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Gruver, Ed, 1960-
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Dallas, TX : Taylor Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
264 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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GV865.K67 G78 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV865.K67 G78 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In Koufax, Edward Gruver tells the life story of Sandy Koufax, a man many consider to be the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time. Gruver includes extensive interviews with the player's childhood friends, Brooklyn Dodgers teammates, opponents, front office personnel, and sports journalists who covered his career.

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Booklist Review

Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax may have had the best consecutive years of any pitcher ever from 1961 through 1966, winning 149 games while losing just 47 with a miniscule earned run average and more than one strikeout per inning. He retired at age 30 because of severe arthritis in his pitching arm. The reverential mystique enveloping Koufax to this day is based in equal parts on his magnificence; his retirement, caused by a tragic condition; and his subsequent Garboesque public persona. Gruver, the award-winning author of The Ice Bowl (1997), relies on mostly secondary sources to re-create Koufax's career and postretirement life. Older fans familiar with Koufax will learn little that wasn't common knowledge but can vicariously relive some of those great performances. Young fans can learn how a star could be humble, self-effacing, and gracious while still being as fierce and courageous a performer as the game has known. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

This is the biography of legendary L.A. Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, who for half a decade mesmerized hitters as few have ever done. Described by many as the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time, Koufax dominated batters in the National League, establishing a benchmark that most hurlers only dream about. Consider these stats: from 1962 to 1966, he won 111 games, lost only 34, tossed a no hitter, and also pitched a perfect game. His 1963 season was brilliantDan impressive 25-5 record with a 1.88 ERA, a world series championship, and an MVP award. It's too bad arthritis ended Koufax's playing days prematurely, at age 30. Award-winning sports writer Gruver (The Ice Bowl) has compiled what the publisher touts as the first book on Koufax in 30 years. Drawing on childhood friends, teammates, opponents, journalists, and Dodger management, Gruver has written a compelling story, complete with appendix of notable statistics. Recommended for all libraries. (Index not seen.)DLarry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.