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October 22, 2010 | By Zev Chafets, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood Jane Leavy Harper: 456 pp., $27.99 As a young girl growing up in the Bronx, Jane Leavy was enthralled not only by Mickey Mantle's amazing ability ? at his best, he was as great as any center fielder in the history of baseball ? but by his blond, blue-eyed good looks, superman physique and country-boy innocence. There are players today who are just as great and graceful ? Alex Rodriguez and Josh Hamilton come to mind ?
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April 1, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
A couple of years ago, for Father's Day, my family bought me the interactive video game MLB 2K9 for the Wii. The great thing about the game, and also its enduring frustration, is its verisimilitude - playing as the 2009 New York Yankees, I had access to all those players, all that talent, although I often couldn't make them win. Usually, I'd play against the machine but on occasion with my then-11-year-old daughter, Sophie, an avowed Yankees hater and...
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April 1, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
A couple of years ago, for Father's Day, my family bought me the interactive video game MLB 2K9 for the Wii. The great thing about the game, and also its enduring frustration, is its verisimilitude - playing as the 2009 New York Yankees, I had access to all those players, all that talent, although I often couldn't make them win. Usually, I'd play against the machine but on occasion with my then-11-year-old daughter, Sophie, an avowed Yankees hater and...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2010 | By Zev Chafets, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood Jane Leavy Harper: 456 pp., $27.99 As a young girl growing up in the Bronx, Jane Leavy was enthralled not only by Mickey Mantle's amazing ability ? at his best, he was as great as any center fielder in the history of baseball ? but by his blond, blue-eyed good looks, superman physique and country-boy innocence. There are players today who are just as great and graceful ? Alex Rodriguez and Josh Hamilton come to mind ?
SPORTS
January 13, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Vin Scully says he's surprised, Joe Torre 's still in shock, the mystery that is an elusive Sandy Koufax for so many years, about to take center stage in Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. There might never be a night like the one with Scully & John Wooden sitting together for 90 minutes as they did 18 months ago, but filling those chairs Feb. 27 with Koufax & Torre has the makings of something just as special. Koufax has taken such a low profile that even though he gave his approval to the 2002 book, "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy," he would not consent to being interviewed by the author, Jane Leavy . In his 1966 autobiography, Koufax wrote, "When I told [my mom]
BOOKS
September 15, 2002 | WALTER BERNSTEIN, Walter Bernstein is a screenwriter and the author of "Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist."
It can be said that there was no better preparation for life's vicissitudes than being a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. After that, no defeat was foreign to you. Hard knocks were not only expected but welcomed; it was how you knew you were alive. What would be tragedy to a Yankee fan was risible to us, mere lagniappe.
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October 22, 2010
The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood. Jane Leavy Harper: 456 pp., $27.99
SPORTS
October 27, 2003 | Larry Stewart
What: "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" (paperback edition). Author: Jane Leavy. Publisher: Perennial/HarperCollins. Price: $13.95. The book that became an instant bestseller and drew so much attention last year is now available in paperback. Jane Leavy, a former Washington Post sportswriter, uses Koufax's perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965, as a backdrop as she adeptly weaves the story of Koufax's life in between pitches.
SPORTS
March 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
It was the first inning, one runner aboard, the count at two balls and two strikes, and Tom Lovrich stared down the 19-year-old rookie batter. USC's junior ace didn't know much about him, except that he more than filled out his gray New York Yankees uniform. "He was a strong, country kid from Oklahoma," Lovrich said, recalling the legendary at-bat that took place 60 years ago Saturday. "Very strong. " Lovrich figured the rookie would chase something low and away for strike three, so the 6-foot-5 right-hander known as "Tall Tom" began his sidearm windup and fired.
SPORTS
January 13, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Vin Scully says he's surprised, Joe Torre 's still in shock, the mystery that is an elusive Sandy Koufax for so many years, about to take center stage in Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. There might never be a night like the one with Scully & John Wooden sitting together for 90 minutes as they did 18 months ago, but filling those chairs Feb. 27 with Koufax & Torre has the makings of something just as special. Koufax has taken such a low profile that even though he gave his approval to the 2002 book, "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy," he would not consent to being interviewed by the author, Jane Leavy . In his 1966 autobiography, Koufax wrote, "When I told [my mom]
BOOKS
September 15, 2002 | WALTER BERNSTEIN, Walter Bernstein is a screenwriter and the author of "Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist."
It can be said that there was no better preparation for life's vicissitudes than being a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. After that, no defeat was foreign to you. Hard knocks were not only expected but welcomed; it was how you knew you were alive. What would be tragedy to a Yankee fan was risible to us, mere lagniappe.
BOOKS
September 28, 2003
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