Read my comments in the AP’s look at the role of the biographer in light of Petraeus affair: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/petraeus-affair-and-role-biographers
Jane will be discussing new essay about Sandy Koufax in “Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame”—edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy. It is a collection of biographical musings, sociological riffs about assimilation, and reflections on influential and unexpected pioneers in the world of sports. Essays by preeminent writers explore significant Jewish athletes, coaches,… Read more »
John Williams asks books and sports staff members of the Times to share their favorite baseball books, fiction and nonfiction. Tyler Kepner lists Sandy Koufax and The Last Boy as masterpieces of their genre.
Grantland contributor Jane Leavy spent the past decade writing sports biographies about Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle (recently released in paperback). We talked about Koufax and Mantle, Jane’s experiences in being part of the first wave of female sports reporters, why Mantle means so much to guys over 50, and why it’s so hard to… Read more »
By JANE LEAVY | New York Times | October 22, 2011 Among the games people play, baseball is distinguished by the preservation of landmark numbers — 56, .367, 2,632, 4,256. But Major League Baseball does precious little to preserve the places where the game once breathed. Last week, after more than five years of hectoring… Read more »