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She grew up on Long Island where she pitched briefly and poorly for the Blue Jays of the Roslyn Long Island Little League. On her parents’ first date, her father, a water boy for the 1927 New York football Giants, took her mother to a Brooklyn College football game. She retaliated by taking him to Loehmann’s after the final whistle. It was a template for their 63-year union. As a child, Jane Leavy worshipped Mickey Mantle from the second-floor ballroom in the Concourse Plaza Hotel where her grandmother’s synagogue held services on the High Holidays.
Jane Leavy attended Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she wrote her master’s essay (later published in The Village Voice) on Red Smith, the late sports columnist for The New York Times, who was her other childhood hero.
She has two adult children, Nick and Emma Isakoff, and she lives in Washington, DC, and Truro, Massachusetts.
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In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Jane says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own time: How would Ruth have fared in today’s world, both in and out of the ball park? Off the field, he’d have protectors to shield him against his own...read more
Signature-Reads.com selected Sandy Koufax as one of the 15 books to read before the start of baseball season. They write: Koufax’s name is incredibly well known, but the player is also incredibly private. Jane Leavy does all baseball-fans a service by offering this...read more