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Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

As Leavy points out, Ruth lived as hard as he played; he “imbibed whatever life had to offer.” Ruth’s accomplishments and his appetites for drink and women (he had several extramarital affairs) coincided with the rise of sports journalism and marketing, and his...

The Big Fella is a Top 10 in Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly posted its list of the Top 10 Memoirs & Biographies coming in Fall 2018: This fall sees some striking memoirs by and biographies of movie and TV notables, big-name athletes, and important political figures: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A...

15 Best Books on Baseball to Read

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...

The Stacks Chat

Originally published in the Bronx Banter blog in 2003, this interview with Alex Belth was recently added to The Stacks Reader. Alex: Did you always want to be a sportswriter? Jane: I wanted to be a sportswriter because I wanted to be a writer, and a teacher once told...

Jane Leavy… in Her Own Words

In his 1973 book "No Cheering in the Press Box," author Jerome Holtzman chronicled the lives of the greatest sports journalists of his generation. Four decades later, students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism are updating the concept...

‘Frontline’ Documentary on NFL Premieres Tonight on PBS

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussions Crisis premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former...

Sports Night: Talkin’ Baseball

Moderated by Tim Wendel (Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball and America Forever), four writers talk about their lives in and around sports: Frank Deford (Over Time: My Life As A Sportswriter), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Jane Leavy (The Last Boy: Mickey...

On the Role of the Biographer

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