You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

By Winter, Jonah

Publishers Summary:
In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.

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ISBN
978-0-37583-738-8 978-0-37593-738-5
Publisher
Schwartz & Wade Random


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2009

Gr 1-5 This picture-book biography of a pitching ace is a real treat. Much about this private man has been a mystery, so Winter focuses on how the gifted young athlete went from unpredictable to otherworldly in such a short time. Koufax spent his early years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he was either warming the bench or walking batters. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1957, and it wasn't until 1961 that he learned to control his pitch. He then proceeded to flummox opposing hitters until 1966, whe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

As a dominant left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers, Sandy Koufax had had his greatest season ever—leading the league in wins, strikeouts, earned run average, complete games, and shutouts—when he abruptly resigned from the game. Equally mystifying was his earlier transformation from just-promising athlete to star pitcher, and Winter adeptly chronicles both phenomena in a colloquial first-person Brooklynese. Like his previous baseball ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

In colloquial first-person Brooklynese, Winter adeptly chronicles Koufax's star pitching career. Carrilho's illustrations complement the text, exquisit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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