By Vernona Gomez, Lawrence Goldstone
“An intimate portrait of a guy whose existence off the sphere was once both as pleasing as his extraordinary baseball career.”—Yankees Magazine
Born right into a small-town California ranching kinfolk, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his robust arm and jocular character throughout the US to the dugout of the recent York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters together with his blazing fastball, constructing himself because the team’s ace. Now, drawing on numerous conversations with Lefty, greater than 300 interviews carried out along with his relatives, neighbors, rivals, and teammates over the process a decade, and revealing candid photographs, files, and movie clips—many by no means proven publicly—his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award-winning co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the existence and adventures of the irreverent southpaw. A star-studded romp via America’s such a lot glamorous years, with cameos from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, George Gershwin, Ernest Hemingway, and Marilyn Monroe, Lefty is immediately a long-overdue reminder of a pitcher’s greatness and a heartwarming social gathering of a lifestyles well-lived.
“His tale transcends activities and provides us a much-needed lesson in grit and grace.”—Jon Meacham
“A loving and wonderfully written tribute . . . Be ready to be reworked, and to find stars who have been stars in an age whilst that note quite intended something.”—Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike within the Morning
“An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose oversized character looms even greater than his massive athletic achievements.”—Kirkus Reviews