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
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So I’m gonna cross and simply consume my dessert. ’ They have been in love yet hassle used to be coming down the pike. ” within the fall, June ultimately proficient Lefty that if he introduced the topic up yet one more time, the engagement was once off. Lefty used to be undaunted. a number of days later, after a matinee, he arrived at June and Sunny’s condominium within the Greystone lodge at 91st and Broadway and once more insisted June cease operating when they have been married. “You can go away the convey and sit back at domestic with what the Yankees are paying me. ” June didn't yell. She didn't protest. She in simple terms raised an eyebrow, stood up, and walked to the rest room, Lefty in her wake. as soon as inside of, instead of shut the door, June frivolously got rid of the three-carat Tiffany ring from her finger and dropped it into the lavatory. Then, after guaranteeing that Lefty was once observing, she reached up and pulled the chain. Lefty too acknowledged no longer a notice. He became and marched from the condominium. as soon as within the corridor, he tore down the steps to the manager’s first-floor condo and pounded at the door. “Turn off the entire water! ” he screamed while the chief seemed. whilst the executive heard the explanation, he rushed to the basement and close the valves. Plumbers have been summoned to empty the process and wade through the pipes and the traps. It was once hopeless, they acknowledged, yet Lefty made them retain taking a look. the following day, astoundingly, the hoop, lined in muck, became up in a single of the traps. one other guy may have taken the trace, or no less than breathed a massive sigh of aid, then both given up his calls for or again the hoop to Tiffany’s along with his bankroll, if no longer his dignity, intact. Lefty did go back to Tiffany’s, yet in basic terms to have the hoop wiped clean. To Vernon Gomez, gazing 3 carats flushed down the lavatory represented just a transitority setback. He used to be in love with June and there has been without doubt in his brain that she could marry him. weeks later, the engagement used to be on back. To commemorate the celebration, Lefty provided June with that same three-carat ring. This time she didn’t take it off. the 2 stayed married, bumpy although it occasionally used to be, for fifty-six years. For the time period of the engagement, besides the fact that, they have been aside greater than jointly. For something, the workforce spent part its time at the street. “In my day, groups didn’t go back and forth coast-to-coast. The furthest west an important league staff traveled was once St. Louis, yet as the groups have been restricted to coach trip, it nonetheless took us longer. the 2 quickest trains from manhattan to Chicago have been the sixteen-hour big apple Central’s 20th Century and the nineteen-hour Broadway restricted. a visit to steamy St. Louis intended twenty-seven hours aboard the yank. with no air-conditioning, the railroad automobiles have been stuffy and suffocatingly sizzling. We tossed and grew to become within the top berths, continually too brief for any ballplayer over six ft. All we did was once count number the beads of perspiration falling at the ground. “To whereas away the time, we performed card video games like hearts, bridge, or poker. If the stakes ran too excessive, Joe McCarthy curbed our avarice through merely permitting outdated Maid.