This is rather amazing as this was the time when pitchers were in the game till their arms fell off. He had a reputation as a man you could trust and his work ethic on the baseball diamond carried on, it was a legacy left to him by his parents. He was a four-time twenty-game winner who led the American League in wins, winning percentage, and earned run average twice, and in strikeouts and shutouts three times. A fierce competitor, a lightning quick wit, a bon vivant, and a loyal friend and teammate, Lefty was also capable of screwing up big time his brief furlough from his storybook wedding to Broadway actress June O'Dea, his attempt to quit booze cold turkey and unaided. My only fault I saw in this book was that I thought they could have possibly sped through his post-baseball playing days a little quicker and the book seemed to drag a little the last 100 pages or so.
The Veterans Committee elected him to the Hall of Fame in 1972, a choice that did not meet with unanimous approval by sportswriters. Among the outfields who had played together for five or more years through the 1916 season, only the great Chicago trio of Abner Dalrymple, George Gore and King Kelly 1880-1886. Since then, Gomez was inducted into the Hall of Fame and, now that I know more bout him, really wish I still had that ball. I really enjoyed the footnotes which often contained the story behind the story. An eyewitness to many of the adventures chronicled in the book, Vernona has maintained life-long friendships with many of its contributors. Gomez his daughter and Goldstone then chronicle his purchase by the Yankees and his introduction to New York and his rise to fame.
Other players who were well known and stars at the time but whose names are not familiar to me. Given this superb beginning, the author addresses the question of why he did he not take his place alongside Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Nolan Ryan as one of the truly great pitchers of all time. All in all, a good read. Daughter Gomez and Goldstone Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865—1903, 2011, etc. He played during the era when many other baseball greats whose names are still known by all played. The book was co-written by Left's daughter, Vernona Gomez, and nothing is left out inclding Lefty's later battles with alcohol.
Gomez was a five-time World Series champion with the Yankees. Born to a poor farming family in California, Vernon Gomez followed the same cross-country path to fame and fortune at Yankee Stadium that would be followed a few years later by another Yankee Hall-of-Famer to be, Joe DiMaggio. Anyone who loves the Yankees, and the golden era of baseball, will enjoy this book. Lefty's life from growing up to baseball player, coach, his life after baseball as a public speaker and his battles with alcohol. Three baseball fields are named for him, and to this day the top honor bestowed each year by the American Baseball Coaches Association is the Lefty Gomez Award. Fidel Castro, Papa Hemingway, Kurt Russell, James Michener and too many others to mention here! It's a very well-written biography, co-authored by the pitcher's daughter, and comes across as a very honest telling of Lefty's life-story, warts and all.
Excellent biography one of baseball's more colorful characters. I simply didn't care about that stuff, but obviously it's meaningful to the author - who is the subje Even my love of baseball purely for baseball's sake couldn't propel me all the way through this book. A theme running through the book is the inconsistency that characterized Vander Meer's major-league career. Growing up in a baseball family, Vernona brings an eyewitness account to the adventures chronicled in this book. Lefty Gomez lived a long and productive life and the authors cover it all, from his boyhood in rural Rodeo, California, through his minor-league days with the San Francisco Seals, to his glory years with the Yankees, his career as the most successful salesman ever for the Wilson Sporting Goods company, his long involvement with Babe Ruth League baseball, and his recovery from alcoholism and a nervous breakdown. And a more complex one. I was not required to write a positive review.
He even scored a private audience with the pope. . Gomez holds the record for the most innings pitched in a single All-Star game six, in 1934. The Pirates general manager, Joe L. A fierce competitor, a lightning quick wit, a bon vivant, and a loyal friend and teammate, Lefty was also capable of screwing up big time his brief furlough from his storybook wedding to Broadway actress June O'Dea, his attempt to quit booze cold turkey and unaided. Note: I received and advanced reader copy of this book via the Amazon Vine review program in exchange for a review.
A doubleheader sweep of the Phillies on September 28 put the Pirates just a game and a half behind the Dodgers entering the final weekend. Be prepared to be transformed, and to discover stars who were stars in an age when that word really meant something. Recently, however, scholars like Adrian Burgos Jr. It was his intention for the divorce to be finalized by the time he began spring training in Florida. He Excellent biography one of baseball's more colorful characters.
In 1972 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was a potentially explosive combination. One of his novels won a New American Writing Award, another was a New York Times notable mystery. He did say some very funny things, but he was also a pilot, as well as an accomplished sax player. I renewed this book at the library my full limit of three times and still couldn't get to the end, so I gave up and took it back. The shy DiMaggio and the ebullient Gomez became roommates and lifelong friends.
Even after his baseball career was over he stayed connected to the game. I learned some things about the Yankee I recieved an advanced copy through goodreads first read program. I really enjoyed the format of this book, presenting a story of a man in a way that made me feel like I knew him. Told for the first time, this is his remarkable story. Read this book to learn more, just like I did! His father, Francisco Gomez, had been born in California to a Spanish father, Juan Gomez, and a Portuguese mother, Rita. It is a biography, of course, so some may enjoy reading the details of Lefty's life more than summaries of his baseball seasons. Even my love of baseball purely for baseball's sake couldn't propel me all the way through this book.