By Vernona Gomez, Lawrence Goldstone
“An intimate portrait of a guy whose existence off the sphere was once both as pleasing as his unprecedented baseball career.”—Yankees Magazine
Born right into a small-town California ranching family members, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his strong arm and jocular character throughout the US to the dugout of the recent York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters together with his blazing fastball, setting up himself because the team’s ace. Now, drawing on numerous conversations with Lefty, greater than 300 interviews performed along with his kin, acquaintances, opponents, and teammates over the process a decade, and revealing candid images, files, and picture 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 remodeled, and to find stars who have been stars in an age while that observe fairly 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 higher than his massive athletic achievements.”—Kirkus Reviews
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A society columnist who wrote below the pleasing moniker “Madame X” said that a few of Chicago’s “thoughtful and capable voters” asserted that staging such an occasion will be “tempting destiny. ” Madame X’s warnings although, officials have been selected and plans initiated. Chicago even bid for the 1932 Olympics, which might be driven again to 1933 to coincide with the frenzy of tourists. 1 In July 1929, the reasonable used to be given its professional identify, “A Century of Progress,” and the plans have been each piece as grandiose for the four-hundred-acre component of new parkland alongside Lake Michigan as these for the San Francisco reasonable at which six-year-old Vernon Gomez observed Lincoln Beachey plummet to his dying. the majority of the money had to mount such an attempt was once to be raised with a $10 million bond factor, which was once introduced out on October 28, 1929. The bond used to be snatched up, ordinarily via favourite Chicagoans. the following day, the inventory industry crashed. because the kingdom sank into the melancholy, the organizers pressed ahead. that they had little selection. development on the a number of venues used to be retaining hundreds of thousands of neighborhood workmen drawing paychecks. yet that didn’t suggest organizers weren't apprehensive that the reasonable may possibly degenerate into the largest boondoggle within the city’s heritage. In March 1933, Mayor Anton Cermak, one of many fair’s greatest boosters, used to be assassinated whereas shaking palms with President Franklin Roosevelt in Miami. Which guy used to be truly the objective has been an issue of conjecture. After an influence fight between Chicago’s numerous shady political factions, Edward J. Kelly, a former sanitation commissioner, succeeded to the place of work. confronted with a possible monetary and public kinfolk catastrophe, Kelly solid approximately for a method of marketing the arriving reasonable. one of many males he consulted was once Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick, writer of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick known as in Arch Ward, the newspaper’s activities editor, McCormick’s bedfellow in ultra-right-wing politics, and a guy of huge principles with a promoter’s aptitude. Ward had reduce his the teeth on hyperbole at Notre Dame, the place he have been Knute Rockne’s publicist. Ward presently steered a one-time-only “dream video game” among the simplest gamers of the yank League and the simplest of the nationwide. The managers will be legends: Connie Mack and the lately retired John J. McGraw. lovers would select the players—Chicago enthusiasts, after all. Tribune readers. simply reasonable, considering Ward had talked Colonel McCormick into underwriting the fee. as well as its visible sights, this sort of video game may provide Chicago baseball fanatics one other shot at Babe Ruth, who had humiliated them within the World’s sequence simply six months prior. Kenesaw Mountain Landis may be an issue, of course—innovation used to be not often his lengthy suit—but that may be triumph over via no longer asking the commissioner in any respect, and as a substitute going on to the league presidents. To make the inspiration impossible to resist, proceeds from the sport will be given to assist indigent former gamers. ultimately everybody used to be introduced round. pass judgement on Landis harrumphed yet didn't intrude.