Lefty PDF Þ Hardcover

Lefty PDF Þ Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Lefty
  • Vernona Gomez
  • English
  • 09 March 2016
  • 9780345526489

10 thoughts on “Lefty

  1. Lady ♥ Belleza Lady ♥ Belleza says:

    Vernon Gomez nicknamed 'Lefty' for obvious reasons pitched for the NY Yankees from 1930 1942 This is rather amazing as this was the time when pitchers were in the game till their arms fell off They virtually pitched themselves out of their careers Vernon was the type of pitcher that would pitch everyday if asked he had a fierce drive to compete and to win This is the account of his life from the beginning to the end We follow along through the early years of baseball the good and the bad we are introduced to other greats such as Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig Joe DiMaggio Bill Dickey and Phil Rizzuto Other players who were well known and stars at the time but whose names are not familiar to me Even after his baseball career was over he stayed connected to the game 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 did a lot to help break down the race barriers in baseball along with establishing baseball clinics for young players Much of the account is related in stories from people that were there or heard of it where there is a conflict that is brought out too in one event of his life where not much is known the author simply states He never said why he did what he didThis was an easy to read book the narrative was flowing and while not compelling was not boring or tedious It had the background information of Lefty and June's life that you expect from a biography making it a well rounded account


  2. Audra Spiven Audra Spiven says:

    Even my love of baseball purely for baseball's sake couldn't propel me all the way through this book It has some great stories and information but is poorly organized and has the feel of a book that was left without an objective editor for cutting the snippets that didn't matter For instance there were entire chapters on the history of this baseball player's wife and her family and childhood I simply didn't care about that stuff but obviously it's meaningful to the author who is the subject in uestion's daughter Yes I can see why she would think it important to talk about her mother's background as well as her father's but when you're titling a book as a baseball biography it is unfair to go on a tangent that lasts multiple chapters on your mother's childhood and work history chapters that don't mention baseball even one time 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 backNot recommended for general baseball lovers I would recommend it to Yankees fans and that's about it


  3. Warren Warren says:

    Excellent biography one of baseball's colorful characters Lefty Gomez pitched before my time but this book sheds much light on little known facts about the N Y Yankees in the 20's and 30'sthe team that dominated that era Gomez was married to June O'Dea a Broadway star and was close friends of players like Ruth Gehrig and Lazzeri He was a wit loved by the media and everyone that knew himI met Lefty Gomez in 1966 when he visited the ballpark where I was employed in Asheville NC He signed a ball for me which I kept until my two little brothers played with it so much the signature wore off and was subseuently lost and gone forever Since then Gomez was inducted into the Hall of Fame and now that I know bout him really wish I still had that ballThe book was co written by Left's daughter Vernona Gomez and nothing is left out inclding Lefty's later battles with alcoholI give it 5 stars


  4. Anna Anna says:

    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 The uotes and commentary from various sources made for a true to life feel It's also a great book for those who enjoy baseball and are interested in what life is like for baseball players both before during and after their MLB careers


  5. Marty Nicholas Marty Nicholas says:

    A loving biography written by a loving daughter Not a book for one looking for hard nosed inside baseball What I will say is the authors had access to amazing source material Lefty Gomez's career spanned a uniue period in baseballan easy and worthwhile read


  6. Dave Dave says:

    Good story about a great player and an even better person


  7. Jim Jim says:

    A look into the Life of Lefty Gomez the New York Yanks and baseball in the 1930's and 1940's Very entertaining bookLefty was what all ballplayers should be to the fans


  8. Jim Jim says:

    Lefty Gomez is both one of the best known and one of the least known stars in baseball history To the public and press he was “El Goofo” a uniue combination of high velocity fastball affable eccentricity and irreverent wit; a free spirit and natural clown who was so relaxed on the mound that he paused during a World Series game to watch an airplane fly over the Polo GroundsHis friends and teammates however knew a far different person And a complex one Lefty Gomez was widely considered the glue of the Yankee clubhouse throughout the 1930′sTeammates confided in him and asked his advicePrologue to Lefty An American OdysseyWhen I think of the New York Yankee’s of the 1930′s only two names come to mind Gerhig and Ruth Granted there is DiMaggio as well but with a solid and full of stories lore and history book Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone have done a great job of introducing me to another key player of that Yankee dynasty – Vernon “Lefty” GomezTo be published by Ballentine Books next month Lefty An American Odyssey takes the reader on a world wide journey of baseball and life which begins in Rodeo California northeast of San Francisco in 1908 when and where Gomez was born to a working class family His competitive nature asserts itself as he begins to play baseball in fields that are barely diamonds the school teams then semi pro teams and then given the fact that the closest major league city of that day was St Louis with the famous and highly talented San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League Gomez his daughter and Goldstone then chronicle his purchase by the Yankees and his introduction to New York and his rise to fameThe picture they paint of Gomez is I believe a human one They tell story after story of Gomez’s wit and charm in the clubhouse and on the streets of New York and elsewhere But they also share the dark side the sudden and mysterious “divorce” to June O’Dea and the later in life battle with alcoholAlong the way Gomez and Goldstone take the reader on a journey literally around the world that begins with a trip by Gomez Ruth and a host of other baseball greats to Japan to play against the top line Japanese teams And then as Gomez’s arm begins to wear out we follow him down the path of decreased effectiveness and then his unconditional release by the Yankees in 1943I liked this book for a couple of reasons First it gave me a peek at baseball on the American West Coast in the early decades of the twentieth century By the time I was born the Dodgers and the Giants had just left New York for LA and SF and had yet to play their first season there and the shape of west coast baseball was to forever change But teams like the Seals and the Hollywood Stars were the drawing card to west coast and western baseball back thenSecond Gomez’s story is well told The names and places he knew and went read like a ‘who’s who’ list of American personalities and events It is rich in detail and scope as the reader takes a stroll through eight decades of American and world history And even when he died nearly 50 years after his playing days were done the outpouring of love and respect even by the neighbor kids tells you something about this man and his love of people and the game he playedOn my very unscientific rating scale I rate this book an ‘outstanding’ readNote I received and advanced reader copy of this book via the Vine review program in exchange for a review I was not reuired to write a positive review


  9. Claire Hall Claire Hall says:

    It was once said that rooting for the New York Yankees was like rooting for US Steel The retort to that statement was comparing a team that through the decades has produced the likes of Babe Ruth Lefty Gomez and Yogi Berra to US Steel is simple minded Vernon “Lefty” Gomez was indeed one of the colorful characters in baseball history and he receives his due in this biography co authored by his daughter Verona and longtime writer Lawrence GoldstoneThis is a classic cradle to grave biography and it does a great job of telling the story of Gomez’ memorable life and putting it in the context of the times in which he lived 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 The shy DiMaggio and the ebullient Gomez became roommates and lifelong friends That relationship is explored in depth in these pages along with the most significant pairing of his life his half century plus marriage to Broadway star June O’DeaGomez had a native gift for humor; the tale of him stepping off the pitcher’s mound during a World Series Game to watch a plane flying overhead is the stuff of baseball legend That moment and many great stories of his Yankee days are captured in his own voice Gomez wasn’t done with baseball when his pitching arm gave out; he spent his remaining decades as one of the game’s best roving ambassadors both as a salesman for Wilson Sporting Goods and as a board member for Babe Ruth BaseballAnyone who loves the Yankees and the golden era of baseball will enjoy this book


  10. Brent Soderstrum Brent Soderstrum says:

    I recieved an advanced copy through goodreads first read program I am a big baseball fan and I enjoy reading about history You get great baseball history in this book on the life of Vernon Lefty Gomez who was a pitcher for the New York Yankess in the 1930s Lefty's daughter is one of the authors and she gives you an in depth look at her father who was known for being goofy I really enjoyed the footnotes which often contained the story behind the story I learned some things about the Yankees and their stars such as Ruth Gehrig and DiMaggio that made me go wow Learned the reason that the Indians declined their option on Lefty which was suprising Gives the book an R rating Also learned that DiMaggio was planning on remarrying Marilyn Monroe right before she took her own life The authordaughter even covers Lefty and June's marital seperation which I am sure wasn't easy to write about Great read Enjoyed it


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Lefty[Epub] ➝ Lefty By Vernona Gomez – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A baseball legend distinguished by his competitive nature uick wit and generous spirit Lefty Gomez was one of a kind Told for the first time this is his remarkable story  Born to a small town Califor A baseball legend distinguished by his competitive nature uick wit and generous spirit Lefty Gomez was one of a kind Told for the first time this is his remarkable story  Born to a small town California ranching family the youngest of eight Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his powerful arm and jocular personality right across America to the dugout of the New York Yankees Lefty baffled hitters with his blazing fastball establishing himself as the team’s ace He vacationed with Babe Ruth served as Joe DiMaggio’s confidant and consoled Lou Gehrig the day the “Iron Horse” removed himself from the lineup He started and won the first ever All Star Game was the first pitcher to make the cover of Time magazine and barnstormed Japan as part of Major League Baseball’s grand ambassadorial tour in Away from the diamond Lefty played the big city bon vivant marrying Broadway star June O’Dea and hobnobbing with a who’s who of celebrities including George Gershwin Jack Dempsey Ernest Hemingway Marilyn Monroe George M Cohan and James Michener He even scored a private audience with the pope   And even when his pro ball career was done Lefty wasn’t He became a national representative for Wilson Sporting Goods logging over miles a year spreading the word about America’s favorite game and touching thousands of lives In he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame 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   Now drawing on countless conversations with Lefty interweaving than three hundred interviews conducted with his family friends competitors and teammates over the course of a decade and revealing candid photos documents and film clips—many never shown publicly—his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award winning co author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re create the life and adventures of the irreverent southpaw fondly dubbed “El Señor Goofy”   “I’d rather be lucky than good” Lefty Gomez once uipped—one of many classic one liners documented here In the end he was both A star studded romp through baseball’s most glorious seasons and America’s most glamorous years Lefty is at once a long overdue reminder of a pitcher’s greatness and a heartwarming celebration of a life well lived.

10 thoughts on “Lefty

  1. Lady ♥ Belleza Lady ♥ Belleza says:

    Vernon Gomez nicknamed 'Lefty' for obvious reasons pitched for the NY Yankees from 1930 1942 This is rather amazing as this was the time when pitchers were in the game till their arms fell off They virtually pitched themselves out of their careers Vernon was the type of pitcher that would pitch everyday if asked he had a fierce drive to compete and to win This is the account of his life from the beginning to the end We follow along through the early years of baseball the good and the bad we are introduced to other greats such as Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig Joe DiMaggio Bill Dickey and Phil Rizzuto Other players who were well known and stars at the time but whose names are not familiar to me Even after his baseball career was over he stayed connected to the game 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 did a lot to help break down the race barriers in baseball along with establishing baseball clinics for young players Much of the account is related in stories from people that were there or heard of it where there is a conflict that is brought out too in one event of his life where not much is known the author simply states He never said why he did what he didThis was an easy to read book the narrative was flowing and while not compelling was not boring or tedious It had the background information of Lefty and June's life that you expect from a biography making it a well rounded account

  2. Audra Spiven Audra Spiven says:

    Even my love of baseball purely for baseball's sake couldn't propel me all the way through this book It has some great stories and information but is poorly organized and has the feel of a book that was left without an objective editor for cutting the snippets that didn't matter For instance there were entire chapters on the history of this baseball player's wife and her family and childhood I simply didn't care about that stuff but obviously it's meaningful to the author who is the subject in uestion's daughter Yes I can see why she would think it important to talk about her mother's background as well as her father's but when you're titling a book as a baseball biography it is unfair to go on a tangent that lasts multiple chapters on your mother's childhood and work history chapters that don't mention baseball even one time 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 backNot recommended for general baseball lovers I would recommend it to Yankees fans and that's about it

  3. Warren Warren says:

    Excellent biography one of baseball's colorful characters Lefty Gomez pitched before my time but this book sheds much light on little known facts about the N Y Yankees in the 20's and 30'sthe team that dominated that era Gomez was married to June O'Dea a Broadway star and was close friends of players like Ruth Gehrig and Lazzeri He was a wit loved by the media and everyone that knew himI met Lefty Gomez in 1966 when he visited the ballpark where I was employed in Asheville NC He signed a ball for me which I kept until my two little brothers played with it so much the signature wore off and was subseuently lost and gone forever Since then Gomez was inducted into the Hall of Fame and now that I know bout him really wish I still had that ballThe book was co written by Left's daughter Vernona Gomez and nothing is left out inclding Lefty's later battles with alcoholI give it 5 stars

  4. Anna Anna says:

    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 The uotes and commentary from various sources made for a true to life feel It's also a great book for those who enjoy baseball and are interested in what life is like for baseball players both before during and after their MLB careers

  5. Marty Nicholas Marty Nicholas says:

    A loving biography written by a loving daughter Not a book for one looking for hard nosed inside baseball What I will say is the authors had access to amazing source material Lefty Gomez's career spanned a uniue period in baseballan easy and worthwhile read

  6. Dave Dave says:

    Good story about a great player and an even better person

  7. Jim Jim says:

    A look into the Life of Lefty Gomez the New York Yanks and baseball in the 1930's and 1940's Very entertaining bookLefty was what all ballplayers should be to the fans

  8. Jim Jim says:

    Lefty Gomez is both one of the best known and one of the least known stars in baseball history To the public and press he was “El Goofo” a uniue combination of high velocity fastball affable eccentricity and irreverent wit; a free spirit and natural clown who was so relaxed on the mound that he paused during a World Series game to watch an airplane fly over the Polo GroundsHis friends and teammates however knew a far different person And a complex one Lefty Gomez was widely considered the glue of the Yankee clubhouse throughout the 1930′sTeammates confided in him and asked his advicePrologue to Lefty An American OdysseyWhen I think of the New York Yankee’s of the 1930′s only two names come to mind Gerhig and Ruth Granted there is DiMaggio as well but with a solid and full of stories lore and history book Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone have done a great job of introducing me to another key player of that Yankee dynasty – Vernon “Lefty” GomezTo be published by Ballentine Books next month Lefty An American Odyssey takes the reader on a world wide journey of baseball and life which begins in Rodeo California northeast of San Francisco in 1908 when and where Gomez was born to a working class family His competitive nature asserts itself as he begins to play baseball in fields that are barely diamonds the school teams then semi pro teams and then given the fact that the closest major league city of that day was St Louis with the famous and highly talented San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League Gomez his daughter and Goldstone then chronicle his purchase by the Yankees and his introduction to New York and his rise to fameThe picture they paint of Gomez is I believe a human one They tell story after story of Gomez’s wit and charm in the clubhouse and on the streets of New York and elsewhere But they also share the dark side the sudden and mysterious “divorce” to June O’Dea and the later in life battle with alcoholAlong the way Gomez and Goldstone take the reader on a journey literally around the world that begins with a trip by Gomez Ruth and a host of other baseball greats to Japan to play against the top line Japanese teams And then as Gomez’s arm begins to wear out we follow him down the path of decreased effectiveness and then his unconditional release by the Yankees in 1943I liked this book for a couple of reasons First it gave me a peek at baseball on the American West Coast in the early decades of the twentieth century By the time I was born the Dodgers and the Giants had just left New York for LA and SF and had yet to play their first season there and the shape of west coast baseball was to forever change But teams like the Seals and the Hollywood Stars were the drawing card to west coast and western baseball back thenSecond Gomez’s story is well told The names and places he knew and went read like a ‘who’s who’ list of American personalities and events It is rich in detail and scope as the reader takes a stroll through eight decades of American and world history And even when he died nearly 50 years after his playing days were done the outpouring of love and respect even by the neighbor kids tells you something about this man and his love of people and the game he playedOn my very unscientific rating scale I rate this book an ‘outstanding’ readNote I received and advanced reader copy of this book via the Vine review program in exchange for a review I was not reuired to write a positive review

  9. Claire Hall Claire Hall says:

    It was once said that rooting for the New York Yankees was like rooting for US Steel The retort to that statement was comparing a team that through the decades has produced the likes of Babe Ruth Lefty Gomez and Yogi Berra to US Steel is simple minded Vernon “Lefty” Gomez was indeed one of the colorful characters in baseball history and he receives his due in this biography co authored by his daughter Verona and longtime writer Lawrence GoldstoneThis is a classic cradle to grave biography and it does a great job of telling the story of Gomez’ memorable life and putting it in the context of the times in which he lived 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 The shy DiMaggio and the ebullient Gomez became roommates and lifelong friends That relationship is explored in depth in these pages along with the most significant pairing of his life his half century plus marriage to Broadway star June O’DeaGomez had a native gift for humor; the tale of him stepping off the pitcher’s mound during a World Series Game to watch a plane flying overhead is the stuff of baseball legend That moment and many great stories of his Yankee days are captured in his own voice Gomez wasn’t done with baseball when his pitching arm gave out; he spent his remaining decades as one of the game’s best roving ambassadors both as a salesman for Wilson Sporting Goods and as a board member for Babe Ruth BaseballAnyone who loves the Yankees and the golden era of baseball will enjoy this book

  10. Brent Soderstrum Brent Soderstrum says:

    I recieved an advanced copy through goodreads first read program I am a big baseball fan and I enjoy reading about history You get great baseball history in this book on the life of Vernon Lefty Gomez who was a pitcher for the New York Yankess in the 1930s Lefty's daughter is one of the authors and she gives you an in depth look at her father who was known for being goofy I really enjoyed the footnotes which often contained the story behind the story I learned some things about the Yankees and their stars such as Ruth Gehrig and DiMaggio that made me go wow Learned the reason that the Indians declined their option on Lefty which was suprising Gives the book an R rating Also learned that DiMaggio was planning on remarrying Marilyn Monroe right before she took her own life The authordaughter even covers Lefty and June's marital seperation which I am sure wasn't easy to write about Great read Enjoyed it

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