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Jane Leavy


Jane Leavy

Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of SANDY KOUFAX and the comic novel SQUEEZE PLAY, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Jane Leavy

Books by Jane Leavy

by Jane Leavy - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

After hitting his 60th home run in September 1927 --- a total that would not be exceeded until 1961, when Roger Maris did it with the aid of the extended modern season --- Babe Ruth embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by New York Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig. Business manager Christy Walsh called the tour a "Symphony of Swat." The Omaha World Herald called it "the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent." Jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus, and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times.

by Jane Leavy - Biography, Nonfiction


Meticulously reported and elegantly written, THE LAST BOY is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from Jane Leavy’s weekend with The Mick after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences about the boy from Commerce, Oklahoma.