Castle: How Jane Leavy came to write books about Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax

From George Castle at the Chicago Jewish News on May 30, 2019, on SABR member Jane Leavy:

Be it courage or conflict, triumph or tragedy, Jane Leavy has covered the entire gamut of human drama in her compelling books on Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.

And yet the story of how the Bronx-born, New York Yankees-nursed Leavy endured several trials-by-fire to become the top Jewish sports biographer of the past two decades probably outdid any anecdote in her voluminous book texts.

Wind the clock back to 1981 when she was an eager-to-impress, recently-hired sportswriter at the Washington Post in an era where women had just barely been admitted to sports locker rooms.

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Originally published: June 10, 2019. Last Updated: June 10, 2019.