The Bookshelf Conversation: Jane Leavy

February 17, 2015

Mickey Mantle. Sandy Koufax. Two heroic symbols of the Boomer generation. Two flawed figures, one of his own accord, one of poor luck. Jane Leavy has turned both of their stories into best-selling biograophies.

So what does she do for an encore?

Why not another icon, who wrestled with his own demons, although it didn’t seem to bother his play on the field too much.

Yes, Leavy, who also served as guest editor for the 2011 edition of The Best American Sportswriting,  has taken on the challenge of another project about Babe Ruth. How will this one be different from such estimable books by Robert Creamer, Leigh Montville, and a host of others? What can she offer that hasn’t already been written? That was the crux of our recent conversation.

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