By Lawrence Goldstone, Vernona Gomez
A baseball legend distinct by way of his aggressive nature, quickly wit, and beneficiant spirit, Lefty Gomez used to be distinctive. instructed for the 1st time, this can be his extraordinary story.
Born to a small-town California ranching family members, the youngest of 8, Vernon "Lefty" Gomez rode his robust arm and jocular character correct throughout the US to the dugout of the hot York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters together with his blazing fastball, developing himself because the team's ace. He vacationed with Babe Ruth, served as Joe DiMaggio's confidant, and consoled Lou Gehrig the day the "Iron Horse" got rid of himself from the lineup. He began and gained the first-ever All-Star online game, used to be the 1st pitcher to make the canopy of Time journal, and barnstormed Japan as a part of significant League Baseball's grand ambassadorial travel in 1934. clear of the diamond, Lefty performed the big-city bon vivant, marrying Broadway big name June O'Dea and hobnobbing with a who's who of celebrities, together with George Gershwin, Jack Dempsey, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe, George M. Cohan, and James Michener. He even scored a personal viewers with the pope.
And even if his professional ball occupation used to be performed, Lefty wasn't. He turned a countrywide consultant for Wilson wearing items, logging over 100,000 miles a yr, spreading the observe approximately America's favourite online game, and touching hundreds of thousands of lives. In 1972 he was once inducted into the nationwide Baseball corridor of reputation. 3 baseball fields are named for him, and to today the pinnacle honor bestowed every year via the yankee Baseball Coaches organization is the Lefty Gomez Award.
Now, drawing on numerous conversations with Lefty, interweaving greater than 300 interviews performed along with his family members, buddies, rivals, and teammates over the process a decade, and revealing candid photographs, records, and movie clips--many by no means proven publicly--his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award-winning co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the lifestyles and adventures of the irreverent southpaw fondly dubbed "El Señor Goofy."
"I'd otherwise be fortunate than good," Lefty Gomez as soon as quipped--one of many vintage one-liners documented right here. in any case he used to be either. A star-studded romp via baseball's so much excellent seasons and America's such a lot glamorous years, Lefty is instantaneously a long-overdue reminder of a pitcher's greatness and a heartwarming social gathering of a lifestyles well-lived.