In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.
This story can prove to be a great resource for librarians when dealing with youths who are more interested in sports than reading. It gives them a resource that is educational, inspiring and can serve as a connection between the act of playing sports, learning about current teams as well as the history of them. Additionally, this book could be recommended to little league coaches to boast the morale of their team and lend inspiration to players.