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About Jane Leavy

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By Sam Milton and Raecine Williams

Jane Leavy was born in 1951 and grew up on Long Island, attending Barnard College and graduate school at Columbia University. As a young girl, Leavy became enamored with the world of baseball, which her father introduced her to, going with him to games and listening to them over a transistor radio even when she snuck into the synagogue with her by her grandmother.

After completing an undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Leavy decided she wanted to be a sports journalist and went to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she wrote her master’s essay on Red Smith, one of America’s greatest sportswriters.

Leavy was a staff writer at The Washington Post for nearly a decade, writing for the sports, then style sections. She covered baseball, tennis and the Olympics and wrote features and profiles for the paper. She has also been a staff writer for Self and womenSports magazines as well.

Leavy transferred her sports writing into writing books, including New York Times bestsellers “The Last Boy”, “Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy” and the novel “Squeeze Play”, which shows the authors’ effortless talent in story-telling and unique ability to grip her audience.

Leavy is currently working on a book about Babe Ruth.