Jane Leavy

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Jane Leavy (born December 26, 1951) is an award-winning American former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of the critically acclaimed 1990 comic novel Squeeze Play, which was called "the best novel ever written about baseball" by Entertainment Weekly.[1] She also wrote a best-selling 2005 biography of Sandy Koufax.[2] She lives in Washington, D.C. She is originally from Roslyn, New York, and graduated from Barnard College in 1974 and Columbia University School of Journalism in 1976. She has a house in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.

Her latest book is The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, an extensive chronicle of Mantle's off-field behavior published in 2010. The book is based on interviews she had with the late Yankee slugger.[3] Excerpts from the book have been published in Sports Illustrated.

On an March 2014 episode of The Sports-Casters, Jane confirmed that she is working on a yet to be named project about Babe Ruth. She hopes to have it on book shelves in 2016.


  1. ^ "Squeeze Play (1990)". ew.com by Allen Barra. 27 April 1990. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Author speaks on how Koufax overcame bias, pain". Sports Illustrated. 24 February 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Brett Favre, Tiger Woods, Sports Bad Boys Couldn't Touch Mickey Mantle".