notes on government, sports and popular culture
......This month's sports biography: Jane Leavy's Sandy Koufax
At the height of his career, Koufax encountered a new phenomenon: the liberal-touchy-feely sports media.
"In time, the excess of one era was replaced by another. Purple prose, underwritten by free food and free booze, gave way to sports page psychoanalysis. Sportswriters became interested as much in how players felt as in what they did.
"For athletes of Koufax's generation, the rules changed mid-game. Everything became fair game: adoption, divorce, marriage; remarriage, wife-swapping, wife-beating. Suddenly, ballgames were just not events but media events; and thanks to the Game of the Week and postseason play, ballplayers were TV stars, especially telegenic ones like Koufax."