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A baseball legend distinguished by his competitive nature, quick wit, and generous spirit, Lefty Gomez was one of a kind. Told for the first time, this is his remarkable story.


Vernona Gomez recounts her amazing life as the daughter of famous New York Yankee.  Drawing on countless conversations with Lefty, interweaving more than three hundred interviews conducted with his family, friends, competitors, and teammates over the course of a decade, and revealing candid photos, documents, and film clips—many never shown publicly—his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award-winning co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the life and adventures of the irreverent southpaw fondly dubbed “El Señor Goofy.”


Vernona Gomez is the daughter of June O’Dea and Vernon “Lefty” Gomez. As a child, she bounced on Babe Ruth’s knee, made sandcastles on the beach with Joe DiMaggio at spring training and won at cards with the legendary 511 game winner Cy Young who pulled the “Old-Maid” from her hand, much to her delight.

She is an avid Yankees fan and has done extensive research on American history of the 19th and 20th century, with a special focuses on baseball and musical-comedy theatre. Vernona is also a concert pianist who made her debut in Carnegie Recital Hall at the age of 8 years old.  She is the owner and director of the Creative Coaching Music, and has two sons, John and Andrew.

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