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Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgersby Peter Golenbock
Synopses & Reviews
Of all the teams in the annals of baseball, only a select few can lay claim to historic significance. One of those teams is the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, the first racially integrated Major League team of the twentieth century. The addition of Jackie Robinson to its roster changed not only baseball but also the nation. Yet Robinson was just one member of that memorable club, which included Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Pete Reiser, Duke Snider, Eddie Stanky, Arky Vaughan, and Dixie Walker. Also present was a quartet of baseballand#8217;s most unforgettable characters: co-owners Branch Rickey and Walter Oand#8217;Malley, suspended manager Leo Durocher, and radio announcer Red Barber.
This book is the first to offer biographies of everyone on that incomparable team as well as accounts of the moments and events that marked the Dodgersand#8217; 1947 season: Commissioner Happy Chandler suspending Durocher, Rickey luring his old friend Burt Shotton out of retirement to replace Durocher, and brilliant outfielder Reiser being sidelined after running into a fence. In spite of all this, the Dodgers went on to win the National League pennant over the heavily favored St. Louis Cardinals. And of course, there is the biggest story of the season, where history and biography coalesce: Jackie Robinson, who overcame widespread hostility to become Rookie of the Yearand#8212;and to help the Dodgers set single-game attendance records in cities around the National League.
Golenbock's oral history of the scruffy Brooklyn Dodgers tells the team's tale through the words of such legends as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, and Duke Snider as well as ordinary fans.
"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time."—The New York Times
"An era is brought to life with remarkable, consistent passion."—Newsweek
"Golenbock gathers stories of a team, a park, and an era gone by in Bums. Few teams experienced more greatness or more heartbreak, which makes the book worthwhile for an audience wider than just New Yorkers or just National League fans."—Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Before heading west in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were among baseball's most beloved and colorful teams. It's been over fifty years since they moved to Los Angeles, but they remain ingrained in the fabric of our national pastime. In this oral history of "dem bums," bestselling author Peter Golenbock tells the team's tale through the recollections of former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.
In their own words, Dodger legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and other greats recall the club's ups and downs. Brooklyn fans and other baseball enthusiasts will savor these warmly nostalgic accounts, which range from reminiscences of the magic of Ebbets Field to tales of Jackie Robinson's historic debut, The Shot Heard Round the World, the triumphant 1955 season, and the ultimate betrayal by a certain Walter O'Malley. Sixteen pages of vintage photographs complement the text.
It's been over 50 years since they moved to Los Angeles, but the Brooklyn Dodgers remain ingrained in the fabric of our national pastime. Golenbock's oral history of these "lovable losers" tells the team's tale through the words of Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, and other Brooklyn greats.
About the Author
Lyle Spatzand#8217;s many books include Dixie Walker: A Life in Baseball and (with coauthor Steve Steinberg) 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, winner of the Seymour Medal (Nebraska, 2010).
Table of Contents
ONE Charley Ebbets-The Magic of Ebbets Field-Larry and Leo-The Lip-The Fans-The Gold Dust Twins-A Lost Pennant-Macphail Resigns
TWO The Neighborhood-The Coming of Mr. Rickey-Scratching for a Tie-The First Playoff
THREE Leo gets in Dutch-Leo Gets Nailed
FOUR The Legacy of Happy Chandler-The First-Montreal-Petioning for Bigotry
FIVE Brooklyn Embraces Robinson-Ty Cobb in Technicolor-Boit Stands In-Cookie and Friddo
SIX The Ole Redhead-The Return of the Prodigal Son-Leo Becomes the Enemy-Bot and Oisk-Rex
SEVEN Brooklyn Against the South-The Real Jackie-Big Newk-A Pennant on the Final Day-Again
EIGHT O'Malley uber Alles-Abie is Out at Home
NINE O'Malley Takes Over-Chuck and Clem-Robby Saves the Day-Death to the Giants-The Giants Get Lucky-The Fallout
TEN Dick Young-Chuck Dressen-Loes and Black-The 1952 World Series-Gil
ELEVEN Roger Kahn-The Mad Monk-The Duke of Flatbush-Skoonj-The Best Team Loses, Again-Where's the Heart?
TWELVE Walt Alston
THIRTEEN KingKarl and Sandy Koufax-Ed Roebuck-A Special Night for Pee Wee-The Catch-Champs at Last-Triumphant
FOURTEEN A Gift-Dale Mitchell's Day-Don Newcombe's Legacy-The End of an Era
FIFTEEN The Exodus-Rumblings-In Search of Judas O'Malley-The Betrayal-The Last Supper-The Mourners-The Ashes
"Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston and Reese," by Marianne Moore
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