Brooklyn's Dodgers: The Bums, the Borough, and the Best of Baseball, 1947-1957 / Edition 1

Brooklyn's Dodgers: The Bums, the Borough, and the Best of Baseball, 1947-1957 / Edition 1

by Carl E. Prince
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195115783

ISBN-13: 9780195115789

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Brooklyn's Dodgers, Carl E. Prince captures the intensity and depth of the team's relationship to the community and its people in the 1950s. Ethnic and racial tensions were part and parcel of a working class borough; the Dodgers' presence smoothed the rough edges of the ghetto conflict ever present in Brooklyn life. The Dodger-inspired baseball program at the…  See more details below

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In Brooklyn's Dodgers, Carl E. Prince captures the intensity and depth of the team's relationship to the community and its people in the 1950s. Ethnic and racial tensions were part and parcel of a working class borough; the Dodgers' presence smoothed the rough edges of the ghetto conflict ever present in Brooklyn life. The Dodger-inspired baseball program at the fabled Parade Grounds provided a path for boys that occasionally led to the prestigious "Dodger Rookie Team," and sometimes, via minor league contracts, to Ebbets Field itself. There were the boys who lined Bedford Avenue on game days hoping to retrieve home run balls and the men in the many bars who were not only devoted fans but collectively the keepers of the Dodger past - as were Brooklyn women, and in numbers. Indeed, women were tied to the Dodgers no less than their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons; they were only less visible. A few, like Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Marianne Moore and working class stiff Hilda Chester were regulars at Ebbets Field and far from invisible. Prince also explores the underside of the Dodgers - the "baseball Annies," and the paternity suits that went with the territory. The Dodgers' male culture was played out as well in the team's politics, in the owners' manipulation of Dodger male egos, opponents' race-baiting, and the macho bravado of the team. The day in 1957 when Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, announced that the team would be leaving for Los Angeles was one of the worst moments in baseball history, and a sad day in Brooklyn's history as well. The Dodger team was, to a degree unmatched in other major league cities, deeply enmeshed in the life and psyche of Brooklyn and its people. In this superb volume, Carl Prince illuminates this "Brooklyn" in the golden years after the Second World War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195115789
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
1230L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Integration: Dodgers' Dilemma, Dodgers' Response3
2Political Culture: Reds and Dodger Blue23
3The Dodgers' Male Culture: The New York Rivalries45
4Male Culture: Owners, Chokers, and Dumb Kids60
5The Baseball Culture of Brooklyn's Women77
6The Dodgers and Male Bar Culture92
7The Dodgers and Brooklyn's Ethnic Isolation102
8Kids' Ball: The Dodgers and Brooklyn's Boys119
9The Outer Edges of Dodger Memory138
Appendices149
Notes153
Index193

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