Bums: An Oral Histor of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time. " — 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 the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957,the Brooklyn ...
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"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time. " — 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 the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957,the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums,bestselling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players,writers,front-office executives,and faithful fans. Dodgers legends such as Pee Wee Reese,Leo Durocher,Duke Snider,Roy Campanella,Ralph Branca,and many others recall the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club in their own words. Peter Golenbock,a well-known name in sport literature,has written five New York Times bestsellers. Among his many books are Dynasty,the definitive history of the 1949-1964 New York Yankees (also available from Contemporary Books); Wild,High,and Tight,his revealing biography of Yankees manager Billy Martin; and Wrigleyville,an oral history of the Chicago Cubs. He has been a frequent guest on many television shows,including A&E's Biography,ESPN's 50 Greatest Athletes,and Larry King Live. He lives in Saint Petersburg,Florida.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Golenbock, coauthor of The Bronx Zoo and Balls, argues that ``dem Bums'' gave Brooklyn an identity and cohesion that disappeared when the team moved West in 1957. Featuring extensive interviews with Dodger players, fans, newspapermen and company executives, Golenbock concentrates on the teams's glory years, from 1941 until the move. PW called Bums ``a top-drawer effort.'' (March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809223954
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Series: Contemporary Sports Classics Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    fascinating

    The Dodgers left Brooklyn more than a decade before I was born; by the time I finished this book I felt as though I had grown up watching them play. The concept of an oral history is great, and the author did a fantastic job here. He interviewed players, executives, and fans alike in compiling this history. The focus is on the last ten years (1947-57), probably because there are few living people who remember much before that, with special emphasis on Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson and breaking the color barrier, and the magical 1955 season. Oddly, the Dodgers' final season in Brooklyn is more or less skimmed over, with more emphasis placed on the changing demographics of the borough and in demonizing Walter O'Malley (one chapter subhead refers to him as Judas O'Malley). I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball or history.

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