Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers


"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 ...

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"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.

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Editorial Reviews

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
Library Journal
Baseball's history is full of teams that left their original communities for opportunities elsewhere. The Dodgers did this in 1957, and Brooklyn has been lamenting it ever since. Golenbock's tapestry of firsthand accounts includes legends Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snyder, and Roy Campanella. Starting with its earliest history and ending with the move to Los Angeles, Golenbock's commentary offers insights into the team that endeared itself to the residents of Brooklyn. Narrator Raymond Todd skillfully reveals the personalities of the many oddball characters. While the Brooklyn Dodgers enjoy a special place in the hearts of many post-World War II-era New Yorkers, the team left 45 years ago, and nostalgia should be dimming by now. Recommended where local interest merits.-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486477350
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: Dover Baseball Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 490,515
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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
A Heartfelt Acknowledgment

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