Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers [NOOK Book]

Overview

Bums is the intimate story of one of the most beloved franchises ever, told by the men who lived it, and brilliantly compiled by the master of baseball oral histories, Peter Golenbock. From the building of Ebbets Field through those first dismal decades; to Durocher and Rickey and the development of an all-star lineup; to Jackie and Pee Wee and Gil, Duke, and all the others; to the pennants and that world championship. Read about the Brooklyn Dodgers as you've never read before. No schmaltz or phony nostalgia, ...

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Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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Overview

Bums is the intimate story of one of the most beloved franchises ever, told by the men who lived it, and brilliantly compiled by the master of baseball oral histories, Peter Golenbock. From the building of Ebbets Field through those first dismal decades; to Durocher and Rickey and the development of an all-star lineup; to Jackie and Pee Wee and Gil, Duke, and all the others; to the pennants and that world championship. Read about the Brooklyn Dodgers as you've never read before. No schmaltz or phony nostalgia, just the real story from the real men who lived and played through the magical years in a bygone time. There is pride and pain in the players' memories, and a bittersweetness that comes from being good, and at times great, but not as great as they hoped and expected to be. Bums is a true baseball classic, considered by many to be the best history of the “Trolley Dodgers” this side of Boys of Summer. The book includes dozens of interviews and anecdotes, great photos, plus a special focus on Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough to the major leagues. Winner of the prestigious Casey Award for best baseball book of 1984. Despite countless books on the Dodgers that have followed, none top Golenbock’s.

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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

  • BN ID: 2940046031317
  • Publisher: Summer Game Books
  • Publication date: 6/4/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 652,627
  • File size: 6 MB

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
Index         
      
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