Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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by Peter Golenbock, Raymond Todd
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786192458
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 6.64(h) x 2.03(d)

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