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Posted October 10, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.