Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles

Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles

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by Michael D'Antonio
     
 

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes a revealing biography of "one of the most polarizing figures in baseball history" (The New York Times).

If ever there was a figure who changed the game of baseball, it was Walter O'Malley. Criticized in New York and beloved in Los Angeles, O'Malley was one of the most controversial owners in theSee more details below

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes a revealing biography of "one of the most polarizing figures in baseball history" (The New York Times).

If ever there was a figure who changed the game of baseball, it was Walter O'Malley. Criticized in New York and beloved in Los Angeles, O'Malley was one of the most controversial owners in the history of American sports, altering the course of history when he uprooted the Dodgers and transplanted them to Los Angeles. While many critics attacked him, O'Malley looked to the future, declining to defend his stance. As a result, fans across the nation have never been able to stop arguing about him and his strategy-until now. Forever Blue is a uniquely intimate portrait of a man who changed America's pastime forever, a fascinating story fundamental to the history of sports, business, and the American West.

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Publishers Weekly

Although Walter O'Malley has been dead for nearly 30 years, D'Antonio's latest work is perhaps the most meticulously detailed and comprehensive account to date of the former owner of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Through research in O'Malley's letters, documents and myriad interviews with those close to him, D'Antonio (Tin Cup Dreams) presents a well-rounded portrayal of one of the most polarizing figures in baseball history: one New York writer referred to O'Malley as "one of the three worst human beings who ever lived," while a Los Angeles journalist described O'Malley as a man who "did more for baseball than any commissioner." D'Antonio paints the whole picture, starting with O'Malley's early days as a lawyer who originally began working with the club in a "troubleshooting" capacity, to taking total control of ownership in 1950. During O'Malley's tenure with the Dodgers, the team had some of its most famous moments in history-the debut of Jackie Robinson, the club's first World Series title in 1955 and, of course, the team's infamous move to Los Angeles. D'Antonio explores everything-O'Malley's business dealings, his personal relationships with Robinson and Branch Rickey, the on-the-field fortunes of the Dodgers. With D'Antonio's access to O'Malley's most personal documents, even baseball historians will find something to learn. (Mar.)

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Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize winner D'Antonio's (Tin Cup Dreams) lively, fascinating account of the Brooklyn Dodgers and owner Walter O'Malley looks at, among other things, the painful economic and political choices that led to the team leaving Brooklyn for Los Angeles. The perfunctory reading by two-time Audie Award finalist Phil Gigante is compounded by his mispronunciations of such well-known baseballers' names as Bavasi, Lavagetto, Reiser, and Veeck. Nevertheless, the content is strong enough to recommend this title to baseball fans as well as to those interested in sports history and the histories of New York City and Los Angeles. [The Riverhead hc was recommended "for all public libraries, especially those near any past or present Dodgers dugouts," LJ 2/15/09.—Ed.]—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101024515
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
382,284
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

“To comprehend baseball’s grip on America, you’ve got to understand the dramatic tale of Walter O’Malley and the Dodgers. With meticulous reporting and elegant prose, D’Antonio brushes away the dust and brings O’Malley's story to life like never before. This is the definitive book on one of baseball’s most fascinating and controversial figures.”
—Jonathan Eig, author of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

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