The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown: 60 Years of Baseball in Vero Beach

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Ironically, the last year of Dodgertown will mark the sixtieth anniversary of the team's relationship with Vero Beach, a sleepy beach town a couple of hours north of Miami. Since 1948, when Branch Rickey first brought his team to a former naval air station for training (the players slept in barracks), the Dodgers have practiced fundamentals in a bucolic setting. Featuring roofless dugouts, a grassy berm surrounding the outfield, and intimate seating for 6,400, Holman Stadium has been home to the Dodgers longer ...
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Overview


Ironically, the last year of Dodgertown will mark the sixtieth anniversary of the team's relationship with Vero Beach, a sleepy beach town a couple of hours north of Miami. Since 1948, when Branch Rickey first brought his team to a former naval air station for training (the players slept in barracks), the Dodgers have practiced fundamentals in a bucolic setting. Featuring roofless dugouts, a grassy berm surrounding the outfield, and intimate seating for 6,400, Holman Stadium has been home to the Dodgers longer than even famed Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
 
Granted special access to the team's archives and personal interviews with players, management, and staff, Rody Johnson offers a fascinating and remarkable history of the sometimes rocky relationship between the city and the team. Beginning with the signing of Jackie Robinson in 1946 and ending with the close of spring training in 2007, The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown traces the changes in baseball and society for more than a half century. It is a story of community, passion, and the beauty of an American sport.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031941
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/2/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 986,922
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Rody Johnson, a life-long Dodger fan and a long-time Vero Beach resident, is the author of Different Battles and In Their Footsteps.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
The Late Forties
Brooklyn Dodgers Select Vero     3
The Future of the Brooklyn Baseball Team Is Here     11
Branch Rickey's Kingdom by the Sea     22
The Fifties
Call Me Walter     31
Grace and the Boys of Summer     39
Champions of the World     48
So We're Going     58
Los Angeles Dodgers     67
The Sixties
Dodgers Not Being Booted     77
The Dodgers and Vero Prevail     85
Wins and Losses     94
Glad the Sixties Were Over     104
The Seventies
A Team and a Town in Transition     111
A New Era     118
Hail to the Chief     124
The Eighties
We Love Our Vero Beach Dodgers     135
Ups and Downs     143
Refuse to Lose     154
The Nineties
Not for Sale     163
Like Leaving Your Spouse after Fifty Years     172
The Mystique Is Gone     180
Big, Bad Media Company     189
Two Thousand and Beyond
We Don't Like 'Em Much Anymore     197
Fear for the Future     206
What's Up Next, Skip?     215
The Ugly and the Lovely     227
Like Brooklyn, a Fond Memory     238
Afterword     245
Notes     249
Bibliographic Essay     273
References     283
Index     287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

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    At exactly the stroke of midnight last night, I read the last page of Dodgertown and laid the book aside. It was a wonderful read. I was sorry it ended. The book is a winner in so many ways. Obviously, a tremendous amount of research went into it. But at the same time, it wears its research well, never becoming a tome. Knowing virtually nothing about Vero, the Dodgers, or the history of baseball, I kept learning on each page, while growing familiar with the place, the people, and the wonderful mystique of spring training. I really felt I was there. And so, I was saddened, I mean really moved and at times angry, during those final chapters when everything seemed to fall apart. Your own last pages indicate that you, and probably others, have philosophically come to grips with the passing of the good old days, but for a reader like me, new to it all, it's terribly difficult to let go. I kept wanting to go back to the O'Malley days. I felt personal loss in that I'll probably never be able to experience the special nature of Dodgertown. Oh, sure - another team may come in. For a while it even looked as though it might be the Orioles. But even if the Os' had moved to Vero, the camp wouldn't have been the same.

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