When Baseball Returned to Brooklyn: The Inaugural Season of the New York-Penn League Cyclones

Overview

Major league baseball has a long, rich history in Brooklyn. From the time Brooklyn started play in 1884 until their move west to Los Angeles following the 1957 season, the Dodgers and their predecessors were the emotional center of the borough's diverse population. But Brooklyn would be without a professional team until June of 2001, when the Cyclones took the field in Coney Island as the Mets' affiliate for the New York-Penn League.

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Overview

Major league baseball has a long, rich history in Brooklyn. From the time Brooklyn started play in 1884 until their move west to Los Angeles following the 1957 season, the Dodgers and their predecessors were the emotional center of the borough's diverse population. But Brooklyn would be without a professional team until June of 2001, when the Cyclones took the field in Coney Island as the Mets' affiliate for the New York-Penn League.

This work follows the rookie-level club from its formation through it first season. Brooklyn Dodgers Carl Erskine, Duke Snider, Clem Labine, Johnny Podres, Ralph Branca, Joe Pignatano and Clyde King comment on their own minor league days, and their days in Brooklyn. Also included are interviews of Cyclones players and fans of both teams.

About the Author:
Ed Shakespeare, a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, has seen the Dodgers play at Ebbets Field. He has also written for the theater and on baseball for children. He lives in Lavallette, New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414598
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Shakespeare, a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, has seen the Dodgers play at Ebbets Field. He has also written for the theater and on baseball for children. He lives in Lavallette, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    If you're a Cyclones fan, it's a must read

    So far I've bought two copies of the book, one for myself and another as a gift for a friend. Ed takes you behind the scenes and interviews everybody associated with the 2001 team as well as the Brooklyn Dodger players. He gives you an in depth perspective on the team taking you from Spring training when the team was being formed to the final game at Williamsport and the aftermath of 9/11 and also discusses the Dodgers as well. Granted if you're not a fan of the team or not a brooklyn baseball fan in general, you may not enjoy it as much as a casual reader. Just as I wouldn't enjoy reading a 350 page tome on gardening. But then again unlike the previous reviewer, if I'm not interested in a subject, I usually don't waste my time and money by buying a buy a book about it. Brooklyn Cyclones fans, will find this book a joy to read. There's a reason why the book is on back order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    When Baseball Returned to Brooklyn..GREAT BOOK!

    This was a great boook about Brooklyn baseball history and the minors. It does seem a bit repetitive at times but over all the book is a tremendous celebration of a great team and a great city! Kudos to the author!! If you love Brooklyn and baseball GET THIS BOOK!!

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