Bums No More: The 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers, World Champions of Baseball

Bums No More: The 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers, World Champions of Baseball

by Brian M. Endsley




This is the story of the 1959 Dodgers, a team that rose above its disastrous first season on the West Coast for an out-of-nowhere World Series title. One of baseball's greatest underdog champions, the '59 Dodgers were a rag-tag team made of long shots salvaged from the minor leagues and over-the-hill ballplayers who reached back for one final triumph. After surviving a thrilling three team pennant race, they met fellow long shots the Chicago White Sox in an underdog World Series. Here, the team's story is recounted in detail, with game-by-game highlights, and set against the cultural backdrop of the civil rights movement, the Cold War, and the rock and roll cultural revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786439195
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Attorney Brian M. Endsley lives in Antioch, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Prologue: Los Angeles, September 29, 1959, 5:05 P.M. 5

PART I. Descent: From Brooklyn Legends to L.A. Has-Beens

1. 1955: The View from the Top of the World 9

2. 1956: Bridesmaids Revisited 15

3. 1957: The Year the Brooklyn Dodgers Died 23

4. “A Freak Ball Park” 34

5. The Dodgers Lose Campy 39

6. The 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers: Something Old, Something New 43

7. Major League Baseball Comes to California 52

8. May 1958: Welcome to the Cellar 60

9. Chavez Ravine: The Big Distraction 65

10. The Long Summer of ’58 70

11. September 1958: A Lost Season Comes to an End 80

12. Whither the Milwaukee Dynasty? 85

PART II. Ascent: From Seventh Place to World Champions

13. Restless Winter 97

14. A Voice in the Wilderness 104

15. Spring Roller Coaster: April in First, May in Despair 109

16. The Summer of ’59: Bavasi’s Miracle 120

17. September 1959: A Pennant Race for the Ages 138

18. We Go to Chicago! 153

19. The Go-Go Sox 160

20. The Underdog Series 168

21. An Analysis of the 1959 World Series 190

22. 1959: A Year of Transition 196

23. Turning the Page to the Sixties 207

Epilogue: 50 Years On 223

Chapter Notes 225

Bibliography 237

Index 239

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