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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, owner of the Dodgers. 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 from Brooklyn 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. Michael D'Antonio's 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.
Michael D'Antonio's newest book, A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for America's Cup, is now available from Riverhead Books.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"Forever Blue" certainly resonated for me, but then I spent many a summer afternoon in the President's box at Ebbets field, since his family and mine were very friendly and lived only a couple of blocks apart in Amityville. To further complicate any objectivity I might otherwise have had, I ended up going to high school at Brooklyn Prep (also Gil Hodges' alma mater), a mere three blocks away from Ebbets Field. So that's my full disclosure, and that said, I liked this book objectively: Walter O'Malley has for fifty-plus years been almost universally -- but, of course, especially in Brooklyn -- impugned as the monster who robbed Brooklyn of its pride and joy. I believe it's about time an alternative theory of the universe was postulated, and d'Antonio does a fine job of that in "Forever Blue." I recommend this book to any sports fan, particularly if you're from NYC, whose mind is open to the possibility that there could conceivably be more than one side to every story. This is the other side of the Dodgers' departure.
This is a great read for fans of the Dodgers and/or baseball in general. Thorough and detailed history of The O'Malley clan and baseball from the teams inception through the move west. Great info culled from surviving players/execs/family members associated with "The Bums." Highly recommended.
D'Antonio's research on the life of Walter O'Malley is interesting and provocative yet one-sided toward the family. He comes up short in a pair of accounts: that Robert Moses is the real villain in the Dodgers (and the Giants) leaving New York City: and that Southern California was ignorant toward baseball until O'Malley and Vince Scully arrived from Brooklyn. What he also fails to note, and no New York journalist will ever admit, that New York City baseball is extremely overrated. New York was ahead of the field regarding the nation's media hub and it's successes are always overstated (even more so in its coverage of the NBA and the praised gushed on the Knicks, whose two titles in the early 70s are treated like the only 'dynasty' ever in the sport). The NY baseball era from 1947 to 1958 is no better than similar spans in Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland and Baltimore and none of those teams relocated. His point from O'Malley that major league baseball is a business is valid but it still remains true that O'Malley was first and foremost, greedy. Robert Moses didn't ruin Brooklyn, Brooklyn ruined Brooklyn with a big boost from the most corrupt government in the U.S., led by Walter O'Malley's father himself. Baseball had thrived in Southern California prior to the Dodgers, an area that developed 10 times as many major leaguers than New York. Vin Scully didn't educate the fans about baseball, he educated them about the Dodgers. D'Antonio fails to note the prior success of the Rams and Lakers, also major league teams, who arrived prior to O'Malley in L.A. The book is a different perspective but no matter what happened in LA, O'Malley is still the person who moved the Dodgers from their rabid fan base.