Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between

by Eric Nusbaum


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A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.

Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy.

Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium.

But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541742222
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 37,775
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eric Nusbaum is a former sports editor at VICE. In addition to VICE, his work on sports, history, and culture has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Outside, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Eric was born and raised in L.A. He has spent many hours both attending games at Dodger Stadium, and sitting in traffic to reach those games. He has also lived and worked in Seattle and Mexico City.

Table of Contents

Two Notes xi

Maps xiv

Preface 1

Part I Among the Rocks 7

Part II Sleep to Wake 37

Part III The New Town in Town 91

Part IV Billion Dollar Blackjack 145

Part V Manifest Destiny 199

Part VI Rastreando 255

Acknowledgments 297

Notes on Sources 301

Index 319

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