From 1857, when Brooklyn was an independent city, baseball thrived until the Dodgers and Giants fled West in 1957. Goldstein, a New York Times sports editor, provides a nostalgic story of glory and pathos. Beginning with the deeds of Brooklyn's pre-major league teams, he chronicles Brooklyn baseball from the Trolley Dodgers, Bridegrooms, and Robins to the Daffiness Boys and latter-day Dodgers. He repeats oft-told tales of Wilbert ``Uncle Robby'' Robinson, Casey Stengel, Babe Herman, Roger Kahn's Boys of Summer ( LJ 2/15/72), Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson, and even the still hated Walter O'Malley. This fond memorial gives fuller coverage to the Brooklyn years than Stanley Cohen's The Dodgers: The First 100 Years ( LJ 4/15/90) and is recommended. It will be especially popular with New York area fans.--Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N . J. up at bat, Morey Berger: Watch for LJ' s spring lineup of baseball books, reviewed by longtime LJ reviewer Berger, in the Sports section this February 15.