Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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Courier Corporation, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 512 pages
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"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time."—The New York Times
"An era is brought to life with remarkable, consistent passion."—Newsweek 
"Golenbock gathers stories of a team, a park, and an era gone by in Bums. Few teams experienced more greatness or more heartbreak, which makes the book worthwhile for an audience wider than just New Yorkers or just National League fans."—Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Before heading west in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were among baseball's most beloved and colorful teams. It's been over fifty years since they moved to Los Angeles, but they remain ingrained in the fabric of our national pastime. In this oral history of "dem bums," bestselling author Peter Golenbock tells the team's tale through the recollections of former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.
In their own words, Dodger legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and other greats recall the club's ups and downs. Brooklyn fans and other baseball enthusiasts will savor these warmly nostalgic accounts, which range from reminiscences of the magic of Ebbets Field to tales of Jackie Robinson's historic debut, The Shot Heard Round the World, the triumphant 1955 season, and the ultimate betrayal by a certain Walter O'Malley. Sixteen pages of vintage photographs complement the text.
 

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Peter Golenbock's monument to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He spends some time on the early Dodgers--Casey Stengel, the Daffiness Boys, Pete Reiser and the 40's team. However, most of his attention he ... Read full review

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The glorious and inglorious history of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full review

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Peter Golenbock is a prolific sports journalist and author. He was born in New York City on July 19, 1946 and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 and the New York University School of Law in 1970. While at Dartmouth, he began writing about sports for The Daily Dartmouth, which led to stints with the New York Times and the Boston Globe. It was also at Dartmouth where he became friends with Robert Ariel "Red" Rolfe, the former New York Yankees third baseman and the school's athletic director. Rolfe entertained him for hours with stories of the famous Yankees teams of the 1930's, which had a profound impact on Golenbock's unintended career path. After graduating law school, he eventually landed a job in the legal department of Prentice-Hall Publishing. Surprisingly, he was able to convince the head of the trade book division to allow him to write about the Yankees. The resulting book, Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-64, became an instant bestseller, the first of many for Golenbock. Among his best-known works to follow include; The Bronx Zoo, Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Balls, with Graig Nettles, Bats, with Davey Johnson, Personal Fouls, a look at corruption in college basketball, and Teammates, a children's book about the relationship between Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. His latest work is entitled Rage: The Legend of "Baseball Bill" Denehy.

Paul Dickson has written eight bat and ball books (one on softball, seven on baseball) and is working on the third edition of his Dickson Baseball Dictionary, as well as a new work, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball. He also writes narrative 20th century American history and compiles word books. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland, with his wife, Nancy.

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