When the Dodgers Were Bridegrooms: Gunner McGunnigle and Brooklyn’s Back-to-Back Pennants of 1889 and 1890

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McFarland, Mar 28, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 212 pages
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Urbane real estate investor Charles Byrne and hustling news editor George J. Taylor joined forces in 1883 to create the club that would become the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nicknamed the “Bridegrooms” by sportswriters after several players got married, they won their first major league pennants in 1889 and 1890 under pioneering manager Bill “Gunner” McGunnigle. This first history of the birth of the Dodgers franchise chronicles the owners’ efforts to build the team, woo fans, and oversee the antics of the colorful cast of athletes—with nicknames like “Adonis,” “Needles,” and “Oyster”—who filled the Bridegrooms’ roster.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
One A Team Grows in Brooklyn
5
Two Der Boss President
24
Three Gunner McGunnigle
44
Four Stars for Sale
60
Five Here Come the Bridegrooms
74
Six A Bridge Too High?
89
Seven Down to the Wire
109
Nine Revolt of the Players
144
Ten Pennant Fever and Labor Pains
160
Eleven Final Inning
175
Epilogue
184
Chapter Notes
191
Bibliography
197
Index
199
Copyright

Eight The PreSubway Series
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A reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal for nearly 40 years, Ronald G. Shafer is a freelance writer in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife, Mary Rogers, the great-granddaughter of Gunner McGunnigle. Visit his website at brooklyndodgershistory.com/a.

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