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"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time." -- 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 wid"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time." -- 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 the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, bestselling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans. Dodgers legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and many others recall the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club in their own words.Among his many books are Dynasty, the definitive history of the 1949-1964 New York Yankees (also available from Contemporary Books); Wild, High, and Tight, his revealing biography of Yankees manager Billy Martin; and Wrigleyville, an oral history of the Chicago Cubs. He has been a frequent guest on many television shows, including A&E's Biography, ESPN's 50 Greatest Athletes, and Larry King Live. He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida....

Title : Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers
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ISBN : 978067155455
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 610 Pages
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Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers Reviews

  • noisy penguin
    2019-02-16 18:19

    This book was awesome for a Dodger loving baseball history nut like myself. Not just about the team itself, but about Brooklyn, the fans, the regulars that roamed the stands at home games...Golenbock paints a really clear picture. I can imagine sitting in the stands and hearing Hilda Chester roaming the stands, beating on her frying pan with her ladle.

  • Larry
    2019-01-21 17:44

    Bums takes you back to a time when baseball was as much a part of your life as church and community. Baseball was the fans and the players. For the fans it was a game that was a very real part of you. Players played the game for the love of the game and won as a team not as individuals. When owners like O’Malley took it away and made it a business the fans lost something special; a feeling that can’t be duplicated in any other sport. Players lost too. Some of the real colorful players were lost to the owners imposed conformity.I highly recommend this book. Take the time to just sit and enjoy reading it while you visit Brooklyn in the early days. When you arrived first thing in the morning in front of the local store to await the morning newspaper so you would be first to hear how the Dodgers did. Play stickball in the streets pretending to be your favorite player, and gathering up bottles to get enough money to get into Ebbets Field. You can never go back, but through this wonderfully written book we can all go for a visit.

  • Russell Woodward
    2019-01-30 17:31

    This was a nice history of the Dodgers before they went to LA. Definitely some language, but a lot of neat history about Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo, Pee Wee Reese, and all the rest of the players. I loved how much people lived for baseball back then. I think almost everyone in Brooklyn was heartbroken when Walter O'Malley moved them to LA. This book just reminded me of simpler times. Great read.

  • Stephen
    2019-01-21 17:46

    Bring this book back into print! This is one of the best baseball books I've ever read - over 600+ pages of oral history showing what a whacked out sport baseball used to be. The crazies, drunks, kooks and goofs straight from the horses' mouths.

  • Bill Christman
    2019-02-15 20:44

    It is tough for me to feel neutral about the Brooklyn Dodgers. I have a love/hate relationship with them and their history but it is probably similar to the Red Sox lore. The team itself is something I respect and can into, but those that surround the team, their extremely literary fans who overly romantisize the team can be grating. In the Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers that Peter Golenbock has written here it is the players I enjoy listening too. It is the fans and Golenboch himself who drive me a insane with their hero worship and romance with a bygone era and team. A first problem I have with the book is one that probably had no reveal of earlier times. In the oral history one can only go back so far and some great stories of bad teams that the Dodgers had are lost. I know they once had three runners end up on third base, but these bad teams Golenboch moves quickly past. The focus begins on the great team that begins to arise with their National League pennant in 1941. The team’s common link is shortstop Pee Wee Reese. The focus is on this era, when the Dodgers were a top team in the National League, and one of the best in baseball. The era, mainly after the Second World War, were teams that Branch Rickey built. This team had all-star caliber players at every position except left field. This team was an excellent hitting ball club and their consistent failure in the World Series was due to the Yankees supremacy in pitching. It became a yearly tragedy for Brooklyn. The other factor is this group of ball players were a close team and probably came about due to the intergration of the game with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. The Robinson story is a great story and Golenboch follows it accordingly, as everyone else who covers the team during this era, and as many whop have written about it since. It is still a great and interesting story, but it is repeated every year and there is nothing new here. The other players on the Dodgers have been interviewed on this countless times. What is interesting is the profile of Jackie Robinson that Golenboch brings to light is one of a ballplayer who needed constant praise, and perhaps tried to control more of the team than he was due. It was nice that he wasn’t deified in this book, which I like because it made him more human, and that makes me respect his accomplishments more.The other familiar story is that of Branch Ricky v Walter O’Malley for control of the Dodgers. Both men were born salesman who were touched by the blarney stone. Both were cheap, a bit greedy and it is perhaps because of these similiarites that caused them to hate each other so. Rickey seemed perfectly willing to make money from the market he was in and to maximize its potential. Sell unneeded good players for profit along with having a good team made any club profitable in Rickey’s eyes. O’Malley, to use a Dodger fan belief, perhaps possessed more imaginative greedy schemes. The hatred of O’Malley for taking the club to Los Angeles, as expressed by the Dodger fans in the book, shows the emotional attachment that many had to the club. It is also an expression of the romantic notions they had for what the club meant to Brooklyn. The hatred spewed at O’Malley is aimed at the man who took away the symbol of the community that was separate from New York. As much as I think it would have been cool if the Dodger stayed, I do not fault O’Malley. I do find fault with all the fans that were glad to hear that O’Malley was dead. That overblown emotion towards O’Malley is stupid because how many others would have decided to do the same thing when negotiations were going nowhere with the city of New York. O’Malley gave everyone plenty of warning, no one listened. Then when he leaves, the politicians, who blew it in the first place, spin the hate onto O’Malley because he actually did something. In New York the market was divided by three, when the Giants and Dodgers moved they were staking a claim to an entire new city and the baseball market out in California. In a way they were helping baseball by spreading out the wealth. It was no different than the Braves giving Boston to the Red sox and taking Milwaukee or the Browns giving St. Louis to the Cardinals and staking out Baltimore. We do not hear about those teams leaving, and they left in the years preceding the Dodgers move to LA, but we hear about the New York teams because as a media capital, a literary center, the teams leaving was able to be better expressed as the end of a world. They were also consistently winning teams which the Braves or Browns were not.The world changed and the Dodgers were just a very good baseball team that left, but the world did move on. And the past went into the illusion of a better, purer, much more romantic time.

  • Mike Walters
    2019-01-18 17:22

    As a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and baseball in general, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the kind of insight and information I am looking for when I read a history book. Unfortunately, many historical sports books don't deliver on this. Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers is NOT one of those books.

  • Wes Bartlett
    2019-02-14 22:41

    This book was very interesting and brought back many memories of my years growing up when I used to listen to and watch Dodger games. I remembered many of the players mentioned in the book. I think I like the images of the players I had growing up as opposed to the images the author presented.

  • Drtaxsacto
    2019-01-16 22:41

    I became hooked on the Bums in the early 1950s. If you were good in grade school when I was there the teacher would allow you to listen to the World Series. In 1952,53,55 and 56 the Dodgers were in the Series. I learned a little about them then - they were the first team in a world series to have a grand slam scored against them and to have a triple play done against them(both well before I started to know them). But in those first years that I was listening they had a series of mishaps until 1955. Then on October 4, they beat the Yankees at Yankee stadium in the seventh game. They won again in 1959 after they had moved to the left coast.I had a brother who was a Braves fan so even some of the years after that when the Dodgers were a bit old - I could tolerate it. When they moved the team to LA, I listened to Vin Scully broadcast games on a crystal radio.This book is a series of extended interviews with a good range of players and fans for the time the team was in Brooklyn. Goldenbock did a brilliant job in telling their story both from the perspective of the team and the neighborhood. He tells the story of Sandy Amoros amazing catch in the sixth inning of 1955 (after replacing Junior Gilliam who had moved over in the outfield); of Hildy Chester (the loud mouthed fan who became a Dodger fixture and a host of players I had forgotten about. He spends too little time on Red Barber, who coined a plethora of baseball phrases. To hear Barber broadcast a game was to hear understatement. Scully has many of the same qualities but not the literary and country references. He underplays the Giant's signal stealing trick but he makes up with that fault with tons of other stories that give you a good idea about how baseball actually works.He keeps coming back to Jackie Robinson - both because he was such a compelling figure both on and off the field but also because he got the support of most all of his team-mates. The PeeWee Reese story told in 42 - actually did happen. He retells the story of Ben Chapman - actually Robinson was a bit more gracious with the jerk than the movie portrays. But the picture of Robinson is of a compelling player, regardless of his race. He spends a bit of time on Dan Bankhead who was the second African American to come up with the Dodgers, who did not fare as well as Robinson.His last couple of chapters come down on Walter O'Malley, who in my humble opinion, created modern baseball. Goldenbock sees O'Malley as a greedy destroyer of a borough of NYC; I think there is another story. But then of course I am a Californian. If you liked the Boys of Summer or or Wait Until Next Year - you will love this.

  • Tom Gase
    2019-01-23 17:21

    What a great book. It seems as if I had read a dozen books on the Brooklyn Dodgers, but this had a lot of new material. Kind of a journey of a book, it takes you from the building of Ebbets Field but quickly goes into the early 1940s and takes you into the years where the Dodgers, called the Bums, had Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campenella, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Pete Reiser, Eddie Stanky, Junior Gilliam, Carl Furillo, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Ralph Branca, Leo Durocher, Charlie Dressen, Walt Alston, Sandy Amaros and many, many, many more including owners Branch Rickey and Walter O Malley. Book has some of the finest writing I've ever seen and very good reporting. Told by writer Peter Golenbock but uses a ton of help through quotes from the players mentioned above and many many more. Kind of like Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, but although I love that book, may have liked this one a little more. It seems Golenbock keeps himself out of the story a little more in this one and lets the players do the talking. Other famous people like Larry King and Pete Hammill are quoted often in this book. An absolute must, a requirement for all Dodger fans and a should be a must read for all baseball fans. An instant top 25 book of all time for me, was said to see the story end but I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  • Gary Grimes
    2019-02-10 18:34

    This book is so much more than a history of the Brooklyn Dodgers it is a book that brings you back to a time of innocence an innocence that has been lost by the transformation of the game of baseball into the business of baseball. Read about the players like Robinson and Erskine, Furillo and Campenella and so many others. If you love baseball you will love this book. It is an oral history told from the point of view of players, fans, managers, coaches, announcers, and management. I now better understand the free agent mentality of players that has corrupted the sport but understand that the likes of owners like O'Malley. A very entertaining read.

  • Mike
    2019-01-22 16:21

    This is a book I've been wanting to read for the past 20 years and which I finally broke down and bought for myself on my last birthday. What an in-depth and singular treat Bums is, filled with earthy, behind the scenes stories! If you are not hooked by page 17 or so, when Leo Durocher is dispensing his 7 pm dating advice to a reporter, then this is probably not the book for you, but if you want an entirely human lens through which to view the deeply loved, deeply missed Dodgers of Brooklyn, then this is most definitely your book. It's riveting reading in a way that also fills the soul and makes you laugh.

  • Steve Shilstone
    2019-01-31 23:32

    Takes you there and reveals the ferocious competition and not so pretty underbelly of baseball, presenting real people in their own words.

  • Wendy
    2019-01-18 23:31

    This is one of my favorite of my brother's books. Read it with In The Country of Brooklyn (2009)

  • Michael Mudrick
    2019-01-27 22:33

    I loved every page.I couldn't put it down.

  • Jack
    2019-01-31 22:43

    An entertaining account of the Dodgers' pre-Los Angeles era, of course, but also a fascinating social history of 20th century Brooklyn.

  • Kenneth Flusche
    2019-02-06 17:32

    Excelant History of Brooklyn Baseball love the Human element