A Brooklyn Dodgers Reader

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About the Book

The Brooklyn Dodgers are one of the most popular and most beloved baseball teams of all time. This book is a collection of writings about them, arranged chronologically—news reports, articles and excerpts from both fiction and nonfiction works by some of the best baseball writers of the past sixty years. Among them are James L. Terry (from Long Before the Dodgers); John Lardner (“The Unbelievable Babe Herman”); Red Barber and Robert Creamer (from Rhubarb in the Catbird Seat); Harold Parrott (from The Lords of Baseball and “Owen Drops Third Strike”); Robin Roberts and C. Paul Rogers, III (from My Life in Baseball); and Red Smith (“Erskine Fans 14 Yanks,” “Over the River” and “Last Chapter”).

About the Author(s)

Andrew Paul Mele is retired from the Brooklyn Public Library. The author of three other books and several short stories, his articles appear in the Staten Island Advance and the Italian Tribune. He lives in Staten Island.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Andrew Paul Mele
Foreword by Carl Erskine
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 287
Bibliographic Info: appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2010 [2005]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6108-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      xi

Foreword by Carl Erskine      1

I. Warm-Ups
In the Beginning

James L. Terry      5

The Atlantics Triumphant

Brooklyn Daily Eagle      11

The Fields of Brooklyn

Burt Solomon      14

II. Early Innings

History Lesson

Arthur Daley      21

Superbas Open Season with a 1-0 Shutout Defeat

Thomas Rice      23

Uncle Robbie and the Brooks

Arthur Daley      26

Brooklyn v. Boston in 26 Innings

Ralph D. Blanpied      29

The Unbelievable Babe Herman

John Lardner      32

The First Night Major League Game in the Metropolitan Area

Roscoe McGowen      38

The Ole Redhead Comes to Brooklyn

Red Barber and Robert Creamer      40

When Ebbets Field Was a Bad Joke

Harold Parrott      42

Hurricane Larry

Donald Honig      47

Owen Drops Third Strike

Harold Parrott      55

Baseball Goes to War

Frank Graham      57

Havana:      1942

Donald Honig      59

Warm-ups

John C. Chalberg      62

Negro Ace Outstanding Prospect

Harold C. Burr      71

1946: Season of Tumult

William Marshall      74

The Petition

Harold Parrott      78

The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete

W.C. Heinz      80

Hilda, Leo, and Pistol Pete

Donald Honig      93

The Dodgers and Brooklyn’s Ethnic Isolation

Carl E. Prince      95

III. Middle Innings

Brooklyn,      1947

Scott Simon      107

Jackie Robinson’s First Major League Baseball Game

Jimmy Cannon      112

July 18,      1947

Christopher Renino      114

Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie!

Dick Young      119

Maybe Rickey Is a Genius After All

Tommy Holmes      123

Red Barber’s Call of the Gionfriddo Catch, October 5,      1947

Radio Broadcast      126

1948-Leo Crosses the Bridge

Gerald Eskenazi      127

Hodges Erupts

Dick Young      132

My Life in Baseball

Robin Roberts and C. Paul Rogers, III      134

The Emancipation of Jackie Robinson

Milton Gross      138

The Arm

Alan Lelchuk      153

Robby’s HR, Grab Force ’51 Playoff

Dick Young      156

Character, Dignity, Courage

Marino Amoruso      158

What Winning the Pennant Means to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Eagle      163

Dodgers Defeat Yanks; Erskine Fans      14

Red Smith      165

Brooklyns Lose

William Heuman      168

Walt Alston

Peter Golenbock      174

Pee Wee Reese Night

Tot Holmes      178

Who’s a Bum!

Leo O’Mealia      181

Dodgers Champs! Podres Wins,      2-0

Joe Trimble      182

—And Joy Reigned Unrefined

Art Smith      186

Erskine Only Dodger with Pair of No-Hitters

Tot Holmes      190

Over the River

Red Smith      193

Last Pennant in Brooklyn

Jimmy Cannon      195

The Man Was Perfect

Shirley Povich      197

The Longest Night

Michael Shapiro      200

Jackie Robinson: More Than a Ballplayer

J. Ronald Oakley      205

A Shortstop in Kentucky

Roger Kahn      209

IV. Seventh Inning Stretch

In the Cold Gray Dawn of the Morning After

Tommy Holmes      221

1951 and the Miracle Pennant Race

James D. Szalontai      224

The Rivalry

Roger Kahn      227

Last Chapter

Red Smith      229

V. Late Innings

Overture from the Coast

Neil J. Sullivan      235

Let’s Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn

Samuel Denoff, William Persky and Roy Ross      239

Walt, You Can Go, but Own Up as to Why

Jimmy Cannon      241

Twilight of the Bums

Robert Creamer      243

Take Them Away, L.A.!

Chris Kieran      249

It’s Official-Dodgers Go to Los Angeles

Tommy Holmes      251

VI. The Last Out

30 Years of Perfidy

New York Daily News      255

How The Boys of Summer Got Started

Roger Kahn      257

Wreck-Ball Caps Ebbets Field

Dana Mozley      265

There Used to Be a Ballpark

Joe Raposo      267

I’m Sorry They Left

Red Barber and Robert Creamer      268

Appendix: Brooklyn Dodgers in the Baseball Hall of Fame      270

Index      271

Book Reviews & Awards

“highly recommend”—SABR Review; “marvelous…a grand reader…extensive index…a book worth having”—Spitball; “one of the finest collections of baseball writings ever assembled…wonderful history of baseball”—Brooklyn Spectator; “lively, evocative volume…extensive research and legwork”—Staten Island Advance.