“Our Bums”

The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture


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About the Book

Baseball fans may know the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but they don’t know the whole story. With a foreword by Branch Barrett Rickey (grandson of Branch Rickey), this book fills the void in Dodgers scholarship, exploring their impact on popular culture and revealing lesser-known details of the team’s history.
Personal stories are included from the fans who embraced Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Erskine, Roy Campanella and other icons of Ebbets Field. Drawing on archival documents, contemporary press accounts and fan interviews, the author brings to life the magic of the Dodgers, chronicling in detail the genesis, glory and demise of the team that changed baseball—and America.

About the Author(s)

David Krell is a freelance journalist, author and attorney. He has written for Memories and Dreams—The Official Magazine of the Baseball Hall of Fame; Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal, and thesportspost.com. He is a member of SABR and the bar in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and lives in Jersey City.

Bibliographic Details

David Krell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7799-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1973-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Branch Rickey III 1

Preface 3

Prologue: “He sure hit the hell out of that one” 9

1st Inning: One Borough Under Blue 13

2nd Inning: “No grander name on earth than Brooklyn” 26

3rd Inning: Red, White, and Dodger Blue 42

4th Inning: “Democracy has finally invaded baseball” 66

5th Inning: Silencing the Lip 84

6th Inning: “I guess we weren’t meant to win it” 102

7th Inning: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Brooklyn Dodgers are the champions of the world!” 120

8th Inning: From Happy to Hollywood 142

9th Inning: A Ravine of Gold 166

Epilogue: Vincit Qui Patitur 187

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 205

Index 217

Book Reviews

“The team’s history, marks on the city and many references in popular culture during that time are told in this interesting book by David Krell. This book is one that anyone who has fond memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers…will have to add to his or her baseball library”—The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books.