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Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles Hardcover – March 19, 2009
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Non-baseball fans would no doubt be puzzled by O'Malley's inclusion on the list. But any lover of the game, especially a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, understood the hatred of O'Malley, who had taken the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958. In the half-century since, O'Malley has been branded a greedy villain who did more than move a franchise. He was the man who tore the heart out of Brooklyn.
Efforts by O'Malley's descendants and others to rehabilitate his reputation reach their zenith with Michael D'Antonio's new biography of O'Malley, which was produced with the full cooperation of O'Malley's children. I have read extensively in the field of baseball history, especially New York baseball history, and have encountered a lot about O'Malley, but always as a secondary character. It this volume, he takes front and center. I learned a lot about the man I didn't know before, especially his life before he began doing legal work for the Dodgers.
The O'Malley who emerges in these pages isn't a saint, but he fares far better than he does in most baseball literature. The idea that New York power broker Robert Moses was the true villain in the loss of the Dodgers isn't new--books by Neil Sullivan and Michael Shapiro also support that thesis--but it receives reinforcement here.Read more ›
After several decades of ineptness, Larry MacPhail came over from the Cincinnati Reds and led the Dodgers to their first World Series in twenty-one years and only the third ever. Branch Rickey succeeded the old redhead and the Dodgers played in six World Series over ten seasons; finally winning their only title in 1955. Then, after the 1957 season, Walter O'Malley ripped the heart out of Brooklyn and moved the team to Los Angeles. It was a radical move that opened up the west coast to major league baseball. Kansas City had been the westernmost team before the Dodgers and Giants arrived in southern California in 1958.
No one denies that Walter O'Malley, who had pushed Rickey out of the ownership picture, was making money from the team. O'Malley was a shrewd operator whose father had been a Tammany Hall official. But Ebbets Field, opened in 1913, was an aging grand dame. Cars had replaced Trolleys (the team's nickname was shortened from `Trolley Dodgers', referring to the fans who had to avoid being run down at the confluence of trolley tracks outside the stadium) and there was limited parking at the stadium. O'Malley didn't believe Ebbets Field would be a viable option for his team in the future. He had built a winner: now he wanted a new stadium to play in.
Therein lies the rub: there are two sides to this story.Read more ›
As far as that nonsense that O'Malley did not want to play inside a stadium that was owned by the government. If the city of LA would not of bribed him like they did, the Dodgers would still be in New York today, having played in Shea Stadium all these years.
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It's a little difficult to believe that there has never been a good-sized biography written on the late Walter O'Malley, the now legendary owner of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles... Read morePublished 1 month ago by WDX2BB
Well researched, read easily, missed nothing, and answered questions I wondered about for years. The only thing not here is the fact that the O'Malley's never raised ticket... Read morePublished 1 month ago by czs712
There is no doubt but that Walter O’Malley (1903-1979), known to nemeses and fans alike as “The O’Malley,” was one of the most significant forces in major league baseball (MLB)... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roger D. Launius
I have read many sports books. This is the best. It vindicates Walter O'Malley.
He really did try to keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn. A MUST READ.
IF YOU LOVED THE BROOKLYN DODGERS AND WHO DOESN'T. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK, IT WASN'T O'MALLEY UNDOING THAT CAUSED BROOKLYN TO LEAVE THE BOROUGHPublished 18 months ago by Edward F.Ulon
Christmas present for my husband. He's been a Dodger's fan all his life (cried when they left Brooklyn). Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by margarethe
I love how this book puts together a very complete picture of the man, his times, antagonists and the political maneuvering that went into trying to keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn... Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Shive 1969
I was in second grade when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, a midwesterner that didn't ever care what uniform they wore. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by crafty lefthander
This biography of the man who moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, forever becoming the ultimate villain in the mind of millions of baseball fans, may alter your... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by L. R. Mitlin