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"…a fascinating inside look at Dodger history with both the good and the bad spread out in complete detail." --Dodger Dugout

About the Author

Fred Claire developed a passion for baseball while growing up in a small Ohio town. After his family moved to California, Claire graduated from San Jose State in 1957 and set out on a 12-year sportswriting career in the newspaper field. Assigned to cover the Dodgers in 1969, he soon wound up as the team’s publicity director. Claire moved up the ladder to become the executive vice president and general manager of the Dodgers.

This is Steve Springer’s fourth book. He coauthored Winnin’ Times with Scott Ostler, as well as 60 Years of USC-UCLA Football with Mike Arkush and wrote The Encyclopedia of the Lakers. Springer has been a sportswriter for 30 years, with the Los Angeles Times for the last 20 years. Prior to the Times, he worked at the Thousand Oaks News-Chronicle and the Orange County Register. Springer has covered the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Raiders, Kings, USC football and is currently the Times’ boxing writer.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582617325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582617329
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Colicchio on February 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is a Dodger fan (or was a Dodger fan until the bumbling Fox regime got their grubby hands on the team) will find this book to be an interesting and candid look at three decades of Dodger baseball. Claire's book is great because it lets you know what made the Dodgers win with class (a front office under Walter O'Malley all pulling in the same direction), and what recently made the Dodgers a sad laughingstock (a Fox TV exec making a terrible trade to finalize a cable TV deal). And the best part about the whole book is that Claire isn't out to glorify himself or grind an axe towards the Fox people --- he simply tells his story like it was at Dodger Stadium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny Malter on January 2, 2015
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My 30 Years in Dodger Blue is not only a great read for baseball fans, but sports fans in general that have an interest about what goes on in sports from the perspective of management. Although Fred's book has a focus on the Dodgers, anybody that appreciates the game and history of baseball will enjoy this book. The reader will be exposed to the ins and outs of how trades occur in baseball, with the addition of many other captivating stories dealing with some of the biggest names of the time. The O'Malley family has been one of the most influential owners in the history of all sports in America and I have no doubt that much of their acknowledgment is due to Fred.

I most enjoyed Fred's story for the fact that he got to where he is today through hard work and passion. Starting as a young boy in Ohio to becoming a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Fred did things the right way by starting at the bottom and working his way up to the top. Aside from great baseball stories, this book covers valuable life lessons, such as hard work, friendship and passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L. Ball on April 11, 2004
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If you are looking for a book that describes the business side of baseball with lots of personal experiences and honesty, this is one of the best. As a lifelong Dodger fan, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and re-living many of the great Dodger moments through Mr. Claire's eyes and work. Fred Claire is a first-class G.M. and his ethical, honest way of doing business is sorely missed in today's game.
Fox Baseball made a huge blunder when they fired him from his position. But as you will see, Fred Claire's personal beliefs and moral compass were too much for the idiotic "don't know nothin about baseball" folks at Fox.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan A. Coffey on May 5, 2005
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Fred's book offers an excellent first-hand account into the world of a baseball GM. His stories and experiences help to shed some light on what it takes to become a successful sport executive. I don't think there is any better way to learn how to become successful in this business than through someonee who did it himself. This book is excellent for sport management classes as it shows students what skills are necessary in different situations. A MUST READ, I will put this book in my baseball library as one of the most useful books on the business of baseball.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soul scents on April 14, 2004
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Fred Claire writes in detail and is very candid about what went on for 30 years behind the scenes of a successful professional baseball organization. If you want to learn more about a storied baseball franchise, this is an excellent book. It was also very interesting from a business perspective. Fred's point of view and the way he takes responsibility for all of his decisions is refreshing. This is a must read for the sports fan, the business person or anyone else who likes to learn from people who have done it the right way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isaac on April 27, 2005
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If you are a Dodger fan, this book is definitely the book to read! It will give you many insight stories of Dodger's history. I personally have been inspiried by Fred's great dedication to sports. Also, it is a interesting book for those of you who want to be part of the baseball organization. His experience is absoultely helpful!
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Baseball has so many inside stories that never fully come out during the time they are happening. Fred Claire has written what I believe is his accurate account of the many things that happened during his time with the fabled franchise known as the LA Dodgers. It goes much deeper than just anecdotes and stories about the players ( which are entertaining in their own right); but also about the true inner workings about the business of baseball.

Philosophies between ownership, lower team administration and players are discussed in a well described way by Mr. Claire that will, at times, leave you shaking your head at the state of a team and baseball then. It also gives you a perspective and strong reference point as to the direction of baseball's business side then and a solid understanding of how things are today in the national pastime. It certainly is not as simple as putting the best players out there to play every day and this explores the vast amount of variables involved in a team's decision making process.

If you want a deeper story into the inner workings of a club and how it works, this book, Fred Claire, is the one for you. The book brings to light the specifics behind the decision making of the Dodgers and brings an insight as to how a major league team at the time transformed into the Dodgers at that time. Mr. Claire has done a terrific job in recalling his accounts by writing about very detailed situations and making them come alive with his ability to describe specifically what happened- I found the book a great read because of the data Mr. Claire included about things that went on in the Dodger organization in the 70s and 80s that shaped the Dodgers of that era. Enjoy!!

Paul Bean
Hulls Cove, Maine
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