From the Publisher
"I'll say the same thing about Barney that I always say about Mr. [Branch] Rickey. He was the best, and there will never be another like him."
--Buzzie Bavasi "Barney was always looking for the little extra-special photograph that not too many other guys would think about."
--Duke Snider "We all do fantasy camps at Vero Beach. Well, when someone lines us up for a picture, and they flash the picture, one of us old Dodgers always says, `Uno mas!' That was Barney's line. He always wanted to take one more. `Uno mas! Uno mas!' That was his trademark."
From the Inside Flap
One of the most beloved teams in American sport, the Brooklyn Dodgers, has become a national icon since its departure for the West Coast. Its story has been told many times in many ways . . . but never like this.
Barney Stein was the Dodgers' official team photographer, an assignment he held for 21 years, from 1937 until the team left for Los Angeles. With access that no other media member had, his camera chronicled every aspect of the team's most memorable years--the great games, the legendary stars, the behind-the-scenes moments, and the personalities that made the Ebbets Field era so unforgettable.
For the last half-century, Stein's Dodgers work has remained one of the sports world's lost treasures. Except for rare and scattered glimpses it has not been published or otherwise seen since the team headed west. Now, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers last season in Brooklyn, Barney Stein's Dodgers photographs live again.
With nearly 200 photographs, Through a Blue Lens takes you to every corner of Ebbets Field. Readers will meet the on- and off-the-field legends who made the Brooklyn years so unforgettable, and they'll relive the team's legendary triumphs and heartbreaks, including never-before-published photos of the final game at Ebbets Field in September 1957.
In addition, first-person memories and anecdotes from surviving Dodgers legends give a unique dimension to this Brooklyn family album. Hall of Famers Duke Snider, as well as Carl Erskine, Ralph Branca, Clem Labine, and Johnny Podres join legendary announcer Vin Scully, longtime executive Buzzie Bavasi, and Joan (Mrs. Gil) Hodges to salute Barney not only as a great photographer but as a loving and considerate friend to all who wore Dodger Blue. Also included throughout the narrative are Stein's own words, excerpted from his previously unpublished memoirs.
Bonnie Stein Crosby has lovingly retained and catalogued the Brooklyn Dodgers photos of her late father. Dennis D'Agostino is one of sports' most prolific authors and historians. Together their efforts have vividly and dramatically made the Dodgers' days in Brooklyn come alive . . . through the Dodger Blue lens of Barney Stein.