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Carl Furillo, Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star Paperback – November 18, 2010
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"This book offers something unique, something that even the most prominent sportswriters of the past were unable to obtain: extensive, in-depth interviews with Carl Furillo…. The author has given him the voice and the venue he never had when he was alive." --Judith Testa, author of Sal Maglie, Baseball's Demon Barber
"Reed is at his best in analyzing and clarifying the two specific incidents that diminished Furillo's image when his playing days ended. He uses Furillo's own words along with the testimony of teammates, to refute the charge that he was opposed to Jackie Robinson joining the Dodgers in 1947. The more significant 'rap' against Furillo concerns his 1960 departure from the Dodgers. The roles of Marvin Miller, Andy Messersmith, Dave McNally, and Curt Flood have been well covered in the literature of baseballs labor-management relations. But Furillo's case, which appears to be a gross injustice, has not." --Lyle Spatz, baseball historian.
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Ted Reed, a veteran journalist who has worked for the Sacramento Bee, the Miami Herald, and is currently a reporter with TheStreet.com, has written a life of Carl Furillo that makes a compelling case for his inclusion in Baseball's Hall of Fame. He chronicles Furillo's contributions as a right-fielder with a powerful arm, a clutch hitter who came through for the Brooklyn Dodgers on many occasions, and a dedicated, dependable ballplayer in an era when players were more like working class heroes than like today's spoiled, overpaid superstars. Reed gives us a sense of the man inside the uniform, too, limning those character traits that resulted in Furillo's eventual breach with the Dodgers, and, ultimately, to a misapprehension of Furillo's true legacy.
In rehabilitating the misunderstood Furillo, Reed does so with respect, not sycophancy. His style is spare and direct, distilling the essential facts of Furillo's career and life into a well-paced, stimulating narrative that comes to a pitch in the chapter titled, "The game turns sour," where the reader gets a behind-the-scenes look at Furillo's contract negotiations with the Dodgers following the 1960 season. In less capable hands, this chapter could have been phlegmatic, or mired in legalistic complexities. Instead, Reed writes with verve and suspense, and delivers a clear and concise analysis of contractual matters. There is pathos, even a touch of the tragic, in Furillo's conviction that he has been ill-used; a man stubbornly resisting life's inevitable trajectory.Read more ›
I agree with a previous reviewer that the cover showing home plate with the words "Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star" appear to be quite juvenile. The book itself contains 181 pages of text, but I did find quite a bit dealing with Furillo's suit against the Dodgers after leaving the team in a dispute with Buzzie Bavasi over contractual matters. This led Furillo to believe he was being blacklisted by other owners. Carl tried without success in finding employment in any capacity with any other major league team. Carl, being one to speak his mind, often offended others with his opinions, but one always knew where they stood with him.
Furillo caught a break early in his career when Commissioner Happy Chandler suspended Dodgers' manager Leo Durocher. Carl and Durocher were at odds with one another due to Leo's belief that Furillo couldn't hit right-handed pitchers. Replacing Durocher was Burt Shotton, one of Carl's favorite managers. Charlie Dressen being the other one.
The year 1953 saw Furillo have his best season when he reigned as the National League batting champion although his season was cut short when he charged the New York Giants' dugout to challenge Manager Durocher. Furillo ended up with a broken little finger. Sal "The Barber" Maglie was another nemesis for Furillo as Maglie was known to pitch high and tight to batters.Read more ›
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An honest book about carl.he had to be good if the dodges passed on Clemente.two of the best arms ever.Published 9 days ago by Albert Policano
With a little bit of polish and public relations savvy and, perhaps, one memorable shining moment to overshadow his fight with Leo Durocher in which he broke his hand, Carl Anthony... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Stephen Fuchs
This well written, carefully researched book adds some depth to the story of Carl Furillo. He has been easy to characterize as a blue collar type with narrow opinions, but Mr. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by J. Desmond
"Carl Furillo was a mainstay of one of baseball's most cherished teams, the 1946-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by A reader
This book should bring long-overdue recognition to one of our most overlooked and misunderstood baseball stars. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Dave Carpenter
They say you don't know where you're going unless you know where you've been. Yet too many of today's baseball fans know nothing of the extraordinary history of the game they... Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by J. Sarles