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Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers Library Edition (Anglais) MP3 CD – 1 mai 2003


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HASH(0x94287aa4) étoiles sur 5 This One Should Be a Classic!! 13 février 2011
Par Mcgivern Owen L - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
"Bums" is the near-perfect sports story. Only possible time and geographical gaps may lessen its' impact. Author Golenbock covers the Brooklyn Dodgers from just before WW2 through the funereal 1957 season when the curtain descended on traditional National League baseball in New York City. "Bums" is totally contrasted both in tone and scope from Roger Kahn's classic "The Boys of Summer". It is far earthier as Golenbock eschews Kahn's elegant style. Also "Bums" is no paen to the old Dodger franchise. It hits hard in places, delving into franchise back stabbing, front office power grabs and providing readers veiled or sometimes quite direct pillorying of Dodger icons. Not surprisingly that Dark Knight, Walter O'Malley,takes a few direct shots. What an awful man he must have been.

"Bums" also portrays some wonderful characters in their finest past glory. One time owner Leland Stanford (Larry) MacPhail, manager Leo Durocher are two exemplars of character. Golenbock explains how Branch Rickey smoothly finessed Leo's transit from the Dodgers to the hated Giants in the midst of the '48 season. Imagine the headlines! Among the colorful players are pitchers Kirby Higbe and Billy Loes, who truly did lose a ground ball in the sun! (The sunlight shone through the slots in the side of the Ebbets Field façade). "Why should I want to win 20 games?" Billy asked. "Then they will want me to do it every year!" What perfect logic.

As stated above, there is plenty of mudslinging included to match the nostalgia. Manager Walter Alston is portrayed as a dry, colorless organization man/lackey to O'Malley. This corporate duo put a stop to much of the zaniness. The sainted Duke Snider is termed a "crybaby" by teammate Rex Barney and Jackie Robinson comes across as not the most popular of teammates. This reviewer still remembers his thoroughly unjustified trampling of Giant's second baseman Davey Williams, a man half Robinson's size. Yet it was both sad and unfair that both O'Malley and his errand boy Alston viewed an aging Jackie as an expendable legacy from the Branch Rickey era. Surely they could have found the guy a useful slot. Surely Jackie could have been constructively employed by the team, especially in his native Los Angeles! How happy was Jackie working in a business suit for the Chock Full O' Nuts chain? Shame on the O'Malley!

"Bums" includes a thorough-and still fascinating- recap of the Cal Abrams incident. That would be when the guy was thrown out at the plate by the Phillies' Richie Ashburn in the bottom of the 9th in the final game of the 1950 season. Had Cal been safe at home the Dodgers would have won the '50 pennant. The Phils won the game and the flag on a 10th inning homer. Who hit it? The answer is at the end of this review. "Bums" reminds us that this great franchise lost both the '50 and '51 pennants on the last day of the season and the '46 pennant in a playoff with St. Louis. Finally, there is great one liner worthy of special mention: Everyone knew that Durocher hung out with a fast crowd, including an occasional wise guy. Commissioner Happy Chandler confronted Leo and asked him if he knew capos Joe Adonis("Mister A" to those around him) and Bugsy Siegal. Leo admitted a "nodding acquaintance". "Then stop nodding!", Chandler ordered. Yes, those were the days.

In contrast to Golenbock's "Dynasty", on the post WW2 Yankees, "Bums" is remarkably free of factual glitches. This reviewer caught only one- and that was in reference to a Yankee! This should be an immediate purchase for any former Dodger fan or New Yorkers of a certain age. Others are urged to expand their baseball horizons. All should get into the flow of "Bums" right away. A final question on that wonderful cover photo: Was Jackie safe or out? It looks like the Phillies' catcher(not Stan Lopata or Andy Seminick, who wore different numbers) is about to nail him but maybe he kicked the ball loose. What a perfect capture of a crazy era!

The answer to the tease above is Dick Sisler.
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HASH(0x94287af8) étoiles sur 5 First-hand accounts 31 janvier 2001
Par Raul R Ruiz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The strength of this book lies in the first-hand accounts given by the players, executives, and fans that made the Dodgers franchise what it was. It is around these accounts that the book is built, and there is nothing more fascinating than hearing contemporaries reminisce about Campy or the Duke. This moves the book away from journalism and makes it something deeply personal. A must-have for any fan of the game, and especially of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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HASH(0x94287f30) étoiles sur 5 Detailed and stirring review of the Dodgers history 2 juin 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a wonderful book if you're a fan interested in the early days of baseball, especially the New York teams. The author captures everything around the human spirit surrounding the Dodgers, Ebbets Field, the fans that treated the team like family, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, the Giants and Yankees rivalries.
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HASH(0x94288300) étoiles sur 5 Terrific Baseball history, about Dodgers with Giants and Yankee 8 août 2011
Par Eugene Katzman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I grew up in Brooklyn and was as naive as some of the others who were interviewed. The level of History of those times suprised me. That Casey Stengle was almost a Dodger manager, that my old nemisis the Giants Leo Durocher was part of the construction of great Dodger teams. That the Yankees GM McFail was part of the original Dodger turn around. It was all factually amazing and beyond that, the book made me see a very nuanced view of the people from Lippy Leo, to Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo and others. I couldn't put the book down.
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HASH(0x94287fcc) étoiles sur 5 "Leave us go root for the Dodgers, Rodgers. That's the team for me." --- Dan Parker 21 mars 2014
Par Annie Van Auken - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
BUMS (1984) is a project that author/compiler Peter Golenbock worked on for so long the advance money ran out and he was forced to rely for a while on the generosity of family and friends. It's good that Golenbock lavished much time and effort on this oral history of the Brooklyn Dodgers, for BUMS is one of, if not THE greatest bio of a single baseball team.

The story begins in 1883 with Charley Ebbets, a program and ticket seller at the Brooklyn park who found a way in 1902 to take control of the franchise even though he had no money. Doing so prevented a Dodger exodus and relocation to Baltimore, thus Ebbets was forevermore a saint in his town. The sad demise of "Dem Bums" came at the hands of Walter O'Malley. Even after years of being the National League's most profitable team and following Brooklyn's 1955 World Series victory over the hated Yankees, O'Malley still schemed to abandon little Ebbets Field and move to wherever he could get the sweetest deal. Los Angeles came through in a huge way. Land, a free stadium and parking, and significant tax breaks sealed the deal and after the final game of the '57 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers were no more.

What comes between in this 451 page book is an amazing story of struggle, success, heartbreak and triumph, all told by the players themselves, plus surviving members of the front office, sportswriters and especally devoted fans. For Brooklynites, their Dodgers weren't just a ballteam, they were a way of life. Some of the more incredible details are fan-related, like the Yankee rooter who was murdered by a Brooklyn fan in a Queens, NY bar right after the second game of the '56 World Series, or another man that in 1951 dropped dead when he heard Bobby Thomson's "Shot heard 'round the world" on the radio. This home run off relief pitcher Ralph Branca completed the Giants' improbable late-season surge, and victory over the Dodgers in a three-game playoff.

Often one player's story is told by teammates, but he stll gets the final say. Sprinkled thoughout are page-sized b&w portraits of whoever is being discussed. The tragic Pete Reiser, amazing Jackie Robinson, beloved Pee Wee Reese, hard-luck Don Newcombe and so many others are here recalling moments from when they were young and Brooklyn had a great baseball team.

I read BUMS 30 years ago and loved it, reread it recently and loved it even more.
If you're a fan of the classic baseball era, this one's an absolute must!
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