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The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers (Memorable Teams in Baseball History) (English Edition) par [Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)]
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Of all the teams in the annals of baseball, only a select few can lay claim to historic significance. One of those teams is the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, the first racially integrated Major League team of the twentieth century. The addition of Jackie Robinson to its roster changed not only baseball but also the nation. Yet Robinson was just one member of that memorable club, which included Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Pete Reiser, Duke Snider, Eddie Stanky, Arky Vaughan, and Dixie Walker. Also present was a quartet of baseball’s most unforgettable characters: co-owners Branch Rickey and Walter O’Malley, suspended manager Leo Durocher, and radio announcer Red Barber.

This book is the first to offer biographies of everyone on that incomparable team as well as accounts of the moments and events that marked the Dodgers’ 1947 season: Commissioner Happy Chandler suspending Durocher, Rickey luring his old friend Burt Shotton out of retirement to replace Durocher, and brilliant outfielder Reiser being sidelined after running into a fence. In spite of all this, the Dodgers went on to win the National League pennant over the heavily favored St. Louis Cardinals. And of course, there is the biggest story of the season, where history and biography coalesce: Jackie Robinson, who overcame widespread hostility to become Rookie of the Year—and to help the Dodgers set single-game attendance records in cities around the National League.

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  • Editeur : University of Nebraska Press (1 avril 2012)
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Par Rick Shaq Goldstein - Publié sur
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As always... I write my reviews in such a way as to present to a potential purchaser the type of information and feelings that I myself would hope to get reading someone else's review before I purchased a book. So the first thing I will take my own literary license with is that I consider this "book" to be more of an encyclopedia than what most everyday people would consider a "book". This encyclopedia of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers which of course was the year and team that Jackie Robinson broke the modern color line in Major League Baseball with, and the title of the book is one-thousand-percent correct when it says the Brooklyn Dodgers... *FOREVER CHANGED BASEBALL AND AMERICA!*

As a born and raised Brooklyn Dodger fan... with parents that made the lovable "Bums" part of my everyday life... and whom to this day I say that my Mother (let alone my Father) knew more about the Dodgers and baseball than anyone else in my neighborhood. I bought this book about seven months ago and never finished it completely till now. During this period I did read and complete about twenty other books. Why you may ask? Aaah... well here's why I addressed the problem of describing this as more of an encyclopedia than a book. First of all for an old-time-old-school... not only Brooklyn Dodger... but an any team old-school-baseball fanatic... as interesting as each short biographical story was on each player... each player's story ended much like an extra-large baseball card might end. In other words... it ended... and then another player with no continuing story or saga tied to the end of the prior player began. So in essence that's why I have gone to the detail I have to give it a separate rating as a book AND as an encyclopedia. And I feel I'm not alone in stating that a normal person wouldn't sit down and start reading an encyclopedia from start to finish. So I read other books during the time period I read more and more of this encyclopedia.

If that's understood... let me now tell you about this encyclopedia of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. The author's should be highly complimented on their research. The detail from birth to death (if now deceased) is amazing! The author's include every single Dodger that even played one game during this historical season. It also is very sad in a way... because as you get to know even the mostly unknown members of this team... due to 1947 being so long ago... most of the player's story end with their death. So just after getting to know them intimately... you literally have to say goodbye to them... as the old saying goes "We hardly knew ye".

There are also almost daily update summary pages of the season... and detailed reporting on the 1947 World Series... reviews of all the major awards for the season including MVP... Rookie Of The Year... Top Pitcher... stories on the Dodger broadcasters, advertisers and owners.

The quotes regarding some of the greats... not so greats... and hanger-on's... are priceless. There are so many... so it's hard to pick one or two to tempt a potential reader... but two that I'd love to share with you are regarding "Pistol Pete" Reiser... who might have been the greatest player to ever grace a ball field. Unfortunately **PISTOL-PETE-NEVER-MET-A-WALL-HE-DIDN'T-LIKE!**

Why would I say he may have been the greatest player who ever played? "Before his multitude of injuries, "teammate (and future Hall Of Famer) Billy Herman-who had played with hall Of Famers Chuck Klein and Hack Wilson-said Pete Reiser was the greatest player he had ever seen on a baseball field." If that isn't enough for you... how about Hall Of Fame Manager Leo Durocher who also managed a pretty good ballplayer by the name of Willie Mays who said: "Pete Reiser might have been the best ballplayer I ever saw." In addition to Reiser once having last rites performed on him while he lay on the field. Here is a quote from this encyclopedia about Reiser's injuries in his career:

"THERE IS NO OFFICIAL COUNT OF Reiser's baseball injuries, but the best guess reads something like a dozen collisions with unpadded fences, five skull fractures (though he claimed only four), a chronically dislocated shoulder, two broken ankles, damaged knee cartilage, torn muscles in his left leg, and two beaning's in the days before batting helmets. As a player HE WAS CARRIED OFF THE FIELD ON A STRETCHER ELEVEN TIMES-SIX TIMES CONSCIOUS, FIVE TIMES NOT."

This is the type of priceless anecdotes that pepper this wonderful encyclopedia. If you get it... take your time and enjoy it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book - a good read for any fan of baseball history 11 mars 2012
Par DTroppens - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I just received this book about a week ago and have just started the process of reading it. It appears to be a very good book. I have skipped along to different parts of the book and have enjoyed each portion of it to this point. Like many of these SABR books that are out, the book contains great biographies on each player, however, the book goes a bit deeper than others in terms that the biographies aren't the only facet of the book. I'd suggest it to any fan of baseball history. And I'm willing to bet even the most obsessive fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers era will probably learn something that they didn't know before. The price is realistic as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great SABR book 20 juillet 2013
Par Scott Brimer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is another great SABR book. If you are interested in baseball history this book is for you. It has chapters on all players from the 47 team and I really enjoyed it. It can be a bit repetitive because of the format but the information provided out weighs that
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice book about a great team. 10 décembre 2013
Par John D. Burke - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Pretty good history. Before my time, but I remember being disappointed when Dodgers moved to LA, as did the Giants.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Racial History on the Diamond 24 février 2013
Par melalbert - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
It is a very interesting book that I find hard to read as it has been picked up and put down many times without finishing it. It does have significant importance as a piece of our country's racial history, unpleasant as that may be.
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