Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

By Peter Golenbock
Read by Raymond Todd

19.55 Hours 05/01/2003 unabridged
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Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. Even today, they remain ingrained in the fabric of our national pastime. In Bums, bestselling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans. Dodgers’ legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and many others recall the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club in their own words. Brooklyn fans and other baseball enthusiasts will savor these warmly nostalgic accounts, which range from reminiscences of the magic of Ebbets Field to tales of Jackie Robinson’s historic debut (the Shot Heard ’Round the World), the triumphant 1955 season, and the ultimate betrayal by Walter O’Malley.

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Summary

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Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. Even today, they remain ingrained in the fabric of our national pastime. In Bums, bestselling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans. Dodgers’ legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and many others recall the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club in their own words.

Brooklyn fans and other baseball enthusiasts will savor these warmly nostalgic accounts, which range from reminiscences of the magic of Ebbets Field to tales of Jackie Robinson’s historic debut (the Shot Heard ’Round the World), the triumphant 1955 season, and the ultimate betrayal by Walter O’Malley.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Revealing…memorable…Reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time.” New York Times
“An era is brought to life with remarkable, consistent passion.” Newsweek 
“Golenbock gathers stories of a team, a park, and an era gone by in Bums. Few teams experienced more greatness or more heartbreak, which makes the book worthwhile for an audience wider than just New Yorkers or just National League fans.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Narrator Raymond Todd skillfully reveals the personalities of the many oddball characters.” Library Journal
“Todd offers an excellent reading of this engrossing book…The interviews are extensive and moving, and they set this book apart from the many good books that simply recount the adventures and misadventures of the team.” Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: Peter Golenbock

Peter Golenbock, a well-known name in sports literature, has written five New York Times bestsellers. Among his many books are Dynasty, the definitive history of the 1949–1964 New York Yankees; Wild, High, and Tight, his revealing biography of Yankees manager Billy Martin; and Wrigleyville, an oral history of the Chicago Cubs.  He has been a frequent guest on many television shows, including A&E’s Biography, ESPN’s Fifty Greatest Athletes, and Larry King Live. He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 19.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English