Jackie Robinson’s legacy is well known, so there is no need for me to lay it out there for everyone. Perhaps he has had the single greatest social impact on the game during his life and after it as well. Regardless of his legacy, Jackie Robinson has had a serious amount of articles and books written about him. Danny Peary has put together a book that is a compilation of Jackie Robinson quotes. It introduces a new and interesting way to see the profound impact Robinson made on the game.
Danny Peary’s book follows a unique path as far as a book goes. The format falls in line with his other book Derek Jeter In Quotes. Both of the books paint an interesting picture of their subjects. The Jackie Robinson volume draws from books, player and manager interviews, newspaper articles, historians and some quotes from Jackie himself. It allows the author to show a more intimate portrait of Robinson that a simple one dimension biography is unable to display.
Danny Peary’s books are always enjoyable to read and this one is no exception. The other books he has collaborated on are thoroughly researched and the subjects are accurately portrayed to the reader. This book is no exception to his past works and the new format he has with the quotes make it a very enjoyable read. You get both a feel for Robinson as well as the person making the quote. So in essence you are getting more than one perspective in this format.
I said it about the Derek Jeter In Quotes book and it carries true on the Jackie Robinson volume as well, this is a welcome change from the standard baseball player autobiography. Quite honestly when you read several different books in a year, you embrace a change and really enjoy something out of the ordinary. Fans should check this out because I can almost guarantee if you think you know everything about Jackie Robinson, you don’t. This book will surely give you some new information to add to your Jackie Robinson arsenal. Check it out I do not think you will be disappointed.
Time marches on, it is inevitable. No matter what you are applying a time analogy to, it is unstoppable. In baseball, a sometimes overwhelming characteristic is nostalgia. The players were better, the teams were better, the game on the field was better, the hot dogs were better, even some teams that existed were better just because they existed. The Dodgers have been gone from Brooklyn for almost 60 years, but to some degree they still live on. Ebbets Field is long gone and the last remaining Dodgers are starting to pass away, but the Bums of Brooklyn are still alive in the minds of many fans. Todays book takes a look at how the Brooklyn Dodgers were more than just a team that played in a New York neighborhood.
The Dodgers were loved by the fans of Brooklyn, possibly more than any other team in all of baseball. They were a pillar of their community and woven so deeply into it that they were almost considered part of the family by the local residents. It is not hard to understand why all these years later they are still the most popular subject pertaining to Brooklyn.
David Krell has put together a nice new book that looks at the importance of the Dodgers in Brooklyn and beyond. He starts with giving some background history about the team and its ownership. Starting from the teams birth, you see how they came to call Brooklyn home, and eventually became the tenants of Ebbets Field. You walk through the teams storied history and eventual rise through the National League. You see historical moments that happen in Brooklyn and how the team became a part of the communal fabric. The author shows the reader the financial struggles, management challenges and ownership fights that all helped shape the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The part of this book that not many other books have gone as far at looking in-depth at, is the struggles of the real world that helped shape the Dodgers fortunes. Deaths of owners, financial struggles and drastic shifts in the desires of our society have all had a hand in shaping the Brooklyn Dodgers. I have seen other books touch on these subjects, but this one goes a little further in-depth in that analysis. Essentially it is the changes after World War II in our society that effected the Dodgers the most. It wasn’t just O’Malley’s desire for a new stadium that removed the Dodgers from Brooklyn. This book walks the readers through a series of cultural events that paved the way for their exodus to Los Angeles.
There are many books out there chronicling the Dodgers existence and each has its own merits. This one as well has its own merits, but it does give the reader a little different angle at which to view the Dodgers time in Brooklyn. Baseball fans and history buffs should check this one out, you will really enjoy it.
You can get this book from the nice folks at McFarland Publishing
I have always had trouble with coffee table books. Sometimes it was the size of the book that made it cumbersome, other times it was the content. Basically the author tried to cram too much information into one book. So that has left me on the fence where these books were concerned. I am seeing as I continue with this blog that as my horizons expand on baseball subjects, so does my taste for the coffee table books. I have found another one that I liked that was worthy of being shared.
This book has some incredible pictures of some iconic ballparks. That is the short version of why I am fond of this book. It takes a look of some of the most famous and historical stadiums in baseball history. Places such as Ebbets Field, Old Yankee Stadium, The Polo Grounds, Fenway, Wrigley and Tiger Stadium. The book gives the reader a look at some seldom seen photos of both the inside and outside of each ballpark. It talks about some of the historical events that happened in each palace, as well as some of the characters that called it home. Each ballpark is given its hard-earned due. It respects the rich history at each place and shares with the reader the great qualities that each place has or had.
Another cool aspect of the book is that it almost a pop-up book for adults if you will. For each ballpark, it gives you little pieces of memorabilia for each place. It could be postcards, ticket stubs or reproductions of programs from historical games. Each stadium has its own pocket these little treasures are contained in so they don’t get lost. It’s a neat little feature that you don’t normally find in these books. I was surprised by this one and thought it would just be another stadium book, but it earned its space in the bookcase.
I realize coffee table books sometimes are not worth the space that they take up in your bookcase, but this one is different. Even though it is over-sized, I don’t think you will be disappointed by giving this one a chance. It will add a special something that you don’t usually find in these type of books.
You can get this book from the nice folks at Thunder Bay Press
As they say, good things happen in three, so lets check out a third stadium book this week. Some stadiums both past and presents are icons within baseball. Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, The Polo Grounds and last but not least, Ebbets Field. Located of course in Brooklyn, it was the scene of many disappointments, but also an enduring love affair between the Brooklyn fans and their Bums. Very few connections between a team and their fans has rivaled what the Dodgers had in Brooklyn.
The Greatest Ballpark Ever, Ebbets Field and the Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers
By Bob McGee – 2013 Rivergate Press
New York Baseball prior to 1958 had to be something amazing to experience. Three iconic teams within spitting distance of each other, with at least one of them fighting for a pennant each year. Each of those teams had a special place in their communities and the fans gave them their heartfelt support. The Dodgers seemed to be the strongest in their fan support and the weakest on the field. While playing in charming Ebbets Field the Dodgers always were waiting for next year. Most times next year never came but their fans stood behind them.
Bob McGee has written a very interesting book that chronicles the Dodgers time in Ebbets Field. It takes a look at all the unique factors that made Ebbets Field what it was and why it holds such a special place in baseball history. What the author also does is give in-depth coverage of the people and the history of the Dodgers during that same time period. You get stories about the building of the park and the obstacles that were overcome to create it. You also get stories about the Dodgers in the early part of the twentieth century as well as the years leading up to integration. Finally, you learn about the final years of Ebbets Field and the vacating of the team to Los Angeles.
It seems when you have a book about the Brooklyn Dodgers it is always full of integration stories and how Brooklyn changed the game. While it was the most important single event in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers and to some degree baseball as well, it is not all their past glory. When you read some other books you might get the impression Jackie Robinson was the only thing that happened in Brooklyn in the first half of the century. This book in no way ignores the importance of Jackie Robinson, but it does also remember the other team accomplishments. This is the most comprehensive Brooklyn Dodgers history I have come across prior to Jackie Robinson’s first appearance.
This book should be a must have for the history students of the game and Dodger fans alike.
You can get this book from the nice folks at Rivergate Books