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Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers | [Peter Golenbock]

Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling 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 in their own words the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club.

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What the Critics Say

"An era is brought to life with remarkable, consistent passion." (Newsweek)
"Revealing...memorable...reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time." (New York Times)

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    Karen Seattle, WA, USA 02-25-07
    Karen Seattle, WA, USA 02-25-07
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    "A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!"

    WOW, this was just nothing short of a complete history of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Every Dodger fan should add this to their library. Every Giants, Yankees or just plain baseball fan needs to add this book/audiobook.

    Just don't think it is actually the old geezers doing any of the audio...most of them are, well, no longer with us...but included are comments and even several pages of commentary by the all time great players.

    The reader is well spoken and carries a nice pace to his reading. It takes a bit to catch on to the style/format of the book itself but once you do it's a smooth listen.

    I found this at the perfect time for getting revved up for the baseball season...

    While there are not any really adult sections there are a few that younger kids might ask questions about, so if you want your kid to listen be aware a few passages might be a tad off color but nothing horrible and nowhere near as bad as they hear on the playground every day.

    With that I recommend it as a gift for your son or daughter too! Probably age 12 and up to really understand enough of the book especially the times of Jackie Robinson.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-10
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Can't believe how much I enjoyed this"

    There's a reason that 95% of my credits go towards thrillers and suspense books ... because there's nothing more boring than a bland documentary. This is the complete opposite. It was a collection of great stories, interesting items, and enough rich detail to understand what it was like to live in that era. It starts with the early years, and Ebbitts stealthfully buying undesirable land for Ebbitts Field ... when Brooklyn was mostly farms and land (hard to imagine). Then it takes you through 50 years of this country's history, with several significant moments. Sometimes we forget about what it was like in the 40's and 50's.. when there were few choices for sports and radio channels, before TV took off. How the entire neighborhood followed the team and the game was on everyone's radio. The narration is a good fit as well. Well worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Uxbridge, MA, United States 07-14-11
    Marilyn Uxbridge, MA, United States 07-14-11

    I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.

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    "If you love baseball, definitely read it"

    It missed being great by a hair, but it was very good. Lots of inside looks into the hearts and minds of legendary players and some very illuminating visits to the Dodger clubhouse, too. It wasn't quite what I expected, but it was good ... written for serious fans of the sport and especially for those of us who grew up with the Bums as their special team.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Boston 08-08-07
    Wendy Boston 08-08-07 Member Since 2005

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    "excellent"

    Peter Golenbock is brilliant. This book is baseball and history at its best.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roy FRESNO, CA, United States 11-25-13
    Roy FRESNO, CA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and

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    "Good, not great book on the Dodgers in Brooklyn"

    I am a die hard Los Angeles Dodger fan, having moved to LA in 1963, so I never experienced the dodgers in Brooklyn, but I knew the basic history of the team during that time. This book gives an in depth look at the players, managers and owners of the team. it was well written and detailed but it lacked a good narrator.

    Raymond Todd did not bring excitement to the story, his voice was monotone. Even in times of great elation, or sadness, which the Brooklyn Dodgers were full of both, you could not tell it from his narration. If I was not a big Dodger fan I don't think I could have finished it.

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    Robert United States 11-30-12
    Robert United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great insight into a franchise rich with history."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The individual players perspectives on themselves and each other that brought the story to life. The franchise history of the Dodgers had so many interesting personalities prior to the cast of the boys of summer players. Names like Kirby Higbe, Van Lingo Mungo, and Leo Durocher all came to life for me during the book. Even names that I thought I knew were given a deeper look. I was not aware that Jackie Robinson did not get along with Walter O'Malley or manager Walter Alston or that Duke Snider was a sullen, perfectionist that was both adored and chided by the Dodgers fans.


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    A great book for anyone who loves baseball history and likes it from the players perspective.

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