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Legendary Dodgers Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Dick Tracewski, and Tommy Davis encapsulated 1960s America: white and black, Jewish and Christian, wealthy and working class, pro-Vietnam and anti-war, golden boy and seasoned veteran. The Last Innocents is a thoughtful, technicolor portrait of these seven players - friends, mentors, confidants, rivals, and allies - and their storied team that offers an intriguing look at a sport and a nation in transition.

Michael Leahy places these men's lives within the political and social maelstrom that was the era when the conformity of the 1950s gave way to demands for equality and rights. Increasingly frustrated over a lack of real bargaining power and an oppressive management who meddled in their personal affairs, the players shared an uneasy relationship with the team's front office. This contention mirrored the discord and uncertainty generated by myriad changes rocking the nation: the civil rights movement, political assassinations, and growing hostility to the escalation of the Vietnam War.

©2016 Michael Leahy (P)2017 Tantor

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"[A] gripping narrative...By using their personal experiences to tell the story of an oft-recounted era of American history, Leahy's book packs an unanticipated jolt of humanness." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 05-24-17

Reliving my youth

I was a tall kid that just started playing Little League. I could catch a ball so my coach placed me at first base. I watched Wes Parker play every chance I got. TV, listened to Vin Scully on my transistor and followed the team. This book brought those precious memories flooding back. Koufax, Drysdale, Wills, Toborg and so many others. Historic events and the Los Angeles Dodgers, what could be better?

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