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Author : Michael Fallon
ISBN : 9780803288317
Genre : GAMES
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The 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers came close. Their tough lineup of young and ambitious players squared off with the New York Yankees in consecutive World Series. The Dodgers' run was a long time in the making after years of struggle and featured many homegrown players who went on to noteworthy or Hall of Fame careers, including Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Steve Yeager. Dodgerland is the story of those memorable teams as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the "me" era. Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, Dodgerland is told through the lives of four men, each representing different aspects of this L.A. story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team's struggles and triumphs; Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers' season and the changes to California's landscape--physical, social, political, and economic; Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California's ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977-78 from his Manhattan writer's loft; and Tom Bradley, Los Angeles's mayor and the region's most dominant political figure of the time, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic, and economic forces that affected the state at the time. The boys in blue drew baseball's focus in those two seasons, but the intertwining narratives tell a larger story about California, late 1970s America, and great promise unrealized.

The Last Innocents

Author : Michael Leahy
ISBN : 0062360574
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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From an award-winning journalist comes the riveting odyssey of seven Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960s—a chronicle of a team, a game, and a nation in transition during one of the most exciting and unsettled decades in history. Legendary Dodgers Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Dick Tracewski, Lou Johnson, 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. Bringing into focus the high drama of their World Series appearances from 1962 to 1972 and their pivotal games, Michael Leahy explores these men’s interpersonal relationships and illuminates the triumphs, agonies, and challenges each faced individually. 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. While the nation around them changed, these players each experienced a personal and professional metamorphosis that would alter public perceptions and their own. Comprehensive and artfully crafted, The Last Innocents is an evocative and riveting portrait of a pivotal era in baseball and modern America.

Disco Demolition

Author : Dave Hoekstra
ISBN : 1940430755
Genre : Music
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In Disco Demolition, Dave Hoekstra sets the record straight about the night that epitomized the rock and disco culture clash.

Ain T No Sense Worryin

Author : Mickey Rivers
ISBN : 1582617201
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"We'll do all right if we can capitalize on our mistakes." A famous Yogiism? Possibly Stengelese? Guess again -- it's Gozzlespeak, straight from the mouth of Mick the Quick himself. Mickey Rivers is one of baseball's all-time great characters and a lovable legendary New York Yankee. He was an All-Star and a two-time world champion during the wild days of the "Bronx Zoo" Yankees. Now, for the first time, the man who once told teammate Reggie Jackson that he should "stop readin' and writin' and start hittin'" has himself put pen to paper. In Ain't No Sense Worryin', "Mick the Quick" takes you back to a time when the world champion Yankees were wild, free agency was young, and his goals in the game were to "hit .300, score 100 runs, and stay injury-prone." Like his old coach Yogi Berra, Mick speaks a language all his own, and his streetwise stories ring true with love, humor, and genuine affection for the game he played and the friends he made. From the devoted grandmother who inspired him to make it in baseball, through his glory days on the diamonds of California, New York and Texas, to his increasingly legendary stints as elder statesman and current spring training instructor for the Yankees, Mick the Quick has a collection of quotations, stories, and memories that will have you cracking up and possibly scratching your head in confusion. So sit back, stop worryin', and relive a time when "Me, George, and Billy were two of a kind." Book jacket.

Finley Ball

Author : Nancy Finley
ISBN : 9781621575429
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This is the story of a losing baseball team that became a 1970s dynasty, thanks to the unorthodox strategies and stunts of two very colorful men. When Charlie Finley bought the A's in 1960, he was an outsider to the game—a insurance businessman with a larger-than-life personality. He brought his cousin Carl on as his right-hand man, moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and pioneered a new way to put together a winning team. With legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Vida Blue, the Finleys' Oakland A's won three straight World Series and riveted the nation. Now Carl Finley's daughter Nancy reveals the whole story behind her family's winning legacy—how her father and uncle developed their scouting strategy, why they employed odd gimmicks like orange baseballs and "mustache bonuses," and how the success of the '70s Oakland A's changed the game of baseball.

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