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The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers (Memorable Teams in Baseball History) by [Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)]
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"What a marvelous concept for a book, and so brilliantly realized! Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey changed everything in 1947, but they did not do it alone. From Red Barber and Dixie Walker to Eddie Stanky and Clyde Sukeforth, stars and supernumeraries alike, all played a part in baseball's greatest drama."--John Thorn, official historian for Major League Baseball--John Thorn (09/26/2011)

"The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers were all heroes to me. . . . 1947 started one of the most historic decades in baseball history. Lyle Spatz's book captures that time which set the stage for Brooklyn's world championship."--Carl Erskine, pitcher who won 122 games for the Dodgers from 1948 to 1959 --Carl Erskine (09/26/2011)

"Though there have been numerous books on the Dodgers of that era and on the notable personalities, this is the first to present biographies of every member of the organization in that famous baseball year." Margart Heilbrun, "Library Journal"--Margart Heilbrun "Library Journal ""

""The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers" is stunning in its thorough look at every player, coach and front office member of the team. After all, Robinson and Rickey had the leading roles, but they did not make history by themselves." Bob D'Angelo, "Tampa Bay Online"--Bob D'Angelo"Tampa Bay Online" (03/21/2012)"

"This extraordinarily detailed account of a pivotal year in Dodger history would make a fine Father's Day gift for the nostalgic Dodger fan." Nancy Wong Bryan, "Dugout Club Insider"--Nancy Wong Bryan "Dugout Club Insider ""

"A welcomed contribution to baseball history, this publication contains extremely well written and researched essays presented in a user-friendly format. With their broad appeal to sports historians and baseball fans, the next volumes in this series are eagerly anticipated." Gregory H./i>--Gregory H. Wolf "Journal of Sport History ""

"Dodger devotees, baseball fans, historians, and others will find this a fascinating trip into yesteryear." Duane A./i>--Duane A. Smith "The Historian ""

About the Author

Lyle Spatz’s many books include Dixie Walker: A Life in Baseball and (with coauthor Steve Steinberg) 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, winner of the Seymour Medal (Nebraska, 2010).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6931 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HNHBZE
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HASH(0x8fb4375c) out of 5 stars RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "A 4-STAR-BOOK... A 5-STAR-ENCYLOPEDIA MADE FOR BROOKLYN DODGER & OLD-SCHOOL BASEBALL FANS" 12 Nov. 2012
By Rick Shaq Goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
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As always... I write my reviews in such a way as to present to a potential purchaser the type of information and feelings that I myself would hope to get reading someone else's review before I purchased a book. So the first thing I will take my own literary license with is that I consider this "book" to be more of an encyclopedia than what most everyday people would consider a "book". This encyclopedia of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers which of course was the year and team that Jackie Robinson broke the modern color line in Major League Baseball with, and the title of the book is one-thousand-percent correct when it says the Brooklyn Dodgers... *FOREVER CHANGED BASEBALL AND AMERICA!*

As a born and raised Brooklyn Dodger fan... with parents that made the lovable "Bums" part of my everyday life... and whom to this day I say that my Mother (let alone my Father) knew more about the Dodgers and baseball than anyone else in my neighborhood. I bought this book about seven months ago and never finished it completely till now. During this period I did read and complete about twenty other books. Why you may ask? Aaah... well here's why I addressed the problem of describing this as more of an encyclopedia than a book. First of all for an old-time-old-school... not only Brooklyn Dodger... but an any team old-school-baseball fanatic... as interesting as each short biographical story was on each player... each player's story ended much like an extra-large baseball card might end. In other words... it ended... and then another player with no continuing story or saga tied to the end of the prior player began. So in essence that's why I have gone to the detail I have to give it a separate rating as a book AND as an encyclopedia. And I feel I'm not alone in stating that a normal person wouldn't sit down and start reading an encyclopedia from start to finish. So I read other books during the time period I read more and more of this encyclopedia.

If that's understood... let me now tell you about this encyclopedia of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. The author's should be highly complimented on their research. The detail from birth to death (if now deceased) is amazing! The author's include every single Dodger that even played one game during this historical season. It also is very sad in a way... because as you get to know even the mostly unknown members of this team... due to 1947 being so long ago... most of the player's story end with their death. So just after getting to know them intimately... you literally have to say goodbye to them... as the old saying goes "We hardly knew ye".

There are also almost daily update summary pages of the season... and detailed reporting on the 1947 World Series... reviews of all the major awards for the season including MVP... Rookie Of The Year... Top Pitcher... stories on the Dodger broadcasters, advertisers and owners.

The quotes regarding some of the greats... not so greats... and hanger-on's... are priceless. There are so many... so it's hard to pick one or two to tempt a potential reader... but two that I'd love to share with you are regarding "Pistol Pete" Reiser... who might have been the greatest player to ever grace a ball field. Unfortunately **PISTOL-PETE-NEVER-MET-A-WALL-HE-DIDN'T-LIKE!**

Why would I say he may have been the greatest player who ever played? "Before his multitude of injuries, "teammate (and future Hall Of Famer) Billy Herman-who had played with hall Of Famers Chuck Klein and Hack Wilson-said Pete Reiser was the greatest player he had ever seen on a baseball field." If that isn't enough for you... how about Hall Of Fame Manager Leo Durocher who also managed a pretty good ballplayer by the name of Willie Mays who said: "Pete Reiser might have been the best ballplayer I ever saw." In addition to Reiser once having last rites performed on him while he lay on the field. Here is a quote from this encyclopedia about Reiser's injuries in his career:

"THERE IS NO OFFICIAL COUNT OF Reiser's baseball injuries, but the best guess reads something like a dozen collisions with unpadded fences, five skull fractures (though he claimed only four), a chronically dislocated shoulder, two broken ankles, damaged knee cartilage, torn muscles in his left leg, and two beaning's in the days before batting helmets. As a player HE WAS CARRIED OFF THE FIELD ON A STRETCHER ELEVEN TIMES-SIX TIMES CONSCIOUS, FIVE TIMES NOT."

This is the type of priceless anecdotes that pepper this wonderful encyclopedia. If you get it... take your time and enjoy it!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb439a8) out of 5 stars Good book - a good read for any fan of baseball history 11 Mar. 2012
By DTroppens - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this book about a week ago and have just started the process of reading it. It appears to be a very good book. I have skipped along to different parts of the book and have enjoyed each portion of it to this point. Like many of these SABR books that are out, the book contains great biographies on each player, however, the book goes a bit deeper than others in terms that the biographies aren't the only facet of the book. I'd suggest it to any fan of baseball history. And I'm willing to bet even the most obsessive fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers era will probably learn something that they didn't know before. The price is realistic as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb4396c) out of 5 stars Another great SABR book 20 July 2013
By Scott Brimer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another great SABR book. If you are interested in baseball history this book is for you. It has chapters on all players from the 47 team and I really enjoyed it. It can be a bit repetitive because of the format but the information provided out weighs that
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb43c60) out of 5 stars Nice book about a great team. 10 Dec. 2013
By John D. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty good history. Before my time, but I remember being disappointed when Dodgers moved to LA, as did the Giants.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb43cc0) out of 5 stars Racial History on the Diamond 24 Feb. 2013
By melalbert - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a very interesting book that I find hard to read as it has been picked up and put down many times without finishing it. It does have significant importance as a piece of our country's racial history, unpleasant as that may be.
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