Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's by Michael D'Antonio

By Michael D'Antonio

If ever there has been a determine who replaced the sport of baseball, it was once Walter O’Malley. Criticized in ny and cherished in l. a., O’Malley is likely one of the so much arguable proprietors within the background of yank activities. He remade the foremost leagues and adjusted the process background in either Brooklyn and l. a. whilst he moved the Dodgers to California. yet whereas many long island critics attacked him, O’Malley appeared to the long run, declining to argue his case. therefore, lovers around the state were not able to prevent arguing approximately him—until now.

utilizing never-before-seen records and candid interviews with O’Malley’s gamers, affiliates, and kinfolk, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Michael D’Antonio eventually finds this advanced sportsman and pioneer. Born into Tammany corridor connections, O’Malley used political contacts to develop prosperous through the nice melancholy, after which maneuvered to take keep watch over of the previously downtrodden Dodgers. After his defeat in a struggle of wills with the famed strength dealer, Robert Moses, O’Malley uprooted the borough’s crew and transplanted them to l. a.. as soon as in la, O’Malley overcame rivals of his stadium and helped outline town. different proprietors got here to treat him as their guide—almost an unofficial commissioner—and he labored behind the curtain to herald the age of the players’ union and unfastened agency.

full of new revelations approximately O’Malley’s conflict with Moses, his pioneering company recommendations, and his dating with Jackie Robinson, Forever Blue is a uniquely intimate portrait of a guy who replaced America’s hobby perpetually. His attention-grabbing tale is prime to the background of activities, enterprise, and the yank West.

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Clint Hurdle, major-league player (1977–1987), manager, coach 22 As Koufax Said . . When you’re not comfortable, you find yourself thinking about what he’s [the pitcher’s] trying to do to you. When I hit the best, I’m comfortable and I don’t care what they’re going to throw. —George Brett The smart pitchers today can capitalize on the hitter’s fondness for home runs. . Pitchers couldn’t get away with that as often when I pitched, but today’s can. The hitters make it easier, even those who don’t have the strength to be home run hitters.

Greg Maddux, major-league pitcher (1986–present) M IN D GA ME S When you understand yourself more as a pitcher, it’s easier to pitch. . Hitters have been the same since I came up. You’ve got some righties; you’ve got some lefties; you’ve got some fastball hitters; you’ve got some 49 Pitching guys that’ll steal bases, guys that hit homers. They just have a different name on their back. That’s why I think understanding yourself makes it easier. —Greg Maddux Never let the failure of your last pitch affect the success of your next one.

I take too many pitches. —John Olerud, major-league player (1989–present) When I struggle, I realize that I’m not seeing the ball. To fix the problem, I don’t worry about where my hands are, how my feet are set up, or where my weight is. I concentrate on seeing the ball and hitting it right back up the middle. —Scott Rolen You decide you’ll wait for your pitch. Then as the ball starts toward the plate, you think about your stance. And then you think about your swing. And then you realize that the ball that went past you for a strike was your pitch.

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