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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael D’Antonio Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781423384182
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Resented by some in New York and beloved in Los Angeles, O’Malley is one of the most controversial owners in the history of American sports. He remade major league baseball and altered the course of history in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles when he moved the Dodgers to California. But while many New York critics attacked him, O’Malley looked to the future, declining to argue his case. As a result, fans across the nation have been unable to stop arguing about him—until now.

Using never-before-seen documents and candid interviews with O’Malley’s players, associates, and relatives, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael D’Antonio finally reveals this complex sportsman and industry pioneer. Born into Tammany Hall connections, O’Malley used political contacts to grow wealthy during the Great Depression, and then maneuvered to take control of the formerly downtrodden Dodgers. After his defeat in a war of wills with the famed power broker Robert Moses, O’Malley uprooted the borough’s team and transplanted them to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, O’Malley overcame opponents of his stadium and helped define the city. Other owners came to regard him as their unofficial commissioner as he worked behind the scenes to usher in the age of the players’ union and free agency.

Filled with new revelations about O’Malley’s battle with Moses, his pioneering business strategies, and his relationship with Jackie Robinson, Forever Blue is a fascinating history of baseball, business, and the American West.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dstohl | 3/3/2013

    " A different take on the O'Malley story. I'm a little obsessed with the history of the Dodgers right now. Great detail about New York politics in the 40s and 50s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Machata | 9/16/2012

    " Reform history of Dodgers move West from Brooklyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Marie | 12/29/2011

    " I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who doesn't love baseball, and at least like the Dodgers, but if you're a baseball fan, it's a great story about the history of the game and one of its oldest, most storied teams and the man who brought them to California. Much enjoyed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter Tizo | 12/19/2011

    " Great insight into how the Dodgers ended up in L.A. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Ahrens | 4/24/2011

    " I love reading about the Brooklyn Dodgers and the close bond the team had with the greater Brooklyn community...this book also journeys with the team when they moved to Los Angeles, broke many a Brooklyn'ers heart but became the premier National League franchise "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Marie | 8/22/2010

    " I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who doesn't love baseball, and at least like the Dodgers, but if you're a baseball fan, it's a great story about the history of the game and one of its oldest, most storied teams and the man who brought them to California. Much enjoyed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/5/2010

    " Reform history of Dodgers move West from Brooklyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dstohl | 6/11/2009

    " A different take on the O'Malley story. I'm a little obsessed with the history of the Dodgers right now. Great detail about New York politics in the 40s and 50s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickey | 5/9/2009

    " This book is a well researched glimpse of the truth about a fascinating individual and a great counterpoint to the New York media propaganda that O'Malley was going to abandon Brooklyn come hell or high water. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 3/22/2009

    " I love reading about the Brooklyn Dodgers and the close bond the team had with the greater Brooklyn community...this book also journeys with the team when they moved to Los Angeles, broke many a Brooklyn'ers heart but became the premier National League franchise "

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About the Author

Michael D’Antonio is the author of many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest, Tin Cup DreamsMosquitoThe State Boys RebellionHershey, and Forever Blue. His work has appeared in Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times MagazineDiscover, and other publications. Among his many awards is the Pulitzer Prize, which he shared with a team of reporters for Newsday.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.