Monday, April 10, 2017


It’s spring already and just last week was opening day for Los Angeles’ beloved and beleaguered Dodgers. And, what a way to open the season with a big win over the Padres. Angelenos not only take pleasure in watching and listening to the games, but also reading the many books written about Dodger history. Find these at the Monrovia Public Library.




The story of how team owner Walter O’Malley brought the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles is told in Forever Blue by Michael D’Antonio. The determined O’Malley saw the future out West and controversy did not stop him. Great research results in terrific baseball history. The Dodgers Past and Present by Steven Travers tells the origins of the team in 1884, the two towns and stadiums they inhabited and the players that made them great.

Dodger history continues with compelling books that highlight various eras and personalities. Michael Leahy’s The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers is a fascinating look at some of the most popular players. Including Sandy Koufax and Maury Wills, during a generation rocked by cultural and political changes. Longtime manager Tommy Lasorda’s memoir The Artful Dodger will put a smile on the face of fans.

The title says it all The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse by Molly Knight brings us to the present.  This 2015 book has Magic Johnson’s billionaire group buying the Dodgers and trying to return them to their glory days. An inside look at backroom deals make this a page turner.

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