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  • Baseball Goes West

  • The Dodgers, the Giants, and the Shaping of the Major Leagues
  • By: Lincoln A. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tim Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Baseball Goes West

By: Lincoln A. Mitchell
Narrated by: Tim Edwards
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Summary

Following the 1957 season, two of baseball’s most famous teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants, left the city they had called home since the 19th century and headed west. The Dodgers went to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco. Those events have entered baseball lore, and indeed the larger culture, as acts of betrayal committed by greedy owners Walter O’Malley of the Dodgers and Horace Stoneham of the Giants. The departure of these two teams, but especially the Dodgers, has not been forgotten by those communities. Even six decades later, it is not hard to find older Brooklynites who are still angry about losing the Dodgers.

Lincoln A. Mitchell argues that the moves to California, second only to Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947, forged Major League Baseball (MLB) as we know it today. By moving two famous teams with national reputations and many well-known players, MLB benefited tremendously, increasing its national profile and broadening its fanbase.

The Giants played an instrumental role in the first phase of baseball’s globalization by leading the effort to bring players from Latin America to the big leagues, while the Dodgers set attendance records and pioneered new ways to market the game.

Sports historians, baseball fans, and historians of American culture on a broader scale will appreciate Mitchell’s reframing of baseball’s move west and his insights into the impacts felt throughout baseball and beyond.

The book is published by The Kent State University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

“A myth-shattering book.” (Jerald Podair, author of City of Dreams)

“A must read for serious students of the game’s history.” (Benjamin G. Rader, author of Baseball: A History of America's Game)

“An absolute must read for all baseball fans…simply fascinating.”(Corey Busch, former consultant to Commissioner Bud Selig)

©2018 The Kent State University Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

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  • 19-10-21

Interesting theory, well researched

The premise of this book is very interesting and the author goes to great pains to make his case. However, there is a lot of repetition here which does tend to bog things down a bit.