The Dodger Encyclopedia by William F. McNeil

By William F. McNeil

The newly up-to-date 3rd version of The Dodgers Encyclopedia is the definitive publication on Brooklyn and l. a. Dodgers baseball. It strains the background of 1 of significant League Baseball’s so much winning agencies, from the fledgling beginnings of its predecessors in rural Brooklyn over one hundred forty five years in the past, via their early life within the significant leagues. greater than only a tome of proof, this ebook covers each very important occasion with vibrant detail—every no-hitter, each international sequence, each tragedy and triumph of Dodgers baseball is captured during this attention-grabbing reference. inside of those pages, readers also will locate biographies of over a hundred of the easiest avid gamers to ever don the Dodgers uniform. enthusiasts will locate all their favorites, from the unbeatable James Creighton in 1860 to Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Mike Piazza, and extra. Newly up-to-date throughout the 2010–2011 season, The Dodgers Encyclopedia is a must have for any Dodgers fan.

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But 1924 was only a mirage. Every other year between 1922 and 1929 Uncle Robby's boys held down sixth place. The era of the "Daffyness Boys" was in full bloom in Brooklyn. It continued unabated through most of the thirties as the Brooklyn team saw the light of the first division only four times between 1922 and 1938. One day, three Robin baserunners arrived at third base at the same time. On another day, an outfielder in full flight after a Dixie Walker struggled for nine years, trying to win a steady job in the American League.

The Dodgers first blew a four-game lead during the last week of the season, then lost a two-run lead and the pennant in the last inning of the last playoff game. Still, there were some bright spots for LA during the season. Little Maury Wills startled the baseball world by stealing 104 bases, surpassing TY Cobb's ''unbreakable" 47-year-old record of 96. Wills' achievement earned him the National League's Most Valuable Player award, and popularized the stolen base for years to come. 346), runs batted in (153), and hits (230).

346), runs batted in (153), and hits (230). John Roseboro is welcomed back to the Dodger dugout after smashing a three-run homer against the New York Yankees' Whitey Ford in Game One of the 1963 World Series. In 1963, Los Angeles was determined to make amends for their disappointing finish the year before. 88). With Wills leading the league in stolen bases once again, LA captured the National League flag by six games. They maintained their momentum in the World Series, sweeping the proud New York Yankees in four straight.

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