Tagged: Brooklyn

The Era

I just finished reading The Era: 1947-1957 when the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers ruled the world by Roger Kahn. Overall this is a great book about some great baseball teams, but here are some specific thoughts.

  • It was good, but depressing, to hear the details of what ended the promising career of Pete Reiser.
  • Kahn does a good job of putting those years in baseball into context with historical events happening off of the field.
  • While I love that I got to grow up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I finished this book hating Walter O’Malley even more than I already did.
  • I was disappointed that Kahn spent the first approximately 300 pages covering the first six years of the Era and about 40 or so pages covering the last four (the Dodgers winning their first World Series and the Bums and Giants leaving New York for California).

It’s a good read and I recommend it, but I also suggest that you check out Bums: an Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Peter Golenbock.

Born to Be Blue

I was born a baseball fan. More specifically, I was born a Dodgers fan.

My mother grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles, with her family, in the mid 1950s, just a few years before the Dodgers made their trek west. I don’t think she ever went to a game in Brooklyn, but she has told us many stories about her father and uncles fighting over the three New York teams of long ago, and she has always been a Dodgers fan.

My aunt, my mother’s sister, went to high school with Sandy Kofax. I don’t know how well they knew each other, but I like to bring this up and is if to somehow say I’m connected to greatness.

My older brother has been a Dodgers fan his entire life (much more on this in future posts) and schooled me on much of the ins and outs of the Dodgers throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He eventually bought season tickets and I went to several games with him, sitting along the first baseline in the field level (yellow seats for those watching at home).

I moved to Canada more than a dozen years ago and went to a lot of Blue Jays games when we lived in Toronto. We’ll call them my American League team. Jays and Dodgers fans have a lot in common, but that’s another topic that I’ll go into in a future post.

I’ve been a fan through the good years and the bad (and there have been some pretty bad ones). I’m not Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch, but I’m still a fan.

I make it back to LA usually at least once a year and have caught a few Dodger games when they happen to be in town the same time as me. Otherwise I watch when a game is televised here or listen through MLB audio (not a bad bargain to be able to listen to any radio broadcast from any team for the season for $14.95).

I’ve been blogging about education and technology (my career) for more than four years and it seemed only natural to start one related to baseball. So here it is.