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.
My good friends Andy and Nicole are in San Francisco and I’m pretty sure that they caught the game today at AT&T Park. If so, they caught a good one. Tim Lincecum, who is the best pitcher in the National League this season, was starting for the Giants. Jeff Weaver started for the Dodgers.
The game, which I listened to, included the benches clearing (no actual brawl), Giants manager Bruce Bochey and bench coach Ron Wotus were both ejected, the Dodgers tied it on what could have been the last strike of the game, and then Juan Uribe hit a walk-off homer to win the game. It obviously wasn’t the ending that I wanted, but it was still an exciting game to listen to.
Quick note, while I’m confident that our boys will keep it together, make it into the playoffs and go all the way, I thought of something very disturbing. Those individuals for whom this is the first summer that they can legally drink at a Dodgers’ game, they were not yet born the last time the Dodgers went to (and won) the World Series.