By Carl E. Prince
Through the 1952 global sequence, a Yankee fan attempting to watch the sport in a Brooklyn bar was once informed, "Why do not you return the place you belong, Yankee lover?" "I acquired a correct to cheer my team," the intruder answered, "this is a unfastened country." "This ain't no loose kingdom, chum," countered the Dodger fan, "this is Brooklyn." Brooklynites enjoyed their "Bums"--Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, and all of the murderous parade of regulars who, after years of fight, ultimately gained the area sequence in 1955. you could no longer stay in Brooklyn and never seize its spirit of devotion to its baseball club.
In Brooklyn's Dodgers, Carl E. Prince captures the depth and intensity of the team's courting to the group and its humans within the Fifties. Ethnic and racial tensions have been half and parcel of a operating classification borough; the Dodgers' presence smoothed the tough edges of the ghetto clash consistently found in the lifetime of Brooklyn. The Dodger-inspired baseball application on the fabled Parade Grounds supplied a direction for boys that sometimes ended in the distinguished "Dodger Rookie Team," and infrequently, through minor league contracts, to Ebbets box itself. there have been the lads who covered Bedford street on video game days hoping to retrieve domestic run balls and the boys within the many bars who weren't purely dedicated fanatics yet jointly the keepers of the Dodger past--as have been Brooklyn girls, and in numbers. certainly, girls have been tied to the Dodgers not less than their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons; they have been in basic terms much less seen. a couple of, like Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Marianne Moore and dealing classification stiff Hilda Chester have been regulars at Ebbets box and much from invisible. Prince additionally explores the bottom of the Dodgers--the "baseball Annies," and the paternity matches that went with the territory. The Dodgers' male tradition was once performed out in addition within the team's politics, within the proprietors' manipulation of Dodger male egos, rivals' race-baiting, and the macho bravado of the crew (how Jackie Robinson, for example, could prod Giants' catcher Sal Yvars to impotent rage via signaling him while he was once going to scouse borrow moment base, then taunting him from moment after the steal).
The day in 1957 whilst Walter O'Malley, the landlord of the Brooklyn Dodgers, introduced that the group will be leaving for la used to be one of many worst moments in baseball historical past, and a tragic day in Brooklyn's historical past to boot. The Dodger group was once, to a point unequalled in different significant league towns, deeply enmeshed within the existence and psyche of Brooklyn and its humans. during this awesome quantity, Carl Prince illuminates this "Brooklyn" within the golden years after the second one global warfare.
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Gradually, in place of the somber Russian chorus, I began to hear the cheerier sounds of Gladys's organ, and instead of the snowy war front, to see a green baseball diamond splashed by sunlight. And sure enough, there was Jackie, in his white flannels with "Dodgers" written in blue across his chest. . Baseball, as American as it gets, willfully replaced the alien Red influence in the boy's mind. In the happy ending, of course, Aaron comes to understand and assimilate both cultures. Josh's story, in Mark Lapin's Pledge of Allegiance, was a much different one.
Warren Spahn, for example, once said to the clubhouse: "What's black and catches flies? " In 1953 Billy Bruton and Jim Pendleton played regularly, and Henry Aaron, in the wings, was only a year away. For Spahn, one of the greatest lefthand pitchers of all time, 'Jackie got arrogant after a while," taking advantage of his blackness, as Spahn put it very delicately years later. " Milwaukee fans seemed to know all about their team's attitude toward opposing blacks. Robinson and Campanella were usually booed roundly when they played there.
America the Beautiful" is played in the background throughout the movie. The Jackie Robinson Story, finally, plays a little havoc with the facts by moving Robinson's HUAC testimony back from 1949 to the end of Jackie's 1947 rookie season. That movie in fact is a key to Robinson's political mindset in his playing days. That's why he took on Paul Robeson in 1949. Robeson had been an All-American football player at Rutgers. He was in the 1930s and early '40s a nationally known operatic bass vocalist and a budding African American movie star.
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