Praying for Gil Hodges : A Memoir of the 1955 World Series And One Family's Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers (Paperback) - Oliphant, Thomas

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Written with clarity and power, this book captures the majesty of baseball's golden era, the issue of race in America, and the love that one young boy, his parents, and the entire borough of Brooklyn had for their team.


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312317621
SKU 202159398
Format Paperback
ISBN10 031231762X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
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Annotation In 1955, the classic rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers was at its height, and the two great teams met in the World Series that year. This had happened five times previously, and the Dodgers had lost every time. But in 1955, the outcome was different: the bums from Brooklyn took the championship. In PRAYING FOR GIL HODGES, Boston Globe reporter Thomas Oliphant travels back to the glorious day of October 4, 1955, to brilliantly recreate the crucial seventh game. As he takes us through it, play by play, he interweaves his nail-biting narrative with the history of the Dodgers--including the careers of the legendary Jackie Robinson and, of course, the awesome slugger Gil Hodges--a saga that took an abrupt turn with the team's heartbreaking move to Los Angeles only two years later. As Oliphant tells the story of the most famous underdogs in baseball, he also writes heartwarmingly about growing up on the East Side of Manhattan in a struggling but always loving family of rabid Dodger fans.
First Line It happened right out of the blue. I had started early on my way out of rural, southern Indiana to spend some time in the university town of Bloomington.
Editors Note A chronicle of the 1955 World Series seventh game explores how the competition reflected period issues pertaining to race, class, Brooklyn society, and the role of sports in transforming post-war America, in an account that also identifies the specific contributions of a young Gil Hodges and his family. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
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Number of Pages 0304
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin

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