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Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers had already become part of baseball history, thanks to players such as Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, and Roy Campanella. Bums narrates the colorful history of this beloved team with recollections from the players, the writers who covered them, and fans.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary (first published 1984)
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Jan 14, 2012 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bums takes you back to a time when baseball was as much a part of your life as church and community. Baseball was the fans and the players. For the fans it was a game that was a very real part of you. Players played the game for the love of the game and won as a team not as individuals. When owners like O’Malley took it away and made it a business the fans lost something special; a feeling that can’t be duplicated in any other sport. Players lost too. Some of the real colorful players were lost ...more
Russell Woodward
Mar 31, 2010 Russell Woodward rated it really liked it
This was a nice history of the Dodgers before they went to LA. Definitely some language, but a lot of neat history about Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo, Pee Wee Reese, and all the rest of the players. I loved how much people lived for baseball back then. I think almost everyone in Brooklyn was heartbroken when Walter O'Malley moved them to LA. This book just reminded me of simpler times. Great read.
Oct 14, 2015 Drtaxsacto rated it it was amazing
I became hooked on the Bums in the early 1950s. If you were good in grade school when I was there the teacher would allow you to listen to the World Series. In 1952,53,55 and 56 the Dodgers were in the Series. I learned a little about them then - they were the first team in a world series to have a grand slam scored against them and to have a triple play done against them(both well before I started to know them). But in those first years that I was listening they had a series of mishaps until 19 ...more
noisy penguin
May 24, 2007 noisy penguin rated it really liked it
This book was awesome for a Dodger loving baseball history nut like myself. Not just about the team itself, but about Brooklyn, the fans, the regulars that roamed the stands at home games...Golenbock paints a really clear picture. I can imagine sitting in the stands and hearing Hilda Chester roaming the stands, beating on her frying pan with her ladle.
Oct 10, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it
Bring this book back into print! This is one of the best baseball books I've ever read - over 600+ pages of oral history showing what a whacked out sport baseball used to be. The crazies, drunks, kooks and goofs straight from the horses' mouths.
Tom Gase
Apr 14, 2014 Tom Gase rated it it was amazing
What a great book. It seems as if I had read a dozen books on the Brooklyn Dodgers, but this had a lot of new material. Kind of a journey of a book, it takes you from the building of Ebbets Field but quickly goes into the early 1940s and takes you into the years where the Dodgers, called the Bums, had Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campenella, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Pete Reiser, Eddie Stanky, Junior Gilliam, Carl Furillo, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Ralph Branca, Leo Durocher, Charlie Dre ...more
Gary Grimes
Jan 22, 2014 Gary Grimes rated it it was amazing
This book is so much more than a history of the Brooklyn Dodgers it is a book that brings you back to a time of innocence an innocence that has been lost by the transformation of the game of baseball into the business of baseball. Read about the players like Robinson and Erskine, Furillo and Campenella and so many others. If you love baseball you will love this book. It is an oral history told from the point of view of players, fans, managers, coaches, announcers, and management. I now better un ...more
Jun 26, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
This is a book I've been wanting to read for the past 20 years and which I finally broke down and bought for myself on my last birthday. What an in-depth and singular treat Bums is, filled with earthy, behind the scenes stories! If you are not hooked by page 17 or so, when Leo Durocher is dispensing his 7 pm dating advice to a reporter, then this is probably not the book for you, but if you want an entirely human lens through which to view the deeply loved, deeply missed Dodgers of Brooklyn, the ...more
Michael Mudrick
Nov 11, 2014 Michael Mudrick rated it it was amazing
I loved every page.I couldn't put it down.
Mar 28, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing
An entertaining account of the Dodgers' pre-Los Angeles era, of course, but also a fascinating social history of 20th century Brooklyn.
Steve Shilstone
Feb 16, 2013 Steve Shilstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takes you there and reveals the ferocious competition and not so pretty underbelly of baseball, presenting real people in their own words.
This is one of my favorite of my brother's books. Read it with In The Country of Brooklyn (2009)
Kenneth Flusche
Sep 03, 2013 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelant History of Brooklyn Baseball love the Human element
M. Newman
Feb 13, 2011 M. Newman rated it really liked it
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An excellent oral history of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Tim Diggles
Oct 21, 2013 Tim Diggles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb history from those who made it. Fascinating.
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