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After Many a Summer by Robert E. Murphy
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Mar 23, 2009

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The departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the end of the 1957 season has become one of the most infamous moments in baseball history, largely overshadowing the near-simultaneous departure of the New York Giants for San Francisco. Murphy looks back at both situations, looking to break past the myths that have accumulated over the last half-century. (In other words, Walter O'Malley isn't evil incarnate, and neither is Robert Moses. Then again, neither of them come out of this smelling much like a rose, either.)

It's an entertaining, straightforward history--Murphy lays on the "ah, the 1950s were a different era" a little thick sometimes, but for the most part he's an engaging narrator with a balanced perspective on what was once (and for men of Murphy's generation, probably still is) a bitterly controversial period in New York City's history.

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