Resented by some in New York and beloved in Los Angeles, OâMalley is one of the most controversial owners in the history of American sports. He remade major league baseball and altered the course of history in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles when he moved the Dodgers to California. But while many New York critics attacked him, OâMalley looked to the future, declining to argue his case. As a result, fans across the nation have been unable to stop arguing about himâuntil now.
Using never-before-seen documents and candid interviews with OâMalleyâs players, associates, and relatives, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael DâAntonio finally reveals this complex sportsman and industry pioneer. Born into Tammany Hall connections, OâMalley used political contacts to grow wealthy during the Great Depression, and then maneuvered to take control of the formerly downtrodden Dodgers. After his defeat in a war of wills with the famed power broker Robert Moses, OâMalley uprooted the boroughâs team and transplanted them to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, OâMalley overcame opponents of his stadium and helped define the city. Other owners came to regard him as their unofficial commissioner as he worked behind the scenes to usher in the age of the playersâ union and free agency.
Filled with new revelations about OâMalleyâs battle with Moses, his pioneering business strategies, and his relationship with Jackie Robinson, Forever Blue is a fascinating history of baseball, business, and the American West.
About: A detailed profile of the enigmatic owner of the Dodgers draws on previously unseen sources to chronicle the Tammany Hall origins that enabled him to become wealthy during the depression, his clashes with power broker Robert Moses, and the ways in which the team's relocation and stadium construction shaped Los Angeles.
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