Using never-before-seen documents and candid interviews with OâMalleyâs players, associates, and relatives, Pulitzer Prizeâwinning 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 guideâalmost an unofficial commissionerâand 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 uniquely intimate portrait of a man who changed Americaâs pastime forever. His fascinating story is fundamental to the history of sports, business, and the American West.
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