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The last innocents, the collision of the turbulent sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Leahy - Hardcover

It's rare for a team to encapsulate an era as indelibly as the Los Angeles Dodgers did the 1960s. White, black, Jewish, Christian, wealthy, working class, conservative, liberal--the Dodgers embodied the disparate cultural forces at play in an America riven by race and war. In this book, journalist Michael Leahy tells the story of this mesmerizing time and extraordinary team through seven players--Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Tommy Davis, Dick Tracewski, and Lou Johnson--taking readers through the high drama of their World Series appearances, pivotal triumphs, and individual setbacks while the Dodgers reigned and baseball was king. It is a story about what it was like to be a major leaguer when the country was turned upside down by the tumult of the civil rights movement, a series of wrenching political assassinations, and the shock waves of the Vietnam War. Outside the public eye, these seven Dodgers--friends, mentors, and confidants--struggled to understand their place in society and in a sport controlled by owners whose wishes were fiat. Even as they starred in games watched by millions, they coped with anxieties and indignities their fans knew nothing about--some of their wounds deeply personal, others more common to the times, though no less painful. In their dissatisfaction, they helped plant the seeds of a rebellion that would change their sport. This is a unique portrait of a watershed era in baseball and in America. --Adapted from dust jacket
Table Of Contents
Genesis -- Surviving the '60s -- The frenzy of 1963: the fearsome Yankees, the epic World Series, and the arrival of the Dodgers' reluctant idol -- The Dodgers' victory, a president's assassination, and the first seeds of a players' rebellion -- An upheaval begins -- The riotous season -- Baseball's watershed -- The last march -- Baseball takes a back seat to the world -- A star comes home and others say goodbye -- The final years
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
xviii, 473 pages, 24 cm

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