As the Dodgers and Giants fight it out again, this time in San Francisco, we revisit the team’s move West from New York more than 50 years ago with …
The book: “After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball”
The author: Robert E. Murphy
How to find it: Union Square Press, 432 pages, $24.95
Where we’d go looking for it: Amazon has it (linked here)
Here’s the consenting opinion. Or, the prevailing opinion that still lingers in New York from those with abandonment issues.
Murphy’s bio: He lives in Brooklyn. He’s a senior writer for “The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge.” Essentially, he knows his Dodgers and New York Giants background.
From just the bookjacket blurb, Murphy says he’ll reveal: “How legendary power-broker Robert Moses, who has received much of the blame for the team’s departure, actually did more to keep them in New York than is commonly believed.” And: “How the two owners (Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham) carried out secret talks with California officials even while insisting that they had not decided to leave New York.”
In the introduction, Murphy admits he lived within walking distance of Ebbets Field, how his brother John and sister Mary took him to games. “It was wonderful to sit among all those other people who loved the Dodgers,” he wrote. “… Baseball in New York City, where the modern game had developed, gripped a six-and-a-half-year-old boy’s life in the spring of 1956.” He was that kid.