Mover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion by Andy McCueMover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion by Andy McCue

Mover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion

byAndy McCue

Paperback | April 1, 2015

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One of the most influential and controversial team owners in professional sports history, Walter O’Malley (1903–79) is best remembered—and still reviled by many—for moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Yet much of the O’Malley story leading up to the Dodgers’ move is unknown or created from myth, and there is substantially more to the man. When he entered the public eye, the self-constructed family background and early life he presented was gilded. Later his personal story was distorted by some New York sportswriters, who hated him for moving the Dodgers.  
 
In Mover and Shaker Andy McCue presents for the first time an objective, complete, and nuanced account of O’Malley’s life. He also departs from the overly sentimentalized accounts of O’Malley as either villain or angel and reveals him first and foremost as a rational, hardheaded businessman, who was a major force in baseball for three decades and whose management and marketing practices radically changed the shape of the game.
 
 
Andy McCue is the author of Baseball by the Books: The Complete History and Bibliography of Baseball Fiction and is a former president of the Society for American Baseball Research.
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Title:Mover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward ExpansionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080327842X

ISBN - 13:9780803278424

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Hitler, Stalin, Walter O'Malley
1. From County Mayo to Montague Street
2. From Gowanus to Montague Street
3. Under New Management
4. Learning the Business
5. Buying Out Rickey
6. Running the Team
7. A New Stadium-Economics
8. A New Stadium-Politics
9. The Laughingstock of the Country
10. Now I Learn It's Been Controversial for Years
11. In Court
12. A Monument to the O'Malleys
13. Loose Ends
14. The Most Powerful Man in Baseball
15. A Totally Different Person 00
16. Peter
17. Marvin Miller and Andy Messersmith
18. Bottom of the Ninth
19. Postgame
Source Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

“McCue covers this with an expert’s hand . . . in this highly readable account of perhaps the most influential baseball owner of the last century.”—Seamheads.com

 

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