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Author Turbow, Jason, author.

Title They bled blue : the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers : Fernandomania, strike-season mayhem, and the weirdest championship baseball had ever seen / Jason Turbow.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    796.3576 TUR    Available
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Description xiv, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-357) and index.
Summary "In the Halberstam tradition of capturing a season through its unforgettable figures, They Bled Blue is a sprawling, mad tale of excess and exuberance, the likes of which could only have occurred in that place, at that time. That it culminated in an unlikely World Series win--during a campaign split by the longest player strike in baseball history--is not even the most interesting thing about this team. The Dodgers were led by the garrulous Tommy Lasorda--part manager, part cheerleader--who unyieldingly proclaimed devotion to the franchise through monologues about bleeding Dodger blue and worshiping the "Big Dodger in the Sky," and whose office hosted a regular stream of Hollywood celebrities. Steve Garvey, the All-American, All-Star first baseman, had anchored the most durable infield in major league history, and, along with Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey, was glaringly aware that 1981 would represent the end of their run together. The season's real story, however, was one that nobody expected at the outset: a chubby lefthander nearly straight out of Mexico, twenty years old with a wild delivery and a screwball as his flippin' out pitch. The Dodgers had been trying for decades to find a Hispanic star to activate the local Mexican population; Fernando Valenzuela was the first to succeed, and it didn't take long for Fernandomania to sweep far beyond the boundaries of Chavez Ravine.
Contents Prologue -- The manager -- Snatched -- Eighty-one -- Mania -- Buried -- Struck -- La-la -- Second act -- Houston-ho! -- Tundra -- Doodle Dandy -- Aftermath.
Subject Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball team) -- History -- 20th century.
Valenzuela, Fernando, 1960-
Lasorda, Tommy.
World Series (Baseball) (1981).
Pitchers (Baseball) -- Mexico -- Biography.
Baseball managers -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781328715531 (hardback)
1328715531 (hardback)

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