Oct 23, 2015 2:00 PM | 0
All of New York is buzzing about the Mets' impressive waltz into the World Series -- their first appearance in the championship since 2000 (their last World Series win was in 1986). If you're anything like us, your glee at their success is mediated by the pangs of loss still felt from when Brooklyn's beloved Dodgers decamped for Los Angeles. As it happens, October 4th was the 60th anniversary of the Dodger's World Series win against the Yankees in Game 7 -- the only championship the team won during its tenure in Brooklyn.
If that paragraph got your heart beating a bit faster, you're in luck, because we're offering two programs on the history of our Dodgers next week! Note that the Monday, October 26th program will be held in Central Library's first floor Info Commons Lab, and the second event on Wednesday, October 28th will be held in the Brooklyn Collection.
Monday, October 26th
Author Talk with Andy McCue
Two out of three ain’t bad: Branch Rickey, Walter O’Malley and the Man in the Middle of the Dodger Owners' Partnership. Join author Andy McCue (author of Mover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion) as he discusses the fascinating life of Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley. One of the most influential and controversial team owners in professional sports history, O’Malley (1903–1979) 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.
7:00pm in the Info Commons Lab
Wednesday, October 28th
Author Talk with Andy Mele
Tearin’ Up the Pea Patch; the 1953 Dodgers. What made the ’53 Brooklyn Dodger’s so good? What issues on and off the field did they need to address on their way to the World Series against the Yankees? Mele takes us back to that extraordinary baseball season, and shares his insight into relationships between teammates, managers, and fans.
7:00pm in the Brooklyn Collection
Reception precedes this talk at 6:30pm
Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing at both events.