"Fairly at Bat is a dramatic, funny, and altogether entertaining romp through a 50-year career as a player and broadcaster, including as a member of three World Series champion Dodgers teams in the 1950s and ‘60s."
I must admit I know fairly (pun intended) little about Ron, other than him being a broadcaster and the winner of three world series with the Dodgers. This book might change that. Yes, he became the voice of the hated ones in San Francisco, but everybody makes mistakes.
"Jackie Robinson’s story is not only a compelling drama of heroism, but also as a template of the African American freedom struggle. J. Christopher Schutz reveals the real Robinson, as a more defiant, combative spirit than simply the “turn the other cheek” compliant “credit to his race.”"
Jackie Robinson is not an easy subject to write a book about. There are so many books about this legend, you might wonder why someone would write another. Release: February 15th
This is Michael Schiavone's first all sports book (his other sports related book was about labor relations in US sports). He's against some stiff competition, because good books about Dodgers seasons have been around for decades. The big plus for this book is the inclusion of the awesome 2017 season. To be honest... they should write an entire book about 2017 alone. Release: April 3rd.
"The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, with enduring legacies both on and off the diamond. Chief among the hallmarks of the organization is an unparalleled pitching dominance."
Since pitching is in my opinion THE best position and the Dodgers have had some of the best ever, this book goes to #1 on my wish list. Interviews with Koufax, Drysdale, Valenzuela, Hershiser and Kershaw.... awesomeness! Available May 1st.
Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley and... Charles Ebbets, these guys did things that shapeds the Dodgers Organization as we know it today. Reading about this threesome, for me, is a must and I'm glad there will be an extensive book (235 pages) about the man who realized a field we still know today. In stores June 28th.
I must admit that this is a period in Dodgers history I know very little about but I love Rick Monday and the 1981 team which went on to win the World Series and was the start of my Dodgers fandom.
Out: November 6th.
(The texts between "" are taken from amazon.com)