The Brooklyn Dodgers are one of the most popular and most beloved baseball teams of all time. This book is a collection of writings about the Dodgers, arranged chronologically to give the readers a sense of the team's long history. Included are news reports, articles and excerpts from both fiction and non-fiction works, written by some of the best baseball writers of the past sixty years. Among them are James L. Terry (excerpted from Long Before the Dodgers); John Lardner (""The Unbelievable Babe Herman""); Red Barber and Robert Creamer (excerpted from Rhubarb in the Catbird Seat); Harold Parrott (excerpted from The Lords of Baseball and ""Owen Drops Third Strike""); Robin Roberts and C. Paul Rogers, III (excerpted from My Life in Baseball); Red Smith (""Erskine Fans 14 Yanks,"" ""Over the River"" and ""Last Chapter"").
Andrew Paul Mele is retired from the Brooklyn Public Library. He is the author of two additional books and several short stories. His articles appear in the Staten Island Advance and the Italian Tribune. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he and his family have been residents of Staten Island for more than forty years.