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.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Hitler, Stalin, Walter O'Malley1. From County Mayo to Montague Street2. From Gowanus to Montague Street3. Under New Management4. Learning the Business5. Buying Out Rickey6. Running the Team7. A New Stadium-Economics8. A New Stadium-Politics9. The Laughingstock of the Country10. Now I Learn It's Been Controversial for Years11. In Court12. A Monument to the O'Malleys13. Loose Ends14. The Most Powerful Man in Baseball15. A Totally Different Person0016. Peter17. Marvin Miller and Andy Messersmith18. Bottom of the Ninth19. PostgameSource AcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex