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NJ Author Explains Why the Brooklyn Dodgers Still Matter

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Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture by David Krell
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Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers Credits: David Krell via Twitter
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Springfield, NJ native David Krell
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NEW JERSEY -- Why is it that nearly 60 years after they departed from New York to L.A., do the Brooklyn Dodgers still arouse such passion? Author David Krell, a native of Springfield, NJ, who now lives in Jersey City, set out on a journey four years ago to find out why the team still plucks the heartstrings of its fans.

Krell's new book, Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture is a comprehensive history of Brooklyn’s baseball team and its passionate supporters.

Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers' only World Series title in 1955 -- and coincidentally with the Mets-Dodgers NLDS series -- Krell brings to life the lesser-known stories of the team’s 125-year history. It features a foreword written by Branch Rickey III, grandson of the legendary Dodgers executive and interviews with former players and fans. Our Bums dispels myths, reveals truths, and explains legends comprising Dodgers lore, including the reasons that triggered the team’s departure to Los Angeles.

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“There is something magical about a team that can reduce a 75-year-old man to tears in an interview," Krell explained in an interview with TAPinto. "One fan told me, ‘Talking to you makes me feel like I’m 10 years old again.’”

“I begin with a story about my dad going to the World Series in 1953 and seeing Mickey Mantle hit a grand slam against the Dodgers. The Epilogue brings it full circle with us going to see a game in the 1978 World Series, when the L.A. Dodgers played the Yankees,” said Krell, an author, attorney, and producer for MSNBC.

For baseball fans, the book fills in gaps of Dodgers scholarship, including the team’s origins. It covers Charles Ebbets’s sacrifice to build a new ballpark that eventually became a baseball icon, and the reporting in the black press about Jackie Robinson. Krell also examines the Dodgers’ unsung contribution to baseball popular culture, including numerous novels, plays, films, art, and songs dating back to the 1930s.

David Krell has written for Memories and Dreams—The Official Magazine of the Baseball Hall of Fame; and has spoken at several Society for American Baseball Research conferences, Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention.

Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture by David Krell, Foreword by Branch Rickey III

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Pages: 240
2015 Paperback Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0786477999

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