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Mover and Shaker, Mover and Shaker, 0803245084, 0-8032-4508-4, 978-0-8032-4508-2, 9780803245082, Andy McCue, , Mover and Shaker, 0803255055, 0-8032-5505-5, 978-0-8032-5505-0, 9780803255050, Andy McCue, , Mover and Shaker, 0803255063, 0-8032-5506-3, 978-0-8032-5506-7, 9780803255067, Andy McCue, , Mover and Shaker, 0803255071, 0-8032-5507-1, 978-0-8032-5507-4, 9780803255074, Andy McCue, , Mover and Shaker, 080327842X, 0-8032-7842-X, 978-0-8032-7842-4, 9780803278424, Andy McCue

Mover and Shaker
Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion
Andy McCue

hardcover
2014. 488 pp.
978-0-8032-4508-2
$34.95 t
 

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.



"If you are interested in the details of baseball's backroom machinations during the 1940s to the 1970s; the blow by blow account of building Dodger Stadium and the true story of the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn, including a highly credible analysis of his motivation for moving his team and family across the country, then I highly recommend Mover and Shaker by Andy McCue."—Paul Hirsch, seamheads.com

“Andy McCue has written the definitive biography of the fascinating and elusive Walter O’Malley, the man who changed the way a country thinks about its national pastime. Wise and engaging. A must-read for every historian of the game.”—Michael Shapiro, author of The Last Good Season



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