The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together p>In this exhaustively detailed tome, Shapiro recounts the inspiring last hurrah of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers, an aging dynasty that managed to squeeze one last… The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together p>In this exhaustively detailed tome, Shapiro recounts the inspiring last hurrah of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers, an aging dynasty that managed to squeeze one last… 2003-03-18 Nonfiction Sports
Book Review

THE LAST GOOD SEASON: BROOKLYN, THE DODGERS, AND THEIR FINAL PENNANT RACE TOGETHER (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 18, 2003; Writer: Michael Shapiro; Genres: Nonfiction, Sports

p>In this exhaustively detailed tome, Shapiro recounts the inspiring last hurrah of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers, an aging dynasty that managed to squeeze one last pennant out of banged-up stars like Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella. He also gives a blow-by-blow of the fiery backstage battle between owner Walter O'Malley and New York public-works czar Robert Moses over building a new Brooklyn ballpark. The ending is well known: O'Malley breaks Brooklyn's heart by moving the team to L.A. Shapiro lovingly re-creates one of baseball's -- and New York's -- most poignant tales by describing a city in transition and a group of heroes in the twilight of their careers.

Originally posted Apr 04, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints