|Book Review: Dodgers Past & Present|
Written by Robert Democh (Contact & Archive) on May 25, 2009
This is just one of the many tasty bits of trivia packed into Steven Traversâ€™ treatment of the Dodgers franchise.Â Travers has written similar tomes covering the Cubs and Cardinals.Â Packed with memorable photographs covering all eras of franchise history, the book is a casual read for fans of all ages.Â Rather than attempting to spin his yarn chronologically, Travers divided the book into chapters, each addressing a specific aspect of club history.Â Segments I found appealing included â€śDodger Dynasties,â€ť â€śBreaking Barriers,â€ť and â€śThe Dodger-Giant Rivalry.â€ťÂ While I applaud Traversâ€™ novel approach to organizing his book, I found it challenging at times tracing the evolution of the franchise while navigating back and forth between eras.Â Also, the â€śBreaking Barriersâ€ť chapter devoted a single page to Jackie Robinsonâ€™s dramatic arrival in the major leagues.Â Given his historical importance to baseball generally and the Dodgers especially, a chapter devoted to Robinson would have been appropriate.Â That way, Travers could have reflected at length about Robinsonâ€™s enormous legacy and his impact on future players wearing Dodger blue.Â
Nothing succeeds like success and the Dodgers are certainly no strangers to it, having captured a record 21 National League titles and six World Series championships.Â Covering the exploits of dozens of Hall-of-Famers and containing a wealth of historical images, Dodgers Past & Present would be a welcome addition for any fan of Dodgers lore.Â Los Angeles Dodgers fans, however, may be disappointed by the under representation of the franchiseâ€™s half century West Coast experience.
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