The Last Innocents

The Last Innocents

The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers

Large Print - 2016 | Large print ed
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It's rare for a team to encapsulate an era as indelibly as the Los Angeles Dodgers did the 1960s. White, black, Jewish, Christian, wealthy, working class, conservative, liberal--the Dodgers embodied the disparate cultural forces at play in an America riven by race and war. -Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2016
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780062466754
Branch Call Number: LP 796.357 Leah
Characteristics: xxii, 745 pages : 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm


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PimaLib_NormS Sep 29, 2016

When I first saw “The Last Innocents” by Michael Leahy, I thought, “Really? Do we need another book about the Dodgers?” But, I decided to give it a try anyway, and I’m glad I did. It may sound strange, but I do not consider this book to be about baseball, it is more about a group of men that played baseball. A distinction without a difference? Maybe. Many baseball-themed books are about which team won that game, and which player hit the game winning home run. However, Leahy tells the story of the Los Angeles Dodgers of the 60’s by focusing on six very different men, who played on those teams during that turbulent, chaotic decade. By interviewing many of the Dodgers still alive from those days, we get to know what the players were thinking then, and what they think now with the benefit of hindsight. In doing so, the author humanized the baseball cards that I collected as a child. “The Last Innocents” by Michael Leahy is a character driven effort that I would highly recommend.


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