| Mar 29, 2008
One was soothed by his small-town roots, the other energized by the bright lights of a big city.
One was content with a closet-sized office visited only by his coaches, the other insistent on expansive quarters, stocked with a vast array of Italian...
| Mar 29, 2008
To my youthful eyes, the Coliseum, with its dull gray exterior and looming presence, didn't seem to offer much in the way of enjoyment when I first saw it on a sunny, summer day in 1958.
That quickly changed as my father led me up stairs that seemed to...
| Mar 29, 2008
The crowds that welcomed the Dodgers to Los Angeles and continued to respond to their historic presence were enormous -- 78,652 for the first game in 1958, 93,103 for a 1959 exhibition with the New York Yankees saluting Roy Campanella, and more than 92,...
| May 18, 2008
TOMMY LASORDA may not be the prettiest face in the world, but for Dodger fans, the mug belonging to the man who won the last World Series for the team back in 1988 is nothing less than gorgeous. So don't be alarmed if it starts showing up tatted on the...
| Feb 28, 2011
Duke Snider, one of the Brooklyn Dodgers' "Boys of Summer" and among a celebrated trio of New York center fielders in the 1950s, died Sunday. He was 84.
Snider died at Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, the Dodgers announced. No cause was...
| Jun 13, 2010
Even though most people call him Coach, John Wooden prefers to think of himself as a teacher, and not just one who taught hundreds of UCLA basketball players during his 27 seasons coaching the Bruins. His "Pyramid of Success," a diagram of core values,...
| Feb 26, 2009
Bus driver for the Dodgers
Joe Garvey, 81, a Greyhound bus driver who transported the Dodgers to and from spring training games in Florida for 25 years and whose son, Steve, became first a batboy and later an All-Star first baseman for the...
| Feb 12, 2010
The remarkable baseball life of Willie Mays can be measured in innumerable ways.
He started in the segregated Negro Leagues; when he retired in 1973 after 22 years in the major leagues, free agency was dawning. He was a bicoastal Giant who, in leading...
| Apr 3, 2011
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella
Simon & Schuster: 516 pp., $28
He was a three-time National League most valuable player, an eight-time All-Star, and played in five World Series, but Roy Campanella was something else when the Dodgers...
| Nov 24, 2010
Danny McDevitt, who left his imprint on baseball history by pitching the last game for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in 1957, died Saturday, two days after his 78th birthday.
McDevitt, who lived in Social Circle, Ga., died at Newton Medical Center...
| Jun 5, 2011
An American Life
Ballantine/ESPN Books: 397 pp., $26.00
Here is a theory I have: There are three kinds of baseball players — the Good, the Great and the Gods. In the first category is everybody who made it to the...