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Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century—when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn—the Giants–Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The cheering and jeering continued unabated until 1957, when the clubs ba Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century—when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn—the Giants–Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The cheering and jeering continued unabated until 1957, when the clubs backed the moving vans up to the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, and took their rivalry to new venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Indeed, Brooklyn–New York baseball was a tough act to follow, but the West Coast version didn’t take long to fire up the emotions. Only six games into the first West Coast season, the clubs had their first beanball dustup. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte’s obsession. Fifty-five years ago, he attended one of the first Giants–Dodgers games ever played outside of New York. A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Konte understands what is so special about what is one of the most significant rivalries in American sports. And so—via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more—he has put together a rivalry bible. Focusing primarily on the California years, but also providing background on the origins and the New York years, The Rivalry Heard ’Round the World captures the spirit and intensity of one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.


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Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century—when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn—the Giants–Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The cheering and jeering continued unabated until 1957, when the clubs ba Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century—when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn—the Giants–Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The cheering and jeering continued unabated until 1957, when the clubs backed the moving vans up to the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, and took their rivalry to new venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Indeed, Brooklyn–New York baseball was a tough act to follow, but the West Coast version didn’t take long to fire up the emotions. Only six games into the first West Coast season, the clubs had their first beanball dustup. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte’s obsession. Fifty-five years ago, he attended one of the first Giants–Dodgers games ever played outside of New York. A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Konte understands what is so special about what is one of the most significant rivalries in American sports. And so—via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more—he has put together a rivalry bible. Focusing primarily on the California years, but also providing background on the origins and the New York years, The Rivalry Heard ’Round the World captures the spirit and intensity of one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.

25 review for The Rivalry Heard 'Round the World: The Dodgers-Giants Feud from Coast to Coast

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott (on temporary hiatus)

    "I will not miss that ballpark, nor will I miss those fans. They are the worst in the league. They're so far out in front, there's nobody close. [They] throw things at my players - you want to call that civilized?" -- Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, regarding the 'enemy' San Francisco Giants, on page 279 Fairly unexciting look at the New York-turned-West Coast rivalry between the two long-running (they both started, though under different names, way back in 1883) baseball teams. Much of the conten "I will not miss that ballpark, nor will I miss those fans. They are the worst in the league. They're so far out in front, there's nobody close. [They] throw things at my players - you want to call that civilized?" -- Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, regarding the 'enemy' San Francisco Giants, on page 279 Fairly unexciting look at the New York-turned-West Coast rivalry between the two long-running (they both started, though under different names, way back in 1883) baseball teams. Much of the content was colorless and ordinary, only really coming to life in the final chapters with some brief stories / anecdotes. As a fan I usually enjoy reading about Dodgers history, but this curiously fell flat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    Great read of the historic rivalry between the Giants and the Dodgers that started in New York and made its way to California.

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