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  • lou correll

    Posted on January 16, 2013

    To top it off re:O'Malley, he grew up a GIANT fan !!!!!

  • Steve L

    Posted on March 20, 2009

    Amen to all of the above, plus this: For a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Michael D’Antonio is guilty of either: a) sloppy research b) Selective reporting c) Whitewashing O’Malley’s record d) All of the above One of his key points, stated more than once in this interview, is that the declining attendance at Ebbets Field was a major factor in O’Malley’s decision to move the team. While the raw numbers do show a steady decline in the Dodgers’ per-game attendance from the peak year of 1947 through 1957, an objective reporter would have placed that fact in context, and examined it against the trend in the entire league. In BOTH leagues. Had he done so, he would have found that every team experienced declining attendance over that period. And he would have found that despite the nation-wide decline, per-game attendance at Ebbets Field was GREATER than the league’s per –game average each year, except for 1957! So even though attendance was down at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers more than made up for it with their lucrative radio and television income. The team MADE money each year, and O’Malley was hardly going broke. He just wanted more. And if he couldn’t get his new stadium in Brooklyn, he’d take his team elsewhere; Brooklyn fans be damned. THAT’S the story that a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist should have told.

  • Strummer

    Posted on March 20, 2009

    O'Malley had many possibilities to stay in Brooklyn. A deal would have eventually been made. BUT he saw opportunities out west and California, or los Angeles, made him a great offer, which his greed and indifference to Brooklyn, would not let him reisit

  • jsilec

    Posted on March 20, 2009

    thanx for ruining brooklyn o'malley!

  • Ed C.

    Posted on March 19, 2009

    Fifty years have gone by, and it's still hard to believe that O'Malley pulled off this stunt. May he continue to rot in his money lined coffin. Let's Go Mets!

  • Bil Phifer

    Posted on March 19, 2009

    As a proud Brooklynite, born and raised, I can think of no man, living or dead, who did more harm to our wonderful borough than Walter O'Malley. To honor him in any way, in of all places as the Brooklyn Historical Society, would be a sacrilege. I have read some excerpts from Mr. D'Atonio's book and found it to be a revisionist piece of propaganda based on information spoonfed to the author by the O'Malley family in their continued attempts to try to show that Walter O'Malley was not the one at fault for the death of THE BROOKLYN DODGERS in 1957 and deflect the blame to Bob Moses ... which we know is nowhere near the truth. I sincerely hope that there will be representation on this panel from both sides to debate the TRUE history of this most devastating loss to our Borough of Brooklyn. Despite the recent wave of books and television documentaries with all the half truths and downright lies, there is and will remain only one true villain in the theft of the Brooklyn franchise. And that person is Walter F. O'Malley. WE WILL NEVER FORGET ... WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE!

  • Jeff S

    Posted on March 19, 2009

    This is just more of the same revisionist history being pushed by Peter and other members of the imposter organization on the left coast to try to make Robert Moses the villain. They have managed to get HBO to do a documentary with their half truths and downright lies and now this book with the same half truths. The fact is while I don't question that Robert Moses was not inclined to help O'Malley with the Atlantic/Flatbush location, the fact is 100% certain that his hands were tied by NY's eminent domain laws. A good portion of the property O'Malley wanted to build the ballpark on was owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Under NY State law, it would have been illegal for Moses to condemn land privately owned for a privately built baseball stadium It is also not clear that Atlantic/Flatbush was the right place for the ballpark. What highway would lead the fans from Long Island, many of whom had left cramped apartments in Brooklyn to join O'Malley on Long Island, who were falling in love with their 2 car garages to the ballpark when the nearest highway is 1.5 miles away? How was O'Malley to pay for the ballpark. He claimed he would do it by taking the Dodger games off free television as every Brooklyn Dodger home game was on free television then and put them on pay television. Too bad the technology was still more than a decade away. O'Malley was offered a very viable alternative, a sweetheart lease later given to the Mets, at a municipal ballpart in Flushing Meadows right smack in the middle of everywhere his fan base would want to come. None of this Queens isn't Brooklyn garbage. The fact is the boundary between Queens and Brooklyn is totally artificial based on the layout of osme Dutch towns in the 17th century. Under this lease, the Mets have flourished and are today, as a franchise despite lacking the history and success of the team playing on the left coast masquerading as the Dodgers, worth far more than them. Peter O'Malley and all the rest of these revisionists can try from now until the chickens come home to roost to distort the record and try to shift the blame from his dad. The fact is there is only one individual resposible for the theft of the franchise from the fans who loved them and that person is Walter O'Malley. Period end of discussion although I could go on with many more true facts rather than the garbage being thrown out.

  • Pete Trunk

    Posted on March 19, 2009

    I hope that the discussion will be open, and all attending will be able to ask questions and make comments. It seems to this observer that Peter O'Malley has been on a decade or longer mission to re-invent the true history of his father's liability in the theft of the Brooklyn Dodgers from Flatbush more than 50 years ago. If this turns out to be an "A-Rod" controlled appearance, then we shall all suffer yet another bogus attempt to merely sell another book for a profit.

  • Don Z. Block

    Posted on March 19, 2009

    O'Malley remains to me a vile, supremely greedy person, one who owed it to the fans of Brooklyn to pursue the difficult road of building a new ballpark in Brooklyn. Instead, he took the easy way out and moved to LA, breaking millions of hearts. I have not forgotten or forgiven him. What he did way back then continues to cause me great pain. Today, in Pennsylvania, I follow the Phillies. Until 1957 in Brooklyn, I rooted for the Dodgers passionately. There is a huge difference between following and rooting. O'Malley epitomizes the kind of greed that killed baseball for me and is killing this entire country for everybody. Don Z. Block

  • Sady

    Posted on March 19, 2009

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