They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers

They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers

by Jason Turbow

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Overview

They Bled Blue is the rollicking yarn of the Los Angeles Dodgers' crazy 1981 season, a watershed campaign that cemented the team's place and reputation as fitting thoroughly within the surrounding LA culture. That it culminated in an unlikely World Series win-during a split season demarcated by a strike, no less-is not even the most interesting thing about this team.

The Dodgers were led by the garrulous Tommy Lasorda, whose office hosted a regular stream of Hollywood royalty. They had Steve Garvey, the first baseman with the movie-star good looks. Garvey was teamed with Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, and Bill Russell in the most durable infield in major league history, with 1981 presenting their final chance to win a championship as a unit. The difference maker was entirely unexpected twenty year old and nearly straight out of Mexico, with a wild delivery and a screwball as his flippin' out pitch. Fernando Valenzuela didn't speak much English, but his baseball ability broke down cultural barriers and helped fill Dodger Stadium to the brim with a Southern California Latino population that had been thirsting for just such a success story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684411764
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 868,128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jason Turbow is the bestselling author of Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's and The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, & Bench-Clearing Brawls. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and SportsIllustrated.com.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

1 The Manager 1

2 Snatched 18

3 Eighty-One 34

4 Mania 51

5 Buried 71

6 Struck 86

7 LA-LA 121

8 Second Act 138

9 Houston-Ho! 175

10 Tundra 196

11 Doodle Dandy 232

12 Aftermath 308

Conclusion 318

Acknowledgments 332

Notes 337

Index 358

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