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The glory days for L.A.’s Boys in Blue

Apr 17, 2012
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High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan’s History of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Glory Years 1977-1981 Credit: By Paul Haddad

With all the turmoil that has surrounded the Dodgers this past year, many fans who bleed blue are looking back to remind themselves of better times for the storied franchise.

Amongst those fans is writer, producer, and lifelong Dodgers fan, Paul Haddad. In Haddad’s new book, “High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania,” he focuses on the “glory years” of his childhood team, which spans from 1977 to 1981. During this time period, the Boys in Blue made it to the World Series three times, all against the Yankees. The capper was in 1981, when they finally defeated the Yankees after two ugly losses in 1977 and 1978.

Haddad explores this point in sports history of one of America’s most important teams the way only a true fan can. Haddad draws upon radio and TV transcripts of Vin Scully’s live coverage, his own childhood memories, and a trove of lists, trivia and statistics to provide a more than thorough examination of these four years for the Dodgers.

What’s so special about these seasons? What role did ownership play in the team’s success at the time? Who was your favorite player from the period? What moments stand out to you?

Guest:

Paul Haddad, author of “High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan’s History of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Glory Years 1977-1981,” television writer and producer

For web: http://www.dodgerglory.com/

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