A groundbreaking, comprehensive biography about Walter O’Malley is now available at booksellers nationwide. Although he has been mentioned in hundreds of books, this is the first book that solely features the Hall of Fame owner of the Dodgers. Author Michael D’Antonio, who shared a Pulitzer Prize while reporting at Newsday, used never-before-seen documents from the personal archives of O’Malley, his own independent thorough research and interviews to provide an intimate portrait of baseball’s most significant owner in “Forever Blue” (Riverhead Press, hardcover, 368 pgs.).
For an unprecedented 10 years, O’Malley searched for solutions to privately build a new stadium for the Dodgers in Brooklyn to replace aging Ebbets Field. But, the struggle with New York officials to assemble land for the stadium in Brooklyn, which O’Malley would have purchased, led to his eventual decision to relocate the Dodgers to Los Angeles.
O’Malley’s legacy includes that historic expansion of Major League Baseball westward, bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles for the 1958 season, making baseball truly national and privately building 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium, the first and finest baseball ballpark of the modern era. Also presented are O’Malley’s countless challenges on two Coasts; the love of his life; the modernization of Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida; and the successful organization that he led that won four World Championships.
Two polls in December 1999 provide the backdrop for the significance of O’Malley’s career, as ABC Sports Century panel ranked him 8th in its Top 10 Most Influential People “Off the Field” in sports history, while The Sporting News named him the 11th “Most Powerful Person in Sports” in the 20th Century.
D’Antonio has been a journalist and nonfiction author for 30 years. He has published more than a dozen books including Atomic Harvest, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, The State Boys Rebellion, and Hershey. The author of hundreds of magazine articles, his work has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, and many other publications. He has also written and sold original stories for film, including two—Deacons for Defense and Crown Heights—that were produced and aired by Showtime.