"As I get older, it's nice to look back at some of my best moments as a player, and some that came before my time. The memories fade, but the games live on in this wonderfully written book." - Orel Hershiser
RIVERDALE, NY —June 23, 2015— Innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB) has just released The 50 Greatest Dodgers Games by acclaimed sports writer J.P. Hoornstra.
This beloved and yet controversial baseball team, known for abandoning Brooklyn and giving the world Jackie Robinson, has played more than 10,000 as a franchise over three centuries! Dodgers beat reporter J.P. Hoornstra sorts through all the history and hysteria to present the most memorable games in the tradition of The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games by Cecilia Tan and Bill Nowlin (also published by Riverdale Avenue Books). For the first time, these legendary Dodger games are laid side-by-side and compared. Which game ranks number one?
Publisher Lori Perkins says, “This Dodgers history is a compelling read and J.P. truly puts the games in their social and sports context. You won’t be able to put it down!”
Some of the book’s highlights include:
- A doubleheader that lasted six and a half innings combined
- A single game that featured three teams on the field
- A game in which the Dodgers didn’t record a hit – and won
- The games in which the single-season and career home run records were broken
- Three perfect games and two no-hitters
- The longest game in major league history
- The first major league game ever televised
- A game in which the Dodgers’ pitcher lost consciousness on the field
- An exhibition game that drew 93,103 spectators
- The first integrated game in major league history
The 50 Greatest Dodgers Games features such iconic Dodger players as Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Kirk Gibson, Zack Wheat, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw, Steve Garvey, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese and more. It also features some of the unsung heroes of baseball history, like Cookie Lavagetto, Vic Davalillo, Sandy Amoros, Al Gionfriddo and Joe McGinnity.
About the Author
J.P. Hoornstra reports on the Dodgers for the Los Angeles News Group and is a regular media commentator on the team for major news outlets such as ESPN and MLB Network. He has written about sports and travel for more than a dozen newspapers and several periodicals since he was an undergraduate psychology student at UCLA. His interview subjects include some of the most famous names in sports, music and entertainment, as well as experts in medicine, psychology, architecture and business. When he is not writing at the ballpark, he is at home in Los Angeles ...writing. Visit his website at www.jphoornstra.com.