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  • Did O'Malley see this movement?

    Just finished an excellent book: Jefferson Avenue: Stories from a Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941-1958, by James M. O'Kane, which I recommend to all Dodger fans.

    The book does not discuss the Dodgers much, but details the striking change of one neighborhood (Bed Stuy) in the transformative period from WW I to the year after the move to LA.

    Told in rich, sometimes humorous, sometimes alarming detail, it depicts an experience that many Brooklyn neighborhoods underwent. It shows in depth a Brooklyn long gone - and why it disappeared - and what is there now.

    As has been noted before, O'Malley took note of the flight of Brooklynites to the suburbs, but maybe also saw their replacements as not constituting a Dodger fan base.

    I got this paperback from Amazon, read it in a day, and enthusiastically passed it on to a contemporary who grew up in Brooklyn.

    It was so good that I went on Google Earth to survey the area now, and later got in contact with the author to tell him how good I found the book.
    Still patiently waiting @ at Sullivan & McKeever (once THE corner in MLB) for the Brooks to return from their extended road trip.

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