The 1977 78 Los Angeles Dodgers came close. Their tough lineup of young and ambitious players squared off with the New York Yankees in consecutive World Series. The Dodgers run was a long time in the making after years of struggle and featured many homegrown players who went on to noteworthy or Hall of Fame careers, including Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Steve Yeager. "Dodgerland" isthe story of those memorable teams as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the me era.
Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, "Dodgerland" is told through thelivesof four men, each representing different aspects ofthis L.A.story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team s struggles and triumphs; Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers season and the changes to California's landscape physical, social, political, and economic; Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California s ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977 78 from his Manhattan writer s loft; and Tom Bradley, Los Angeles s mayor and the region s most dominant political figure of the time, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic, and economic forces that affected the state at the time.
The boys in blue drew baseball s focus in those two seasons, but the intertwining narrativestell a larger storyabout California, late1970s America, and great promise unrealized.