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Seeking suggestions for interview subject on Walter O'Malley

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    I have to write a story about the late Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley for next week and was looking for suggestions on people I could interview to explain how hurt the people of Brooklyn were by the move.

    My first thought was Dave Anderson because he covered the team. However, he still writes columns from The New York Times and have been told to avoid interviewing media sources.

    I won't try for Roger Kahn because he is too bitter and has credibility problems.

    I will call the National Baseball Hall of Fame and see if someone there could help me, even referring me to someone.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Screwball

    Screwball Member

    Start by reading all the documents and other information on www.walteromalley.com. You'll find a lot of correspondence between O'Malley and Brooklyn folks.
  3. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Pete Hamill.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Charley Steiner, Larry King
  5. Walter Burns

    Walter Burns Member

    Art Modell was a Brooklyn boy. You might want to ask him how much the Dodgers' move hurt, and why he then ripped out the hearts of Browns fans in much the same way.
    Not that I'm bitter.
  6. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    That cracked me up
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    There are still some Brooklyn Dodgers still alive, like Ralph Branca, Duke Snider. Tommy Lasorda was a Brooklyn Dodger briefly.

    EDIT: Also, I would think Rachel Robinson would be a very interesting person to interview.
  8. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Read "The Last Good Season." Plenty of good names in there that you might be able to get a hold of.
  9. Dan Hickling

    Dan Hickling Member

    Carl Erskine is still living...retired years ago as baseball coach at Anderson (In.) College, but I imagine someone there could steer you to him...
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Guy who is still unbelievably alive is Lester Rodney, who was a sports writer for the Daily Worker. I see him interviewed and as a source in nearly every story, documentary or book about the Brooklyn Dodgers nowadays. He was a source for Jonathan Eig's book about Jackie Robinson's last season. Rodney has the credibility of having really been around the team and close to the players and management during the Robinson years through when O'Malley bolted. He's unbelievably old. Not that hard to find. He's in Walnut Creek, California.
  11. maberger

    maberger Member

    hockey maven stan fischler was working for the brooklyn eagle at the time, i believe
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