Book Review- Tales From The Dodger Dugout

When you have a key player and a veteran beat writer team up to do a book on a really remarkable World Series Champion, you have the right lineup for a fascinating reading experience in "Tales from the Dodgers Dugout", the story of the 1981 World Series Champions.

Outfielder Rick Monday, who's dramatic home run beat Montreal in the National League Championship Playoff in 1981 to put the Dodgers in the World Series, and Ken Gurnick, who was a beat writer in Los Angeles starting in 1982 and now is the editor of the award-winning web site Dodgers.com, were on the scene and deeply involved in a season that saw Los Angeles stop the New York Yankees in the 1981 World Series.

Monday was right in the middle of that magical Dodger team, in a season marred by a player strike midway through the season that resulted in splitting the season into two halves with the winners meeting in a Division Series playoff before the NLCS.

He taps into his former teammates, including Cey, Garvey, Russell, Baker, Scioscia, Yeager and Reuss as well as manager Tommy Lasorda to bring the reader a behind-the-scenes view of one of the most amazing seasons in Dodger history.

Monday not only wrote the book, he wrote a huge chapter of Los Angeles history wit his dramatic pennant-winning home run in Game Five of the NLCS in Montreal.

Relive with him how the dodgers had to come from behind in each of three post-season series to win their first World Championship since 1965.

You'll read about "Fernandomania," an occurrence that could only happen once in a lifetime as Rookie Fernando Valenzuela, pressed into a starting spot after an injury to Jerry Reuss, started the season 7-0 with five shutouts and a miniscule 0.29 earned run average and turning baseball on its ear.

Also included is the record infield of Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes and Steve Garvey who, although no one knew it at the time, were making their final appearance together as an infield after 8 1/2 years.

And find out how the postseason turned on one revealing off-field performance by starting pitcher Jerry Reuss.

The 1981 Dodgers were a team of character and a team of characters and we give this $19.95 book an enthusiastic Five Baseballs, our highest possible rating.

It will be available at major chain and independent bookstores in late April or early May. Or you can order by calling 1-877-424-2665 in the continental US or online at www.SportsPublishing LLC.com.

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