Books in Common NW: Eric Nusbaum & Rob Neyer

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 7:30pm

Books in Common NW steps up to the plate with Eric Nusbaum sharing his new book Stealing Home with fellow journali, and baseball enthusiast, Rob Neyer.

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/books-in-common-eric-nusbaum-rob-neyer-tickets-124462357261 -- don't forget to add a copy of Stealing Home when you do!

Stealing Home is a story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city. 

Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy. 

Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium. 

But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

Eric Nusbaum is a writer and former editor at VICE. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has also lived and worked in Mexico City, New York, and Seattle. He now lives in Tacoma, Washington with his family.

Rob Neyer: Rob Neyer worked for fifteen years as a columnist and blogger for ESPN, from 1996 to 2011, and later worked as a national writer and editor for SB Nation and FOX Sports. A Kansas City native, Rob has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than twenty years.

 sharing his new book Stealing Home with fellow historian, and baseball enthusiast, Rob Neyer.

Stealing Home is a story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city. 

Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy. 

Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium. 

But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

Eric Nusbaum is a writer and former editor at VICE. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has also lived and worked in Mexico City, New York, and Seattle. He now lives in Tacoma, Washington with his family.

Rob Neyer worked for fifteen years as a columnist and blogger for ESPN, from 1996 to 2011, and later worked as a national writer and editor for SB Nation and FOX Sports. A Kansas City native, Rob has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than twenty years.

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541742215
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: PublicAffairs - March 24th, 2020

Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062853615
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - October 9th, 2018

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