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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.

©2020 Eric Nusbaum (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Stealing Home has a driving plot, a humane heart, and a proud conscience. Read it and enjoy the story, or read it and get mad, or read it and change your mind. Most importantly, read it." (Chuck D, founding member of Public Enemy)

"A well-known tale of racial injustice given a fresh look.... Provocative, essential reading." (Kirkus)

"In my family, the Dodgers caused pain and disillusionment when they left Brooklyn. But what happened in Los Angeles is a second drama with its own measure of financial manipulation, political intrigue, and working-class heartache. Stealing Home takes on a whole new meaning in Eric Nusbaum's marvelous book." (David Maraniss, New York Times best-selling author of When Pride Still Mattered and Clemente)

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Once Upon a Time at Dodger Stadium

Professional baseball: to love it and hate it is to know it. Nusbuam was unrelenting in his effort to examine the deepest roots of baseball, LA, and the lives forever changed by it. His scholarly approach, objectivity, and obsessive detail produced a baseball book like no other.

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It’s great to learn the story

It’s good to know what happened on the land that is now dodges stadium. This is a great and insightful book. My only complain is the narration, with the Spanish language words. You can’t really understand what he says. He says it so quickly. And I am a native Spanish speaker. But it’s such a good book. Def recommend.

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A fabulous book for history lovers, baseball hours, and everyone in between

Simply put, I loved this book. This is an area of history that I’ve never really dug into, and I can’t say that I really love baseball at all. However, after seeing the reviews I decided to give it a try. The writing is so rich, and it spans multiple countries, multiple generations, local and national politics, economics and of course baseball. At its heart it is a story about families, and the ties that bind us. The book is so engaging and well written, and exceptionally well researched. It moves fast while also maintaining excellent detail. I will be looking forward to Nusbaum’s next book!

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Incredible!

I absolutely loved this book. If you love baseball, history, politics, this book is for you. I absolutely loved every chapter.

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A wonderful look at the people and stories of Chavez
Ravine before the Dodgers. Come for the baseball, stay for the sweeping history of it all.

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The Dodgers and Chavez Ravine. Enlightening.

An honest look at the events that transpired that led to the building of Dodgers Stadium and how it affected the families who lived in the area and how they were treated. In depth and well written. The only problem I had was with the narrator. He simply mispronounced many names because he was putting a Spanish accent to some names and words that simply were not meant to be pronounced as such.

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Amazing

The story/history of the land and the people who were displaced in and around dodger stadium. It was heartfelt and beautifully written

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As a fan of the Dodgers for more than 60 years, I found the story very enlightening. Too bad the narration didn't live up to the story.

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a story for everyone

As a native Angelino who grew up with the Steve Garvey Dodgers, I loved hearing about the history of Los Angeles, politics, and baseball. As an African American, I could relate to the stories of hope, hard work, and injustice experienced by these Mexican American families. It reminded me of The Warmth Of Other Suns.

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Not Just Baseball

I’m not a baseball fan at all, but I always cheer on the Dodgers as a Orange County native. I’m not an Angels fan. This is an excellent history on how the Dodgers got a new home at Chavez Ravine. More importantly how the community is so innate to their team as the culture of the city is always changing. If you are looking at stats on players and play by play games, this book is not for you. “Stealing Home” is like walking into a museum. As you start reading the first chapter, you get the feeling of stepping into the history of Los Angeles and not just baseball.

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