Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between by Eric Nusbaum 1541742222 9781541742222
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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 OMalley, 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 neighborhoods families -- including one, the Archigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

Author: Eric Nusbaum

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Publication Date: 2021-03-16


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