NPC Book Rap: The Life and Legend of Baseball Great Leo Durocher
March 22, 2017 6:30 PM
Location: Conference Rooms
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Award-winning author and baseball historian Paul Dickson will present the first full biography of Leo Durocher, one of the most colorful and important figures in baseball history, at a National Press Club Book Rap on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30PM in the NPC’s Conference Rooms.
Leo Durocher (1906–1991) was baseball's all-time leading cocky, flamboyant, and galvanizing character, casting a shadow across several eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the Space Age Astrodome, from Prohibition through the Vietnam War. For more than forty years, he was at the forefront of the game, with a Zelig-like ability to be present as a player or manager for some of the greatest teams and defining baseball moments of the twentieth century. A rugged, combative shortstop and a three-time All-Star, he became a legendary manager, winning three pennants and a World Series in 1954. As he did with Bill Veeck, Dickson explores Durocher's life and times through primary source materials, interviews with those who knew him, and original newspaper files. A superb addition to baseball literature, Leo Durocher offers fascinating and fresh insights into the racial integration of baseball, Durocher's unprecedented suspension from the game, the two clubhouse revolts staged against him in Brooklyn and Chicago, and Durocher's vibrant life off the field.
This event will feature an author discussion, audience question-and-answer session, and book signing. Tickets are $5 for Press Club members and $10 for the public. Books can be purchased online at the same time as tickets or at the event. No outside books or memorabilia are permitted. Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which offers innovative, practical training to journalists and communications professionals working in a rapidly-changing media environment.
About the Author
Paul Dickson was born in 1939 in Yonkers, New York where, as a young baseball fan, he spent many hours reading about the antics and achievements of Leo Durocher in Brooklyn and New York City. Dickson has written more than 65 non-fiction books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Most of these books concentrate on writing about the American language, baseball, and 20th Century American history. His first biography Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick, published in 2012, was awarded the Jerome Holtzman Award from the Chicago Baseball Museum, the Reader's Choice Award for the best baseball book of 2012 from the Special Libraries Association, and the Casey Award from Spitball magazine.
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