The Kid From Dodgertown
The boys of summer are back...
Los Angeles Dodgers beat reporter Rosa Santos has seen it all. Whether it’s player suspensions for anti-social behavior, tainted records due to performance enhancing substances, or outrageous demands for money that lead to crippling labor disputes, she’s had it with the game she once loved.
But then, pitcher Darnell “Heater” Hayward comes along, offering to tell her a story he promises will change her perspective. Of course, Rosa is suspicious. What could this jock possibly have to say that would alter her cynical view of our National Pastime?
What Hayward then shares with Rosa will lead her to question not only her feelings for the game, but her understanding of life itself.
“Dodgertown was a dream come true for my grandfather. He had envisioned a place that would serve as a training foundation for a Brooklyn Dodger dynasty. But this training base surprisingly became something beyond that, transcending into a realm where not only players’ talents were honed, but a place where lasting bonds formed, commitment and dedication were shaped, and where, steadily, proud histories evolved, all imbued with the magic of that common nucleus, a magic conveyed in Mr. Ferrante’s telling of the tale.”
— Branch B. Rickey, 3rd generation baseball executive
“It brought me great joy to read that my father, Joe Black, is one of the Brooklyn Dodger heroes in this tale, where opportunities and dreams come true. Welcome to Dodgertown!”
— Martha Jo Black, Chicago White Sox
“I came to Dodgertown as a rookie broadcaster in 1950 and never missed a game there until the Dodgers left in 2008…and I left a piece of my heart there as well. This book will take you for a stroll through a very special place.”
— Vin Scully, Hall of Fame broadcaster
“The one constant over 60 years of Dodger Baseball History was Dodgertown in Vero Beach. I trained there as a player and went back many times afterwards. It’s wonderful that someone is keeping the memory of Dodgertown alive.”
— Carl Erskine, Brooklyn Dodger great
^ Listen to this great interview from WTTB Vero Beach with host Bob Soos!