Eric Nusbaum is the author of Stealing Home: Los Angeles, he Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between. Here’s a brief description of the book from the website linked above to whet your appetite:
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.
Hell yeah! That’s definitely my kind of book. I became aware of it thanks to a retweet from former Deadspin editor David Roth, reached out to Eric, and set this up in relatively short order. So, in addition to talking about the book itself and its origins from within him, we talk sportswriting, freelancing, a bit about parenting, and, in a fun way to close the episode, we take a cue from the old Deadspin and Remember Some Guys together.
Eric is a terrific writer, seems like a great dude, and this is a dynamite chat. Have you missed baseball? I sure as hell have. So why not listen in on on this great conversation and then check out Eric’s book. His website offers links to all the pertinent sites, but maybe you should buy from your local independent bookseller. And if you’re not going to listen to me, take it from Chuck D of Public Enemy:
“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.”