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Complicating the Blame Game: New York Politics, Baseball Fans and the Dodgers’ Move Out of Brooklyn

Abstract : About sixty years ago, New Yorker music stores sold a recording of comedian Phil Foster's "Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn" for $1.25. 1 Sung in the easily recognizable Brooklyn accent-whereby "thirty three" becomes "dirty tree"-the mock-operatic tune moved from a somber verse to a feet-stomping chorus: (verse) Say, did you hear the news about what's happenin' in Brooklyn? We really got the blues, about what's happenin' in Brooklyn. It ain't official yet. We hope official it don't get. But beware my friend and let me warn ya, they're thinkin' a takin' the Bums to California. (chorus) Let's keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn, a house is not a home without some love. Don't let them leave our premises, L.A. would be their nemesis, 'cause Brooklyn fits the Dodgers like a glove. (verse) Mister Walter O'Malley, we always called you "pally." We stuck with you through thick and thin. 1 This article grew from a presentation I gave at the workshop "Popular Culture" at the 2016 AFEA symposium. I would like to thank the organizers as well as the anonymous reviewers at the RFEA and Anaï Bruna for their invaluable feedback.
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Peter Marquis. Complicating the Blame Game: New York Politics, Baseball Fans and the Dodgers’ Move Out of Brooklyn. Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, Paris : Association Française d'études américaines, 2017, 2 (151), pp.206-226. ⟨10.3917/rfea.151.0206⟩. ⟨hal-02061240⟩



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