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Through a Blue Lens: The Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein, 1937-1957
Title | Through a Blue Lens: The Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein, 1937-1957
Author | Barney Stein, Bonnie Crosby & Dennis D'Agostino
Type | Book
Rating | 10
Notes | One of the most beloved teams in American sport, the Brooklyn Dodgers, has become a national icon since its departure for the West Coast. Its story has been told many times in many ways . . . but never like this.

Barney Stein was the Dodgers' official team photographer, an assignment he held for 21 years, from 1937 until the team left for Los Angeles. With access that no other media member had, his camera chronicled every aspect of the team's most memorable years--the great games, the legendary stars, the behind-the-scenes moments, and the personalities that made the Ebbets Field era so unforgettable.

For the last half-century, Stein's Dodgers work has remained one of the sports world's lost treasures. Except for rare and scattered glimpses it has not been published or otherwise seen since the team headed west. Now, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers last season in Brooklyn, Barney Stein's Dodgers photographs live again.

With nearly 200 photographs, Through a Blue Lens takes you to every corner of Ebbets Field. Readers will meet the on- and off-the-field legends who made the Brooklyn years so unforgettable, and they'll relive the team's legendary triumphs and heartbreaks, including never-before-published photos of the final game at Ebbets Field in September 1957.

In addition, first-person memories and anecdotes from surviving Dodgers legends give a unique dimension to this Brooklyn family album. Hall of Famers Duke Snider, as well as Carl Erskine, Ralph Branca, Clem Labine, and Johnny Podres join legendary announcer Vin Scully, longtime executive Buzzie Bavasi, and Joan (Mrs. Gil) Hodges to salute Barney not only as a great photographer but as a loving and considerate friend to all who wore Dodger Blue. Also included throughout the narrative are Stein's own words, excerpted from his previously unpublished memoirs.

Bonnie Stein Crosby has lovingly retained and catalogued the Brooklyn Dodgers photos of her late father. Dennis D'Agostino is one of sports' most prolific authors and historians. Together their efforts have vividly and dramatically made the Dodgers' days in Brooklyn come alive . . . through the Dodger Blue lens of Barney Stein.

About the Author:
Brooklyn-born Bonnie Crosby attended many Dodgers games at Ebbets Field and at spring training in Vero Beach while her father was shooting the legendary team. Trained in ballet and modern dance at New York's High School of Performing Arts and the Juilliard School, she has performed in film, television, and on stage in the U.S., Europe, and South America. She is the founding co-president of the Chautauqua (New York) Dance Circle, a scholarship-funding organization. With her sister, Harriet, she formed The Barney Stein Photo Collection LLC. Bonnie and her husband, Steve, live in Naples, Florida, and Chautauqua, New York.
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Keith Birmingham Photographer
Pasadena | CA | USA
Comments | [11/29/07] An absolutely wonderful collection of memories from an unforgettable team in truly a extraordinary time in baseball. Barney Stein was blessed with a exceptional eye and I am truly at a lost for not have knowing him.
Rating | 10

Brad Mangin Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA
Comments | [09/17/07] This is a fantastic book that belongs on the bookshelf of every photographer who loves shooting baseball. I just finished reading this book and looking at the pictures late last night and I was sad when I reached the final page. I wanted the book to go on forever. Barney Stein was a wonderful photographer who covered his beloved home town team like a journalist. We are all so lucky that his daughter Bonnie thought enough of her dad and his pictures to put them together in a book for all of us to enjoy. HIGHLY recommended!
Rating | 10

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