THE LAST TROLLEY

In this last episode, we'll meet the winners and losers in this saga of big business and baseball and the death of the American dream. O'Malley loses to Moses, Branca loses to Thomson, Brooklyn loses to LA. But who were the real winners, who the real losers? "The leadership of New York was stupid, in my opinion," says Roz Wyman. Was Walter O'Malley the devil, responsible for Brooklyn's decline, or was he a visionary? This is one of many themes explored in the fifth part, as the mammoth ego clash between Moses and O'Malley comes to a peak. They were both men of dreams. Moses' dream of a stadium in Flushing Meadows came to fruition in Shea Stadium. O'Malley envisioned a domed stadium with artificial grass. His dreams, too, have come true.

Punctuating this battle, you'll meet ultimate fans like Hilda Chester. You'll hear how Hilda changed the course of a game. You'll meet the surviving members of the Dodger Sym-Phony and hear the cacophony that pierced the air at Ebbets Field. The rivalry between Dodgers and Giants was intense. The Dodgers nicknamed the Polo Grounds after the most dreaded disease of the time -- the Polio Grounds. The Giants had the same sentiment toward Ebbets Field. Willie Mays tells how he had his tires slashed during a game at Ebbets.

The last game of the 1951 playoff is the most famous game between the two teams, and Russ Hodges' play-by-play is the most famous, but in this part you'll hear Red Barber's play-by-play of Bobby Thomson's home run. Larry King calls it the best announcing job he ever heard. After the home run, Red was silent for 59 seconds. The silence best symbolized the disappointment Dodger fans would feel for generations to come. Back in LA, Roz Wyman, LA City Councilwoman, had to deal with bomb threats and death threats in trying to lure the elusive O'Malley to the West Coast. Arthur Daley of the New York Times said, "Only the elastic O'Malley can ride two horses in opposite directions." This segment will pick up the political battles between O'Malley and City Hall and how O'Malley influenced Giants owner Horace Stoneham to move to San Francisco. See how O'Malley, the ultimate visionary, envisioned Skiatron, the precursor to cable television. O'Malley used this as bait to lure Stoneham to the west coast. Of course, cable wouldn't happen for another 20 years. Not only did Stoneham build one of the ugliest ball parks in baseball, but Candlestick Park is built next to San Francisco Bay, probably one of the most inhospitable settings in the major leagues. One historian said, "Brooklyn was the biggest and most dramatic 'home town' on earth." This is the story of a literal and figurative home town and its team and what happens to the town when the team is no more. "A lot of the change in America, the disappearance of the American dream," says Robert Caro, "is really summarized in this one baseball team."

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