High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania : A Fan’s History of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Glory Years 1977-1981

High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania : A Fan's History of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Glory Years 1977-1981
Paul Haddad Foreword by Jon Weisman
March 2012
Black-and-White Photographs
6 x 9
Trade Paperback

For Dodger fans, the years 1977 to 1981 mark the team’s glory days, and High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania chronicles the highlights and disappointments that marked those four tumultuous seasons.Told from lifelong fan Paul Haddad’s perspective, the story of the Dodgers during this time period is enhanced by transcripts of radio and TV calls that are woven into his personal recollections, capturing famed Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully at the top of his game.

From Jerry Ruess’s no-hitter and Rick Monday’s epic homer against Montreal to the magical rookie year of Fernando Valenzuela and the 1981 World Series, all of the famous Dodger moments are commemorated in great detail.

In addition to the chronological narrative, each chapter contains lists, trivia, sidebars, and interesting statistics that make the exciting culture and fan frenzy that surrounded the Dodgers’ last great dynasty come to life.

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Author Information
Paul Haddad

is the author of High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania:
A Fan’s History of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Glory Years 1977–1981
. It was chosen as one of the top baseball books of 2012 by the Los Angeles Daily News and earned praise from the L.A. Times, Fox News, NBC News, Yahoo!, ESPN Radio, and CBS Radio. Born in Hollywood, Haddad has contributed essays about Los Angeles to the L.A. Times and the Huffington Post. When he is not writing books, he works as a television writer and executive producer.


“With Vin Scully’s broadcasts as a touchstone, Paul Haddad revives the glory years of the Dodgers. His recollections are as rich and wonderful as Scully himself.”
—Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times

“Warm and fuzzy time! Paul Haddad’s account is the shirt from the back of the closet that still fits and never goes out of style. I enjoyed it thoroughly.”
—Jerry Reuss, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1979-1986

“An evocative, playful, exuberant tribute to the sunniest days of the Los Angeles Dodgers and to the unmatched purity, intensity, and hilarity of fandom as a child,High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania is a crystal-clear signal breaking through the static of fading memories and the distance of time. Reading it is like somehow finding your hometown team’s game on the radio while hundreds and hundreds of miles away.”
—Josh Wilker, author of Cardboard Gods

“We never forget our first loves—whether it was a fresh-grilled Dodger Dog, a double bag of salted-in-the-shell peanuts, or Tommy John’s bionic arm. All my adult life I’ve wondered if someone could bring back to life those wonderful days of a childhood lost to Vin Scully on the transistor radio and the team that dared you to believe even when they crushed your heart. Now somebody has.”
—Les Carpenter, Yahoo! Sports

“As a fan of sharp writing, warm childhood memories, and all the visceral elements of baseball, this book left me exhilarated. As a die-hard Montreal Expos fan who’d love to never hear the name Rick Monday again, this book left me saddened and furious. I want to buy Paul Haddad a beer, shake his hand . . . then punch him in the face.”
Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%