The Flannel Past is a story of redemption, and how a relationship forms between a boy who never knew his father, and his grandfather who knows he’s running out of time. Have you ever wondered if there really was a baseball God? The Flannel Past will leave you wondering no more.
When Babe Dahlgren passed away, he left behind a nearly completed manuscript. He wanted more than anything to tell his story. Matt Dahlgren made a promise to his late grandfather that his story would be told. And the manuscript that was left behind was used as a compass on Matt's quest to uncover the truth.
"Baseball, like life, can sometimes be a cruel and vicious business. The game is wonderful. Some of the people in it from time to time are not worthy of the game. This is the fascinating story of how a false rumor of drug use ruined a fine player's career. I loved the book."
"Bizarre and sad. Heart rending. The story of Bonds or any other player doesn't approach the tale of Babe Dahlgren, a major league first baseman from 1935-1946, whose career and life were ruined by an unsubstantiated rumor that he smoked marijuana."
"I've read many baseball books and this was a most enjoyable, sad, touching, yet entertaining book, that I could not put it down. I can honestly tell you it is as good as any baseball book that I have read in years."
"What should have been wondrous reminiscences of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, Branch Rickey, Jimmie Foxx and countless other legendary names from the 1930s and '40s, became, instead, a story of something else."
"This one predates by many years Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens and the Mitchell Report, not to mention public awareness of anabolic steroids, androstenedione and human growth hormone. At the center of this story is not a villain but a victim."
"Imagine that somebody started a rumor that essentially destroyed your reputation and good standing among your friends and co-workers. The whispers develop a life of their own, and the scurrilous charge is so damning and embarrassing that it first disrupts your career before ultimately putting it to a premature end."
Babe Dahlgren talks about the day he replaced Lou Gehrig.
The story behind Rumor In Town told through quotes and photos.
The day a ballplayer replaced his boyhood idol.