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For some Brooklynites, mentioning the Dodgers is akin to bringing up an ex-wife who left us for a younger, richer man from Los Angeles. But now that so much time has passed, we can appreciate the good times we had.

That is the message of “Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush,” a new HBO film that revisits the best of times and focuses on the golden age of Dodger baseball, 1947–1956.

We’re already familiar with many of the film’s elements: Robinson’s stoic heroism and Thomson’s horrific “shot heard ’round the world,” but the film does offer a few surprising tidbits.

For example, team owner Walter O’Malley, remembered in the borough as the demon spawn of Ebenezer Scrooge and Satan, gets less blame for the Dodgers’ move than city planner Robert Moses.

“Brooklyn Dodgers: the Ghosts of Flatbush” airs on HBO through August 25. For times and information, visit — Harry Cheadle
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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