Murray Polner's Branch Rickey
manages to overcome the genre's limitations; it is a vivid portrait of an engaging, American original--a man whose radical innovations and commanding presence dominated baseball from 1903 until his retirement in 1965 --David Seideman, The New Republic
With thorough reporting and exclusive access to Rickey's papers, housed at the Library of Congress, and just recently made available to the public, Polner offers an examination of Rickey as complex as Red Smith's view of him: 'player, manager, executive, lawyer, preacher, horse-trader, spellbinder, innovator, husband and father and grandfather, sociologist, crusader, sharper, father confessor, checker shark, friend and fighter' --William Gildea, Washington Post
If you read one baseball book this year, make it this one! --Maury Allen
About the Author
is the author or editor of 15 books, and his articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Monthly, Commonweal
, and The Nation
. He lives in Great Neck, New York.