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Branch Rickey (Penguin Lives) Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 17, 2011
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These "Lives" books are not meant to be exhaustive biographies. Generally, there are no indices, source notes. Rather, the author provides a quite selective bibliography for readers wanting fuller treatment. The mission of the "Lives" books, rather, is to sketch the full life, and home in on significant, inspiring acts of the subject that truly made a positive difference in the world. The several I have read, including this one, have the sense of a masterful story-teller chatting knowingly with me across a kitchen table.
Enter Breslin, an icon himself, who for more than 55 years has moved us to tears and laughter and greater understanding. His selection to treat Rickey really is "beautiful." By story's end, Penguin's choice of Rickey as the inaugural sports figure in the series--ahead of Robinson, Ruth, Thorpe--also seems totally appropriate. As Breslin shows, without Rickey doggedly pursuing his vision of integration against many foes, a decade (or more) might have passed unchanged.
What led Rickey to dissent from all 15 other baseball owners (Breslin provides their ridiculously pious and hypocritical "Statement on Race") and dedicate himself and his team to integration?Read more ›
This book is a nice entry into the life of Rickey, but I found it a bit lacking for my appetite. It is certainly well-written and to the point, but it doesn't seem to bring forth much more information than was revealed in the movie. I plan to check out books Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Barrier and Jackie Robinson: My Own Story.
This 146 page bio of baseball great Branch Rickey is well worth a visit. Both knowledgeable fans and newcomers, young and old, will enjoy this witty look at one of the seminal figures in the history of the sport. Terrific book.
Jimmy Breslin's paean of praise to Branch Rickey is the fourth and most recent title in the Penguin Lives Series to frame the American struggle to provide equality to Black Americans in terms of the people who helped make it happen. Biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln preceded Rickey's. Of the four, Rickey's contribution is perhaps the least celebrated, but by no means the least important. Had Rickey not hired Jackie Robinson to play second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, no telling when the color line in big league sports would have been breached and black athletes and others given the opportunities that had been withheld from them as a matter of law and custom from the day the first slave ship landed at Charleston.
Breslin tells the story as if he were holding forth in an Irish pub across the street from Ebbets Field. He writes in an easy, conversational voice which takes you in and makes you want to hear more. While many readers and fans know the highlights of the Rickey-Robinson story, what is not so well known is how much planning went into the groundwork to bring Robinson up to the majors. Among Rickey's challenges, the opposition of all the other owners in the major leagues, the need to persuade the New York legislature to pass a fair employment law, and the shrill opposition of many sports writers and politicians with Jim Crow sympathies.
Like the other books in this worthwhile series, it is short (146 pages) and to the point. Breslin hits the high spots in Rickey's remarkable life and in his mission to end the humiliation that marks second class citizenship wherever it is found. Rickey deserves all the praise that comes his way.
I liked it very much: a quick read and a reminder of how important the National Game has been to the Nation.
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This is a great book that gives the background on how Jackie Robinson made it into professional baseball. It was also the basis for the recent movie "42". Read morePublished 18 months ago by D-Stylz
I found many of the historical events to be corroborated by other accounts. There was a lack of transition between stories, but it wasn't really affecting the read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Benoit