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Branch Rickey: A Life
     

Branch Rickey: A Life

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by Jimmy Breslin
 

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The book that inspired Harrison Ford in his portrayal of Branch Rickey in the hit movie “42”

The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey. In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the

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The book that inspired Harrison Ford in his portrayal of Branch Rickey in the hit movie “42”

The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey. In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the sport and the nation forever. Rickey's is the classic American tale of a poor boy from Ohio whose deep-seated faith and dogged work ethic took him to the pinnacle of success, earning him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame and in history.

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jimmy Breslin is a legend in his own right. In his inimitable anecdotal style, he provides a lively portrait of Rickey and his times, including such colorful characters as Dodgers' owner George V. McLaughlin ("dubbed George the Fifth" for his love of Scotch); diamond greats Leo Durocher, George Sisler, and Dizzy Dean; and Robinson himself, a man whose remarkable talent was equaled only by his resilience in the face of intolerance. Breslin brings to life the heady days when baseball emerged as the national pastime in this inspiring biography of a great American who remade a sport-and dreamed of remaking a country. See Branch Rickey’s life brought to the screen in the hit movie “42” in theaters everywhere now.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101476031
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/17/2011
Series:
Penguin Lives
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
631,622
File size:
137 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jimmy Breslin was born in Jamaica, Queens. He is the author of multiple bestselling and critically acclaimed books, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He lives in New York City.

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Branch Rickey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading but such a wonderful version of the famous story of Jackie Robinson. Breslin describes the careful campaign Rickey waged to introduce a black into major league baseball. He describes how Rickey wanted to this out of a deep moral conviction that it was the right thing to do and sold it as an important source of increased revenue. The book also describes club owners, the farm system. sports writers and is filled with wonderful stories and insights into the life of baseball,
Damian DiLuzio More than 1 year ago
To start, you can't tell the story of Robinson and Rickey in 109 pages. The story and the characters are to complex. This book is a disservice to both men and what they did for baseball and this country. Breslin lists a handfull of books worth reading on Branch Rickey. I'm sorry Mr. Breslin, but your book doesn't make the list. Read the intro and pick one of the other books.
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MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
Well researched, well written. A joy for any baseball fan.
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chucklesCC More than 1 year ago
ANY YEAR WITH A BOOK IN IT FROM JIMMY BRESLIN IS A GREAT YEAR. THIS MAKES 2011 A GREAT YEAR. BRANCH RICKEY, THE MAN WHO INTRODUCED JACKIE ROBINSON TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, WAS PARSIMONIOUS, PIOUS AND A BUSINESS MAN AND A BASEBALL ENTREPRENEUR BAR NONE. ASIDE FROM BREAKING THE COLOR LINE, HE DEVELOPED THE FARM TEAM SYSTEM, SPOTTED AND BROUGHT INTO BASEBALL SUCH TALENTS AS SISLER, MAZEROSKI, CAMPY AND OTHERS. WHILE MAKING MONEY HE REMAINED ALL BASEBALL, ALL THE TIME. MESSR. BRESLIN DOES RICKEY PROUD, BRINGNG OUT HIS HUMANITY AND HIS DEVOTION TO THE GAME, WHILE SHEDDING HIS REPORTER'S HIGH POWERED LIGHT ON BASEBALL AS IT WAS THEN. FOR ALL THIS, THE AUTHOR IS GIVEN A WELL DESERVED TIP O' THE CHAPEUAX: AND THIS KUDO...IF BRESLIN WROTE THE PHONE BOOK, I WOULD BUY & READ THE PHONE BOOK!
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