Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Barrier

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Blending exclusive rare interviews with Rachel Robinson (Jackie’s widow), Mack Robinson (Jackie’s brother), Hall of Famers Monte Irvin, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Ralph Kiner, and others, celebrated author Harvey Frommer evokes the lives of general manager Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson by describing how they worked together to shatter baseball's color line. Rickey and Robinson is a dual biography tracing the convergence of the lives of two of baseball's most influential individuals in a ...
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Overview

Blending exclusive rare interviews with Rachel Robinson (Jackie’s widow), Mack Robinson (Jackie’s brother), Hall of Famers Monte Irvin, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Ralph Kiner, and others, celebrated author Harvey Frommer evokes the lives of general manager Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson by describing how they worked together to shatter baseball's color line. Rickey and Robinson is a dual biography tracing the convergence of the lives of two of baseball's most influential individuals in a marker moment in sports and cultural history.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Mr. Harvey Frommer, a friend of the NLBPA, has published another great book . . . Negro League Baseball Players Association
Chicago Tribune
Thorough research, a vivid account.
Washington Post
A vivid account of the two as genuine American heroes.
Booklist
Frommer's analysis of Rickey's motives sets this book apart . . . [Rickey and Robinson] raises all the right questions in interesting ways.
Amsterdam News
One of the best . . . brutally honest with no punches pulled.
Jersey Journal
Interesting and exciting book.
Black Issues Book Review - Art Rust Jr.
I've read more than a dozen books on the Rickey/Robinson tandem and I must say that Frommer's is the best structured. He brings Robinson's persona alive, proving why he was the first black man selected to break the racial barrier.
Billy Sample
Just a terrific book. It fills in so many of the blanks about the story of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. It's like a history lesson. And the intro by Monte Irvin puts it over the top. . . . Highly recommended.
EBONY
A celebration, a nostalgic account.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781630760021
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2015
  • Pages: 264

Meet the Author

Harvey Frommer is a noted sports author and oral historian. He has written more than forty-two sports books including Remembering Yankee Stadium, Remembering Fenway Park, and the autobiographies of Red Holzman, Nolan Ryan, and Tony Dorsett. Cited in the Congressional Record and by the New York State Legislature as a sports historian and journalist, Dr. Frommer is a professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire with his wife, Myrna.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
1 The Meeting 1
2 Pasadena: The Making of an All-American 17
3 Ohio: Pioneer Stock 35
4 St. Louis 47
5 Building Days in Brooklyn 80
6 The Color Bar Drops 96
7 The Signing 108
8 Number 42 131
9 The Mahatma in Charge 150
10 Changing Roles 160
11 Speaking Out 175
12 Winding Down 190
13 The Final Years 205
Afterword 231
Appendix 233
Box Score of Jackie Robinson's First Game
Jackie Robinson's Playing Record
Branch Rickey's Playing Record
Branch Rickey's Managing Record
Index 235
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