Rickey and Robinson: The Preacher, the Player and America's Game / Edition 1

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On August 28, 1945, a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team escorted an intriguing, if not exactly youthful, prospect into the intriguing, if not exactly welcoming, office of a veteran baseball man who had already revolutionized the sport at least once. Jackie Robinson meet Branch Rickey.

What actually happened in that cluttered room over the course of the next few hours will never be known for certain, but without a doubt this meeting set in motion changes in major league baseball and in the nation that would echo long after the postwar became the Cold War.

Though baseball necessarily lies at the heart of this fascinating dual biography, the stories of these two remarkable men touch many of the most important issues and changes in American life from 1895-1970-the transition from rural to urban America, two World Wars and the war in Vietnam, the Red Scare, the evolution of mass media, and, of course, the Civil Rights movement-their lives spanning most of the century that they helped to shape. Alone, each story is a good one. Combined-and they can hardly be separated-the Rickey-Robinson story becomes compelling, even mythical.

For those readers not particularly interested in baseball, Rickey and Robinson will surely help them appreciate the game's place in American history. At the same time, those who do not have to be persuaded that baseball truly is America's game will treasure this remarkable work. This unique book is certain to make informative and entertaining reading for a variety of courses in sport history, recent America, popular culture, and the U.S. survey.

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Editorial Reviews

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Advanced Praise for Rickey & Robinson:

“Chalberg knows his men. This sprightly written dualbiography breathes life into two fascinating men forever joined inout historical imagination.” – Larry R. Gerlach ,Professor of History, University of Utah

“…a deft and entertaining account of the Rickey andRobinson saga. Based on a thorough knowledge of the secondarysources and great enthusiasm for the subject, this book shouldappeal to baseball historians and general readers alike.”– Steve Gietschier, The Sporting News

“A striking, provocative, and interesting book about twoof the baseball giants of the 20th century… Thechanging world of baseball, the civil rights movement, and theAmerican social landscape provide the canvas on which the lives othese two men unfold.” – Richard C. Crepeau, Professorof History, University of Central Florida

Library Journal
Jackie Robinson's Hall of Fame 1962 career with the Brooklyn Dodgers is legendary. It has been told in movies, TV, and many books, including his own I Never Had It Made LJ 4/15/95. Though Branch Rickey's story is less celebrated beyond his dramatic 1946 signing of the first Big League black player, his own long career with the Browns, Cards, Dodgers, and Pirates won him his Hall of Fame election in 1967. Chalberg, who will portray Rickey in a one-man play at the Hall of Fame in August, offers a warm look at the two baseball rebels who are so often remembered together. A good choice for young adult and adult public library shelves.--Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882959528
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. “Chuck” Chalberg teaches Americanhistory at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota.He has written Emma Goldman: American Individualist and editedAmerican Isolationism. In his other lives he performs one-man showsas Teddy Roosevelt, H. L. Mencken, G. K. Chesterton, and BranchRickey.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Warm-ups 1

The First Inning 15

The Second Inning 43

The Third Inning 60

The Fourth Inning 82

The Fifth Inning 104

The Sixth Inning 143

The Seventh Inning 167

The Eighth Inning 191

The Ninth Inning 211

Bibliography 229

Index 241

Photographs follow page 132

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