Branch Rickey by Jimmy Breslin
(Penguin Lives)

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

In a brilliant match between author and subject, this latest addition to the Penguin Lives series features the inimitable Jimmy Breslin telling the rags-to-riches tale of Branch Rickey, the legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who integrated baseball by putting Jackie Robinson into the major leagues. Moving from the dusty Midwest towns where Rickey built baseball's farm system to the Brooklyn streets where he hatched his most famous plan, Breslin brilliantly captures the heady days when baseball became the national pastime. What emerges is the irresistible story of a schemer and redeemer, 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.


 

About Jimmy Breslin

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Jimmy Breslin was born in Jamaica, Queens. He was awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. His bestselling and critically acclaimed books include The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight; Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?; The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo GutiÉrrez; several anthologies; and the memoir, I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me. He lives on Broadway, the Big Street, in New York City.
 
Published March 17, 2011 by Penguin Books. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Wesley Branch Rickey (1881–1965), born on an Ohio farm, attended Ohio Wesleyan University, played baseball, made it to the pros (he didn’t excel), went to law school and then returned to baseball, where he spent most of the rest of his life as an executive.

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The New York Times

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Jimmy Breslin on Branch Rickey, who laid the groundwork for integrating baseball. Neil Lanctot on Roy Campanella, who helped lead the way.

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Book Reporter

On April 15, 1947, a 28-year-old black man by the name of Jack Roosevelt Robinson ran onto a baseball diamond in Brooklyn and right into the pages of American history.

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Los Angeles Times

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"I had a problem for a writer," Jimmy Breslin tells us in the prologue to "Branch Rickey," his impressionistic portrait of baseball's great emancipator, the man responsible for bringing Jackie Robinson to the major leagues.

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The Washington Post

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The Washington Post

Rickey needed a man who could “control himself under insults and even assaults and put the attackers to shame.” “I want a ballplayer,” Rickey told Robinson at their first meeting, “with guts enough not to fight back.” Rickey touched every base to create as smooth an introduction for Robin...

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Christian Science Monitor

Numerous biographies of Branch Rickey have been written over the years.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

From the 1880s baseball served as the white national pastime and separately became the black national pastime, until Branch Rickey put Organized Baseball on the road to becoming the national pastime.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

As General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey changed Major League Baseball forever when he signed the first African-American player, Jackie Robinson.

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Mass Live

Jimmy writes of one enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: “The Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey spent years keeping blacks off his teams and he got what he deserved,” Jimmy notes, “which was nothing.”.

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