Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jimmy Breslin Brings to Life "Branch Rickey"

I have always known of Branch Rickey as the genius behind the machinations that brought Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues. Breslin always writes with a working class New York accent, and he does so in this intriguing biographical sketch that brings the colorful Rickey back to life. Breslin uses the investigative skills that won him a Pulitzer Prize to discover the forces that brought Rickey from the poor boy from Ohio with a strong personal faith and transformed him into the iconoclastic pioneer who changed the complexion and the trajectory of baseball for all time.

This is a book for anyone who has a love for baseball and a desire to understand an important chapter in our nation's history of race relations.



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