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Branch Rickey: A Biography

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Has any sport executive had as many words written about him as Branch Rickey? A one-time catcher, Rickey managed the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals at the end of the deadball era before serving as vice president of the Dodgers and general manager of the Pirates. Possessed of one of the most creative minds in the game's long history, Rickey made early use of statistical ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 23rd 2007 by McFarland & Company (first published 1982)
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Justin Tischendorf
Dec 03, 2013 Justin Tischendorf rated it it was amazing
The life of the front-office mahatma who brought you the farm system, tryout camps, two great teams, and Jackie Robinson--in a reverential pop bio that overworks Rickey's deep religious fundamentalism and underplays his canniness. A Methodist farm boy from Ohio, Rickey worked his way through school as a coach and a player--until his arm gave out and he contracted TB. After flirting with the law, he went to the St. Louis Browns as second-in-command and field manager. Success came quickly; but a ...more
Dennis Hacker
Sep 08, 2013 Dennis Hacker rated it really liked it
I read this book after watching "42" to find out how Rickey reached the point of bring Jackie Robinson to the Dodgers. Rickey faced racism when he coached a black player on Ohio Wesleyan's baseball team when he himself was still a student there. Rickey's journey was complicated but consistent as he searched for a player who would star as well as handle the racist guff. It makes a good follow up read
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Feb 09, 2016 Jeff Koslowski rated it it was amazing
Like any good biography, you feel sad when the subject passes away. the author gives a strong illustration of his drive and is favorable to some people and not others (ie Walter O'Malley). A good read for any baseball fan.
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Aug 23, 2015 Mitchell Weiner rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read about a complex yet simple man. Highly recommended for those who just enjoy reading. Being a baseball fan is a plus but not a necessity.
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A man who changed the times---what dynamism!
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