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Branch Rickey: A Biography
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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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
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