Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman
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Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman

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He was not much of a player and not much more of a manager, but by the time Branch Rickey (1881–1965) finished with baseball, he had revolutionized the sport—not just once but three times. In this definitive biography of Rickey—the man sportswriters dubbed “The Brain,” “The Mahatma,” and, on occasion, “El Cheapo”—Lee Lowenfish tells the full and colorful story of a life th...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by University of Nebraska Press
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Aug 02, 2007 Peter rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: diehard baseball historians only
It's a good thing when a biographer comes to like his subject. But as this book shows, it's not so good when a biographer becomes so enraptured with his subject that he starts constantly referring to him as the "paterfamilias" and repeating endless tedious stories about him playing with his grandchildren. It's all the more of a shame because Rickey is a fascinating subject with outsized faults and virtues. But far too much of the time Lowenfish tells only one side. At least he does a very solid...more
On the positive side, it was informative and in-depth.

On the negative side, it could have used an editor. There were a lot of errors, both factual and contextual in this book. Furthermore, I believe the book might have been half the size if the author had stopped incessantly referring to Rickey as "the ferocious gentleman." All in all, it was a tedious and frustrating read.
Larry Schwartz
640 pages! good lord! i mean, it's interesting and i'm enjoying it, but it's keeping me from the other 30 books i'd like to get to before school starts.

so -- now I'm finished, and smarter than when I started it. it was a slog, but it was a fruitful slog. i think that i like walter o'malley even less now.
Gail Multop
This is a great read for baseball fans who are interested in the history of the game. Branch Rickey was a man who did what God put him on earth to do--invent the farm system and integrate Major League Baseball. He succeeded admirably.
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