- Title: Branch Rickey
- Author: Jimmy Breslin
- ISBN: 9780670022496
- Page: 349
- Format: Hardcover
The book that inspired Harrison Ford in his portrayal of Branch Rickey in the hit movie 42 The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the sport and the nation forever RickeThe book that inspired Harrison Ford in his portrayal of Branch Rickey in the hit movie 42 The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the sport and the nation forever Rickey s is the classic American tale of a poor boy from Ohio whose deep seated faith and dogged work ethic took him to the pinnacle of success, earning him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame and in history Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Jimmy Breslin is a legend in his own right In his inimitable anecdotal style, he provides a lively portrait of Rickey and his times, including such colorful characters as Dodgers owner George V McLaughlin dubbed George the Fifth for his love of Scotch diamond greats Leo Durocher, George Sisler, and Dizzy Dean and Robinson himself, a man whose remarkable talent was equaled only by his resilience in the face of intolerance Breslin brings to life the heady days when baseball emerged as the national pastime in this inspiring biography of 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.
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Branch Rickey by Jimmy Breslin 147 pages★ (the rarely seen one star from me)Brach Rickey is best known for being the first man to break the color-barrier in Major League Baseball by signing Jackie Robinson to the Dodgers. But besides that, he was the innovator of introducing many things that are still used within the sport today such as batting helmets, batting cages, sabermetrics, and “farming” aka minor league baseball teams (note: do not be confused that he was the inventor of these thi [...]
Should I give this book 3 or 4 stars? Since I am a baseball fan, let's go around the horn on this one. Jimmy Breslin brings us back to the day s of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, a Methodist, who really broke the colored line in baseball.Without Rickey no Robinson. No integrated baseball. Written in journalistic Breslin style tough Jamaica, NY boy talk this book is not only a book about baseball it is about life. Our American culture which includes the national pastime.For a man that did not [...]
I think I possess a slightly above average knowledge on most things baseball. I'm aware of the vast influence Branch Rickey made on baseball. He literally changed the game. Jackie Robinson, the farm system, and, personally, his influence on my home team- the St. Louis Cardinals- winning us several pennants.Rickey is a key to why and how the game is played today. The book took some odd turns. The author was alright. If anything, this book encouraged me to learn and read more about Rickey. Overall [...]
A masterful book by Breslin about the man who brought Jackie Robinson into the major leagues. Rickey did this because he thought it was right and because he wanted to win games. Breslin's style is unique making this short book a pleasure to read.
Disappointing. There wasn't much in the book that I didn't already know. I didn't care for the writing style either.
I expected so much more and I didn't like the writing style.
Branch Rickey was the general manager who brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, motivated by Christian ideals (and the realization that there was a lot of untapped black athletic talent). Jimmy Breslin was a tabloid columnist; his best stories (like the one about JFK's grave) are beautifully realized scenes full of rich dialogue that make you feel like you are in the moment.Writing a biography, then, is not Breslin's milieu. That said, Rickey was a character worth writing (and reading [...]
The subject matter was enjoyable enough, but I found the writing style very annoying and it felt like the author couldn't get out of the way and just tell a story. The name of this short book is a perfect example of what I didn't like "Branch Rickey: A Life" While Branch Rickey may be a central character, it is hardly a life story. At most it provides minimal depth into his decision to integrate baseball. Other than the fact that he like drinking, I feel like I know nothing more about Branch Ric [...]
Terrific short biography of Branch Rickey, the General Manager and partial owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who forever changed baseball by signing Jackie Robinson. And that's not all he did Both a major league player and very successful Manager and GM in St Louis (Browns + Cardinals), Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, he was an innovator. For example he is credited with developing the 'farm system' now used by every major league team.But the story, told in Breslin's stylized way, is really about Rickey's s [...]
I never knew about Rickey's incredible eye for baseball talent. He could have a wing of the hall of fame just for his players. Jackie Robinson, who I believe was the best player as well as the best man to ever enter the baseball diamond, understandably is the brightest star in constellation created by Branch Rickey, but it also included Dizzy Dean, Roy Campanella, and Roberto Clemente to name a few. Many of the men Mr. Rickey put on the field shown as brightly off the field for their care and co [...]
If you are looking for a detailed, unbiased book on the life of Branch Ricky, you'd better look elsewhere. This is a Jimmy Breslin book, which means you are going to get a lot of tangential stuff; some of it personal and some of it only tenuously connected to Ricky. Personally, I love this style of writing which is much more fun to read than some dry recounting of events, but whether you will like it depends on your expectations.The great point this book makes is that attitudes have to change be [...]
This book moves really quickly as the author tells the story of not only Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson but a whole host of characters from that era. The story moves very much like one would expect of an old-time sports reporterhe gets to the point of the matter while making sure to touch on side notes of this or that additional moment from well before 1947 or well after it.While I can't say that I am a fan of sports writers in general, as they tend to sell their view instead of reporting the [...]
Could be retitled "Branch Rickey Breaks the Color Line". A majority of this short book is on Rickey's moral sense and his actions to break the color line in baseball. This isn't the typical baseball book -- there were way fewer baseball anecdotes. This was in part due to the shortness of the book, and in part due to the focus. Large sections of the book were about Jackie Robinson and others, so even Rickey didn't have the staring role throughout. I enjoyed the baseball and history of the story, [...]
Rated this book down as it spent more time focusing on Jackie Robinson than Branch Rickey. After getting done with the Stan Musial book I wanted to learn more about Branch Rickey. While this book does give a little insight into his background, it jumped around and was confusing at times. At times it told the story that was told in the movie 42. Based on the Stan Musial book, there was a lot of successes and failures of Branch Rickey in St. Louis and the books spends little time focusing on his t [...]
This is a delightfully funny, wry look at a remarkable man. Branch Rickey was responsible for integrating major league baseball in the US. He is the man that signed Jackie Robinson to play for the Dodgers in 1947, and who supported and encouraged Mr. Robinson through that extraordinary time. Breslin, in this short biography, reveals a man who decided he had a goal, and who did whatever it took to make it happen: he spoke to owners, commissioners, politicians, players, and never once let the word [...]
Breslin brings a new perspective on Jackie Robinson in this book. Jackie was no saint prior to being taken under the wing of Rickey. Rickey, according to Breslin, had to work with Jackie on a consistent basis to teach him how to react to the racism he would soon encounter in baseball. Breslin also explain the politics involved in Brooklyn, and in baseball that Rickey encountered just to get an opportunity to break the color barrier. The book is a quick read and sheds light on the motivation of B [...]
A breezy book about Branch Rickey. Written by the well-known New York journalist, Jimmy Breslin,Branch Rickey entertains but as if in a crowded bar. Breslin informally tells his story but jumps around, gets distracted, and constructs sentences reflecting one drink too many.Happy hour doesn't last long, the book is short and sweet: 146 pages. I enjoyed "listening" to Breslin's writing style. Fortunately, he follows a basic chronology and drops gems during the telling, so one must pay attention.
I was excited to read this; baseball is the best game ever, and the story of Branch Rickey has always fascinated me. I understand that any story of Rickey is woefully incomplete without discussing Jackie Robinson - they're like peanut butter & jelly. But this story is so disjointed and poorly written, and contains so little new material, that it's truly hard to believe it was written by a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Never been a big Jimmy Breslin fan, but I'm a huge Branch Rickey fan. This disjointed book was very confusing. Breslin jumps between topics, sometimes doing an entire chapter that doesn't even mention Rickey. Right at the start, Breslin explains he doesn't like to write about people unless he actually talks to them or at the very least to people who knew them well. He does neither with this book, so it is very unsatisfying.
What began as a great, short exploration of Branch Rickey devolved by the end into a rambling account of things associated with Rickey but not Rickey. The last half became emotive, and wrapped up in Breslin's personal stories, which confused me and left me unsatisfied. On a good note, the incident with soldier Jackie Robinson on the bus (for which he was almost court martialed) is clearly and colorfully explained.
Reading Jimmy Breslin's short biography of Branch Rickey, the man behind bringing Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball, is kind of like listening to a charming old drunk guy at a family party. He has a good story to tell about the good old days. Of course, you don't always know how each part fits into the next. But doesn't matter because he's keeping you entertained enough that you want to grab him another beer from the cooler and keep him talking.
This is a beautiful biography, though biography is not quite the right word. Essentially Breslin meditates on the subject of Rickey, baseball, the color barrier, and other things, all within the context of Rickey's life. It's short, and fascinating. I picked it up in a bookstore and read the first page with little intention to read more, and ended up buying the book and finishing it, all in the middle of one very busy day.
This was a very interesting biography of Branch Rickey. I found it interesting that the author chose to use the parallel of the integration of baseball with the election of the first black president, since Barack Obama stands for everything that Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson despised in their political leanings.
Breslin has a way with telling a story "his way", whether you like it or not. I mostly liked it. He assumes you know certain details as public knowledge which can leave younger readers who have a loose grip on historical facts, in the dark. His style is gritty, and that of an aged wise sportswriter telling stories to you. Mostly a good read.
Branch Rickey was a force! The book is inspirational (not the same as perfect) and short. He is most famous for breaking the color barrier in MLB with Jackie Robinson. That would have been great accomplishment for ordinary folk. But he did so much more. It's in the book as they say. (By the way, I am a die-hard Brooklyn Dodger fan.)
Man, white people love to self-congratulate. Branch Rickey is important to baseball for dozens of reasons. But the author misses several chances to really critique the intersections of race, politics, and sport in favor of blowing Rickey's trumpet. The book was readable really through the strength of writing alone. As a historical account, it was rubbish.
I was looking to find out more about who Branch Rickey was, but most of this book was about the people around him (Jackie Robinson) and the author's morals. I did get some value out of this book, but there were times I considered returning it to the library early. I'm being generous with three stars.
I enjoyed the style of writing in this book, my first non-fiction in a while. If you're interested in baseball at all, it's a fun quick read. Nothing too ground-breaking, but it was an easy page-turner about an important event in US History. Checked it out from the Listen Alaska e-book library, my first attempt at such. Worked great.
I think, in his old age, Jimmy Breslin has become a caricature of himself. His short book about Branch Rickey, the Yankees manager who integrated major league baseball by signing Jackie Robinson, was so full of hectic patter I didn' know any more about the subject after reading it than I did before.
For a dilettante like me who likes to study baseball among many other interests, this was the perfect book. It was short, and the author does an effective job of picking and painting seems that are applicable outside of the original context. It reminds me of a longer, and less interesting book I read on adaptive leadership. Branch Rickey could have taught that to a modern audience.
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