Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
"Breslin's gift for easy-to-read yet hard-hitting prose will touch even those who aren't baseball fans." ---Publishers Weekly
"Dick Hill delivers a gritty, enthusiastic account.…Breslin culls the important nuggets from Rickey's life, and Hill shapes them. Together they craft the story of one of baseball's vanguards." ---AudioFile
A grand-slam combination: an iconic bestselling author remembers the man who integrated baseball.
About the Author
Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin is the the author of multiple bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The Good Rat, The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez, and Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.