Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman by Lee Lowenfish

By Lee Lowenfish

He was once no longer a lot of a participant and never even more of a supervisor, yet by the point department Rickey (1881–1965) complete with baseball, he had revolutionized the sport—not only once yet thrice. during this definitive biography of Rickey—the guy sportswriters dubbed “The Brain,” “The Mahatma,” and, once in a while, “El Cheapo”—Lee Lowenfish tells the whole and colourful tale of a existence that endlessly replaced the face of America’s game.
As the mastermind at the back of the Saint Louis Cardinals from 1917 to 1942, Rickey created the farm procedure, which allowed small-market golf equipment to compete with the wealthy and strong. less than his course within the Nineteen Forties, the Brooklyn Dodgers grew to become really the 1st “America’s team.” through signing Jackie Robinson and different black gamers, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the leading edge of the civil rights circulation. Lowenfish inspires the specially American advanced of God, relatives, and baseball that proficient Rickey’s activities and his accomplishments. His publication deals an interesting, richly particular portrait of a guy whose existence is itself an important bankruptcy within the background of yankee enterprise, activity, and society.

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You go back to the team and tell Kelley I sent you,” Herrmann declared. ”37 Pleased by the owner’s support, Rickey returned to the Reds, only to find manager Kelley still adamantly opposed to his presence on the team. Though he did shine in an exhibition game victory, Rickey did not play in any games that counted in the standings. Meanwhile, word of his refusal to play on Sunday became a big story in the Lucasville newspapers. Rickey’s parents were upset that the stories in the sports pages made it seem as if their son was not playing at their request.

Rickey’s side of the story was news to Herrmann, who listened sympathetically. Like many others in authority at the beginning of young Branch Rickey’s career, Garry Herrmann could not help but be impressed by the articulate, ambitious, and genuinely religious young man. Here was a raw rookie with only a few days in the Major Leagues, Herrmann thought, and he was willing to risk dismissal for his principles. “You go back to the team and tell Kelley I sent you,” Herrmann declared. ”37 Pleased by the owner’s support, Rickey returned to the Reds, only to find manager Kelley still adamantly opposed to his presence on the team.

He scored very high on both tests but not quite well enough to receive an appointment. 15 It is also possible that a deficiency in the physical aptitude portion of the exams hurt his cause, which, of course, is ironic in that he would be a Major League Baseball player in a few years and would devote his professional life to trying to perfect the physical science of baseball. Although disappointed by his failure to enter one of the prestigious military academies, Branch Rickey vowed to make something of himself in the world of education.

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