Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman

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U of Nebraska Press, 2009 - 683 pagine
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, colorful story of a life that forever changed the face of America?s game.
From 1917 to 1942, Rickey was the mastermind behind the Saint Louis Cardinals who enabled small-market clubs to compete with the rich and powerful by creating the farm system . Under his direction in the 1940s, the Brooklyn Dodgers became the first true ?America?s team.? By signing Jackie Robinson and other black players, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the forefront of the civil rights movement. Lowenfish evokes the peculiarly American complex of God, family, and baseball that informed Rickey?s actions and his accomplishments. His book offers an intriguing, richly detailed portrait of a man whose life is itself a crucial chapter in the history of American business, sport, and society.
 

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The Making of a Baseball Brain 18991918
11
From Catcher to Coach
38
Branch Rickey and the St Louis Browns
61
War Overshadows Everything
88
The St Louis Prime of Branch Rickey 19191942
107
Years of Contention and Frustration
129
That Championship Season
155
The Neardynastic Years and a Place in Whos Who
176
An Historic Meeting in Brooklyn
371
Prelude to a Pennant
385
When All Hell Almost Broke Loose
407
When Most of Heaven Rejoiced
427
A Year of Disappointment Odd Choices and an Adieu to Leo
446
A Branch Bends in Brooklyn
464
A Branch Is Chopped in Brooklyn
482
My Greatest Thrill in Baseball Hasnt Happened Yet
503

Another Championship Season and Then Decline
203
1o Prelude to the Gashouse Gang
224
The Triumph of the Gashouse Gang
239
More Years of Loss and Farewells to Dizzy Dean and Charley Barrett
284
Going Out on Top
300
The Birth of the Mahatma 19431950
321
The Secret Path to the Young Man from the West
350
Mr Rickey Prepares to Do the Continental
533
The Continental Dance Card Goes Blank
557
Meet Me in St Louis Final Chorus
580
Notes
599
Bibliography
643
Copyright

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Lee Lowenfish, a jazz and baseball journalist and historian of American culture, teaches sport history in Columbia University?s graduate Sports Management program in New York City. He is the author of The Imperfect Diamond: A History of Baseball?s Labor Wars, and he collaborated on Tom Seaver?s The Art of Pitching.

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