Jimmy Breslin & Branch Rickey
Jimmy Breslin (born October 17, 1930) is an American journalist and author. He currently writes a column for the New York Daily News' Sunday edition. Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 – December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. He was known for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, for drafting the first Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente, for creating the framework for the modern minor league farm system, for encouraging the Major Leagues to add new teams through his involvement in the proposed Continental League, and for introducing the batting helmet. /5
Jimmy Breslin took this on in his biography of Branch Rickey. Lots of contempt for sports media too.
Jimmy Breslin perfectly summed up the organization on page 91 of his book on Branch Rickey. Not much has changed,
“Pointing to the mutual envy of businessmen and politicians who are often out of their field in each other's area,, the author quotes the wisdom, "A wise shoemaker sticks to his trade and maintains a mouthful of nails.” ― Jimmy Breslin, Branch Rickey
Happily listening to Jimmy Breslin's biography of Branch Rickey, and thinking of our own Battling Bishop.wherever he is.
finished Branch Rickey: A Life (PENGUIN LIVES) by Jimmy Breslin and gave it 3 stars
Recommended reading: Jimmy Breslin's pithy little bio of Branch Rickey, who signed Jackie Robinson, shaking up baseball and America.
It's the birthday of Jimmy Breslin (books by this author), born in Jamaica, New York (1930). He wrote The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1969) and The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutiérrez (2002). His latest book is Branch Rickey (2011), about Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey and his efforts to integrate baseball in the '40s by introducing Jackie Robinson to the major leagues. The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist says working in newsrooms is quiet nowadays — no one smokes or drinks. He says that writers used to go to the bar and listen to the old-timers tell stories, but now "they all go to health clubs and then go home. They're in fantastic health, but they wish they were in the bar, and their wives wish they were in the bar, too."
One thing confirmed by my - Jimmy Breslin can fu**ing write. I am not a fast reader but will finish "Branch Rickey" this wknd.
April has always been a baseball month for me. My are Jimmy Breslin's "Branch Rickey" & Josh Wilker's "Cardboard Gods"
"Branch Rickey" by Jimmy Breslin will be previewed this weekend on the book report
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