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) comprehensive 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, every now and then, “El Cheapo”—Lee Lowenfish tells the entire and colourful tale of a existence that without end 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 process, which allowed small-market golf equipment to compete with the wealthy and robust. below his path within the Forties, the Brooklyn Dodgers grew to become actually the 1st “America’s team.” by way of signing Jackie Robinson and different black gamers, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the vanguard of the civil rights circulate. Lowenfish conjures up the primarily American complicated of God, kin, and baseball that educated Rickey’s activities and his accomplishments. His ebook deals an fascinating, richly distinctive portrait of a guy whose lifestyles is itself an important bankruptcy within the background of yankee company, recreation, and society. (20070901)
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I can’t help it. It was bred in me. You might almost call it a prejudice. So I won’t play Sunday ball. I made them put it in my contract that I wouldn’t have to. Instead, I go to church. I’m a member of the St. Louis ymca and, whatever city I’m in, I generally ﬁnd time to visit the local association. ” Rickey took pains to make it clear that he was speaking about only his personal preference, but he was such a mesmerizing speaker that his remarks were circulated widely and the Campus, the student newspaper at Allegheny College, reprinted them in full.
Moulton, who served for years as a Republican member of the Ohio state legislature, was blessed with a serene temperament. “He takes everything easy and does not worry about anything,” a contemporary marveled. ”14 It was expected that all the Moulton children, girls included, would go to college and marry respectably. Though the Moultons appreciated that Jane was smitten with Branch, they harbored grave doubts about whether he could support her in the manner they expected. He was an eager, affectionate young fellow, they conceded, but he hardly seemed a good marital catch.
President Bashford asked the earnest student for an explanation. “Major Andrews is not telling the truth, President,” Rickey said. “I did accept pay, but I needed that money for school. I didn’t know about the rule, but to tell the truth, Dr. ”21 “I understand, Mr. Rickey,” Bashford said quietly. However, the college president felt that since rules were rules, he had no choice but to declare Branch Rickey ineligible for the rest of his collegiate career. Bashford’s ruling was disappointing for the student-athlete, but he realized that varsity athletic participation was only a secondary reason for his coming to college.