By Jimmy Breslin
A bestselling writer recollects the fellow who built-in baseball.
the assumption of integrating baseball begun as a dream within the brain of department Rickey. In 1947, as president and normal supervisor of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism off and on the sphere to carry Jackie Robinson into the foremost leagues, altering the game and the country perpetually. Rickey's is the vintage American story of a negative boy from Ohio whose deep-seated religion and dogged paintings ethic took him to the top of luck, incomes him a spot within the Baseball corridor of status and in history.
Bestselling writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jimmy Breslin is a legend in his personal correct. In his inimitable anecdotal sort, he presents a full of life portrait of Rickey and his occasions, together with such colourful characters as Dodgers' proprietor 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 guy whose extraordinary expertise used to be equaled in simple terms by means of his resilience within the face of intolerance. Breslin brings to existence the heady days while baseball emerged because the nationwide hobby during this inspiring biography of a very good American who remade a sport-and dreamed of remaking a country
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Limited resources forced black newspapers to rely on press releases, box scores, and other information submitted by the teams, which were inconsistent at best in making the information available, particularly when on the road or after losses. Those organizations more opportunistic in feeding the newspapers, like Foster’s Giants, not surprisingly enjoyed the most coverage. Following the 1917 season, for example, the managing editor of the Philadelphia Tribune, G. ”28 Like Leland, Foster, and Taylor, Hilldale owner Ed Bolden was among his community’s more active advocates.
Foster’s profile and the Giants’ success on the field landed the team on the front pages with regularity. Rube Foster had “the confidence and respect of the press and fans. . No man in baseball has more influence,” according to Cary B. 20 After Foster’s death in 1930, Young assumed the role of chief protector of his memory and legacy, comparing all future baseball luminaries to Foster, or, more accurately, to Foster’s legacy as Young remembered it. Foster turned also to the Freeman for support, and invariably he got it.
The Courier was founded in 1910 by a group of businessmen led by Robert L. Vann. After overtaking the Defender in readership by the late 1930s, the Courier remained at the top through the 1950s. In 1947, for example, the Courier was a $2 million business with a circulation estimated at 330,000. 89 The late 1930s and 1940s represented the heyday not only for the Courier, but for black newspapers in general. Circulation figures peaked, advertising revenues flowed as black businesses proliferated, and several important publications printed their first issues.