By Lee Lowenfish
He used to be 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 3 times. during this definitive biography of Rickey—the guy sportswriters dubbed “The Brain,” “The Mahatma,” and, from time to time, “El Cheapo”—Lee Lowenfish tells the complete and colourful tale of a existence that endlessly replaced the face of America’s game. As the mastermind in 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 robust. less than his course within the Forties, the Brooklyn Dodgers turned actually the 1st “America’s team.” via signing Jackie Robinson and different black gamers, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the vanguard of the civil rights stream. Lowenfish conjures up the chiefly American complicated of God, kin, and baseball that trained Rickey’s activities and his accomplishments. His ebook bargains an interesting, richly unique portrait of a guy whose lifestyles is itself a very important bankruptcy within the historical past of yank company, game, and society. (20070901)
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Entering a game in which the team was trailing Connie Mack’s powerful Philadelphia Athletics, 8–1, Rickey handled Browns spitball pitcher Cy Morgan with ease and the A’s scored no more runs in the game. Rickey was less impressive on offense. His ﬁrst Major League at-bat came against George Edward “Rube” Waddell, the talented if eccentric Athletics southpaw, and he struck out on three pitches against the future Hall of Famer. 52 The glow from Rickey’s ﬁrst Major League competition quickly faded when he learned after the game that his mother had taken ill in Lucasville.
He called no more chapel rallies, gave out no newspaper interviews and . . 59 The tension between the amateur ideal of Victorian sportsmanship and the harsh reality of impoverished athletes was acutely felt by Branch Rickey throughout his life. After all, he had lost his college eligibility when he admitted to accepting money to play baseball, and he said that he would have done it again because he needed the money. How to reconcile the demands of commerce with the ideals of pure competition was a conundrum that would both plague and stimulate Branch Rickey’s restless, fertile mind for the rest of his life.
The newspaper reported: “Mr. Rickey had taken unto himself a wife, . . ” They were expected back in St. ”66 The newlyweds weren’t going to enjoy a long honeymoon, but they were in love and devoted to each other. However, as Jane Moulton Rickey would ﬁnd out if she didn’t realize already, her marriage would be interrupted by the baseball season. ” Branch Rickey yelled to the young pitcher throwing to him in the Ohio Wesleyan ﬁeld house. It was early in the new year of 1907, and the enthusiastic young baseball coach was helping his young team get into shape.