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Rickey Robinson Summary ↠ 104 Portswriters were still known to protect players and baseball executivesThat starts first and foremost with an in depth examination of the two men chiefly responsible for making integration happen Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson Considering Robinson's exalted place in American culture as evidenced by the remarkable success of the recent biopic the book's eye opening revelations are s. I am a die hard baseball fan Roger Kahn is probably the best known Baseball writer of the last half century Yet for some reason this is the first book of his I ever read I honestly don t know why I was excited when beginning this book My dad was a Dodger fan as a child One of his first memories was of his father and older brother discussing Jackie s arrival in the majors My dad later became a Mets fan I did too I lost my dad several years back but still his stories about Ebbets Field the Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Duke Gil etcare fond memories I will always have Okay the book Baseball fans and non fans know to varying degrees some of the pure hell and hatred Jackie endured I cant even imagine what he went through What I liked about this book was Mr Kahn s different take Rather than looking at it from Jackie s POV he spent the majority of the book explaining what Branch Rickey went through I thought that was a brilliant idea a fresh perspective A new look at an old story Jackie really didn t figure prominently until maybe the las 70 pages While I knew a lot of what went on there was also much I learned I also enjoyed the way the author related segregation in Baseball to segregation in America These parts I enjoyed Myissue I guess is with the author s style I found him freuently going off on tangents that had no place For example there were many times he would write about lets say a meeting Rickey was having with a reporter regarding bringing a negro to the major leagues Then for whatever reason the author would go into the reporter s background And not just for a paragraph but for 3 4 5 pages I found this strange and read eagerly to come full circle and get back to the original story Another issue I had was that Mr Kahn kept putting himself into the book For example he would digress from a conversation to the background of a reporter for the NY Herald Then for some strange reason Mr Kahn would talk about himself He would relate stories about his time working at the paper what his duties were what he thought of his boss and even what his salary was Why is it necessary to tell the reader that when he worked for Mr So and so at whichever newspaper it was his boss would freuently send a young Roger Kahn to the corner store to buy 2 packs of Camels Who caresI want to read about Branch Rickey I want to read about Jackie Robinson I don t want to know what errands the author ran for his boss I cant EVER recall reading a biography where the author continually put himself into the story At times this went from a story about Rickey and Robinson to feeling like a memoir from a guy who covered the Brooklyn Dodgers As other reviews stated there were several instances where the author repeated the same scene word for word Also numerous times there were full reprints of newspaper articles This book was 275 pages If you take out the fluff the autobiographical stuff the reprinted articles word for word the overwhelming background of reporters this probably would have been 150 pages One of the most defining moments of this period in history is when Pee Wee Reese walked over to 2B and put his arm around Jackie Powerful stuff Legendary Stirring Yet it gets only 2 paragraphs By comparison the author spent probably 10 pages talking about NY Daily News sportswriter Dick YoungI also uestion some of the author s accuracy I m a big fan of US History I was a history minor in college I watch the news ever day probably too much so especially nowadays Yet in one part of the book Mr Kahn states that in the Declaration of Independence Jefferson wrote All men are created free and eual Franklin changed it to all men are created eual I d NEVER EVER heard that before Just now I did a uick Google search and could not find it Perhaps however I missed itHe also drops hints that Casey Stengel and Robinson s teammate Carl Furillo were racist Just like the above comment perhaps that is true But I have NEVER read that anywhere else One thing I found ironic came toward the end of the book Mr Kahn once again is digressing from Rickey and Robinson to writing about journalistic integrity He s stressing how reporters need to be accurate I agree He then goes on to state that when the Mets came into existence in the early 60s not sure why he didn t say 1962 they hired George M Weiss and Casey 2 people best known for their time with the Yankees That is correct However Mr Kahn states that the Mets in their inaugural season lost 120 of 161 games they played 40 121 Wrong They lost 120 games not 121 Now sure if you lose 120 games what the heck is the difference if you lose 121 But this coming as the author is talking about getting facts correct is what I found ironicI m rating this book a 2 A 4 for the approach of looking at this time in history from a different POV but a 1 for everything else

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Rickey Robinson Summary ↠ 104 Ure to generate controversy as well as conversation No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball history and the publication of this book Kahn's last is a true literary event In Rickey Robinson Kahn separates fact from myth to present a truthful portrait of baseball and its participants at a critical juncture in American histor. Famed sportswriter and Brooklyn Dodgers insider Roger Kahn details the events and personalities pivotal in Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball racial barrier I learned about Branch Rickey s background and desire to break the racial barrier I learned about Robinson s journey I learned about the players managers and executives on both sides of the debate Each key angle of the retelling was gripping and the enlightening Roger Kahn s perspective from this later stage in his life lends him the uniue perspective of telling the story as it happened at the time while having the legitimacy to refute the many revisionist claims Kahn s relationships with players executives and media personnel grant him private access to very personal stories This is a fascinatingly human drama about a historical moment in civil rights history

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Rickey Robinson Summary ↠ 104 In Rickey Robinson legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true unsanitized account of the integration of baseball a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate second hand reports This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce including revelatory material he'd buried in his notebooks in the 40s and 50s back when s. Roger Kahn now 87 has fished these waters before and better This is not to say that Rickey and Robinson isn t an entertaining read even if the use of untold in the subtitle is stretching a practice swing into a walk off home run There is very little here that Kahn himself hasn t told already and even if you didn t read The Boys of Summer or The Era Mr Kahn s two better books on baseball and the Dodgers when they inhabited the Borough of Brooklyn in the County of Kings in the City of New York you will recognize much of what is here from the movie 42 or other sourcesYou have the league owners meeting to voice its disapproval of integration largely for financial reasons and a long since disappeared report written by Larry MacPhail on the topic You have Rickey s courage to not fight back talk with Robinson when he offered him a contract Durocher s brilliantly profane wake the Dodger team in the middle of the night and read them the riot act over an anti Robinson petition You have the Phillies manager ordering his team to yell all kinds of racist crap at Robinson on the Dodger s first game against them and the league s action including a forced let bygones be bygones photo of Robinson and Chapman And It s a great story so no harm in telling it againThe book however is also filled with digressions some entertaining some distracting a few mean and unnecessary The digressions may also have contributed to several anecdotes being told than once in this book sometimes word for word as in the earlier telling sometimes with a little detail I don t know if Mr Kahn wrote this book or dictated it but however the unwieldiness got in a good editor might have done him the favor to tidy things up Occasionally there is a reference of the as I said earlier kind but usually there isn tKahn makes the case that Rickey despite having his own flaws was highly moral and his religious values were a prime motivator to break baseball s color line He also argues that it was Baseball Commissioner Judge Landis s death in 1944 and New York State s passing of a fair employment act that opened the door for Rickey s move to action in 1945 when he signed Robinson to a minor league contract to play for the Dodgers Montreal farm team in 1946 Kahn includes as he did in The Era the work of some contemporary sportswriters including himself and Jackie Robinson to give credit or shame as befits the piece He takes The Times boring sports reporting and slow to take up the issue of segregation in baseball to task even for a recent piece it published suggesting that the story of Reese s putting his arm around Robinson in Cincinnati may be a myth Probably should have been a note in the back of the book but old grudges die hard Taken altogetheriRickey and Robinson is a flawed re telling of one of the seminal moments in baseball history and one of the rare ones that had a larger national significance as well

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • Rickey Robinson
  • Roger Kahn
  • en
  • 12 October 2019
  • 9781623362973