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Rickey Robinson

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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 The Kafka of 238th Street have been 150 pages One of the most defining moments of this period inistory is when Pee Wee Reese walked over to 2B and put The Letters to the Thessalonians 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 aistory 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 the Declaration Independence Jefferson wrote All men are created free eual Franklin changed it to all men are created eual I d NEVER EVER eard that before Just now I did a uick Google search and could not find it Perhaps owever I missed itHe also drops Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, hints that Casey Stengel and Robinson s teammate Carl Furillo were racist Just like the above comment perhaps that is true But Iave 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 Ivory (The Ivory Saga 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 whye didn t say 1962 they Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, 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 theeck 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 The Temple of Death history from a different POV but a 1 for everything else If this were a stand alone book I wouldave rated it much Venus Blueprint higher The fact isowever there is very little new in this book that Mr Kahn Shame On Her Volume 3 hasn t previously provided in The Boys of Summer or The Era 1947 1957Or for that matter in Charles Einstein s wonderful work Willies Times It is a very interesting story and Kahn makesimself a primary character in this Bisk CPA Review historical perspective of baseball s most revolutionary era The problem is itas been told before and frankly it is told several times within this book itself The writ. Ure to generate controversy as well as conversation No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball A Crazy Kind of Love 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 Americanistor. ,

On t know why I was excited when beginning this book My dad was a Dodger fan as a child One of The Medieval Forest his first memories was ofis 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 The Road Beyond Ruin his stories about Ebbets Field the Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Duke Gil etcare fond memories I will alwaysave Okay the book Baseball fans and non fans know to varying degrees some of the pure Backlash hell andatred Jackie endured I cant even imagine what e went through What I liked about this book was Mr Kahn s Different Take Rather Than Looking take Rather than looking it from Jackie s POV e 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 Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, him freuently going off on tangents thatad no place For example there were many times In Defense of Food he would write about lets say a meeting Rickey wasaving 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 ad was that Mr Kahn kept putting imself into the book For example e would digress from a conversation to the background of a Reporter For The NY for the NY Then for some strange reason Mr Kahn would talk about imself He would relate stories about The Color of Water his time working at the paper whatis duties were what e thought of is boss and even what Cake Pops his salary was Why is it necessary to tell the reader that whene worked for Mr So and so at whichever newspaper it was Brave New World 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 foris boss I cant EVER recall reading a biography where the author continually put The Name of the Rose 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. 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 integrationappen 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 This book about Ricky and Robinson is mostly about life of Branch Rickey But It Rickey but also filled with much than that The author talks about ow the commissioner Landis band the Cardinals farm teams when Rickey was their General Manager saying that what e was doing was an unfair advantage Though every player was being paid The author goes through with Memories of My Melancholy Whores how Rickey built the Cardinals beforee left for the Dodgers The Cardinals of course would go to the World Series in the 40s and win some of them also all the while with the players that Rickey put together When Pakistan he to the Dodgerse Pitch Dark had alreadyad the idea and put into place the workings of adding Jackie Robinson His whole goal was to end segregation in baseball He brought with Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear him to Brooklyn a man named Hy Turken who was a stat or num Kahn s whimsical style of writing captures the personalities of players and owners of the era showingow baseball reflected the racism of society and vice versa While economics played a secondary role in Rickey recruiting Robinson to break the color line is atred of racism served as is overriding motivation the Book Illustrates How Owners Conspired illustrates ow owners conspired decades to keep blacks from playing America s pastime at the Deadly Slumber - Demon Tales highest level Rickey a senior citizen at the time faced universal opposition from owners and players includingis own Dodgers organization Few of Kahn s fellow sports writers wanted to see integration work eitherThe book Atomic Ghost has several rabbit trails about obscure baseball people from the era In the beginning I was intrigued by Mr Kahn s straightforward writing style and insider knowledge of the story of Rickey Robinson And while there were some insights shared throughout the book it suffered from two main weaknesses in my opinion1 Confusing chronology Kahn repeats stories multiple times and tells them using slightly different details each time He also doesn t follow the arc of the chronological timeline While that can work in a narrator s favor it must beandled deftly He does not pull it off Lightning Strike Twice here 2 Namedropping Mr Kahn constantly namedrops and mentions the places wheree met different people related to this story It doesn t add any cache to the narrative for me it smacked on namedropping and placedropping if that s a word pure and simple I The Purple Island have to believe there are better narratives written about this century changing story of Rickey Robinson This one isn t it I am a dieard baseball fan Roger Kahn is probably the best known Baseball writer of the last The Last Odd Day half century Yet for some reason this is the first book ofis I ever read I Lord Lightning (Astrology, honestly In Rickey Robinson legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true unsanitized account of the integration of baseball a story that for decadesas relied on inaccurate second Wildwing hand reports This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce including revelatory materiale'd buried in Londons Perfect Scoundrel his notebooks in the 40s and 50s back when

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