EBOOK or PDF (Rickey Robinson) author Roger Kahn
Ers 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 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 uess is with the author s style I found him freuently The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories 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 wouldo 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 Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy 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 auy 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 ets 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 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
Time for Roger Kahn to shut down the old typewriter The problem is not that the book isn t interesting it is despite consistent repetition and a ood amount of rehashing old material But the name calling is excessive and just isn t a Dare Mighty Things good look since most of the people that Kahn attacks are longone 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 be handled deftly He does not pull it off here 2 Namedropping Mr Kahn constantly namedrops and mentions the places where he 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 have to believe there are better narratives written about this century changing story of Rickey Robinson This one isn t it The content of this book was incredible but he told the story out of order and jumped around a lot which made it really hard to follow If it had been linear I probably would The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife give four or five stars If this were a stand alone book I would have rated it much higher The fact is however there is very little new in this book that Mr Kahn 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 makes himself a primary character in this historical perspective of baseball s most revolutionary era The problem is it has been told before and frankly it is told several times within this book itself The writing is very repetitious and Kahn is extremely defensive in his own version of the historic signing of Robinson He suggests that his account is the only valid portrayal of the events while other journalists merely didn t care toet at the truth Still it is very entertaining and if you haven t read the other books on this topic you will be enlightened and fascinated by the machinations of some of the prominent press members of the day as well as the moral kindness of the man called Mr Rickey I found compelling the story of a minister s wife who was Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback going to publish a book about her late husband and an account of how Rickey wrestled with his conscious and with his frugality over Robinson s potential influence on the balance sheet She describes Rickey pacing back and forth in her husbands studyoffice while the latter worked Then after an hour Rickey suddenly shouts that his prayers have been answered by God and he will sign Robinson to a contract To me that is compelling evidence that Rickey s sense of morality was his primaryoal above any financial rewards in signing Robinson That was something I had never read before Dodger history is full of some amazing characters Sandy Koufax Tommy Lasorda and Roy Campanella are amazing examples Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey are probably my top characters Vin Scully is without a doubt the most revered man in Dodger history if not baseball history Unfortunately there are no definite works by Scully or about Scully so until then I continue my pursuit of Robinson and Rickey Much has been written about Robinson and Rickey throughout the decades Kahn s whimsical style of writing captures the personalities of players and owners of the era showing how baseball reflected the racism of society and vice versa While economics played a secondary role in Rickey recruiting Robinson to break the color line his hatred of racism served as his overriding motivation the book illustrates how owners conspired for decades to keep blacks from playing America s pastime at the highest level Rickey a senior citizen at the time faced universal opposition from owners and players including his own Dodgers organization Few of Kahn s fellow sports writers wanted to see integration work eitherThe book has several rabbit trails about obscure baseball people from the era Roger Kahn now 87 has fished these wat. 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
Efferson 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 Eternal Quest 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 161ames they played 40 121 Wrong They lost 120 The Widows Little Secret games not 121 Now sure if you lose 120ames what the heck is the difference if you lose 121 But this coming as the author is talking about Resurrection Year 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 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 br This book about Ricky and Robinson is mostly about the life of Branch Rickey but it is also filled with much than that The author talks about how the commissioner Landis band the Cardinals farm teams when Rickey was their General Manager saying that what he was doing was an unfair advantage Though every player was being paid The authoroes through with how Rickey built the Cardinals before he left for the Dodgers The Cardinals of course would The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department 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 he to the Dodgers he had already had the idea and put into place the workings of adding Jackie Robinson His wholeoal was to end segregation in baseball He brought with him to Brooklyn a man named Hy Turken who was a stat or numbers uy before Bill James made it famous This would help Rickey in all of his decisions when it came to ball players The author oes into the difficulties of the first few years of Robinson being with the Dodgers and he also Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, goes into how there were Jewish players that were being verbally abused by other players and by fans and those players would stand up for Jackie The authoroes into detail also how that though baseball would start being open to all races the big newspapers of New York and some other cities still did not have any African American reports in their sports section or other sections This would not change until 59 and thoroughly by 62 A Wendell Smith applied for membership in the baseball writers Association of America in 1939 and was denied Baseball would be integrated for 15 years before mainstream newspapers began to hire African American sport writers Still this author who is Jewish stated that abuse by the old time writers went on until they finally left the business or drank too much to be listen to Who find out how Rickey was forced out to leave the Dodgers before the made their World Series runs in the 50s and their only win while in Brooklyn Being forced to sell his part of the team to O Malley He then moved onto the Pirates and built that team but was Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, gone before the won in 1960 He did acuire a little unknown outfielder that the Dodgers did not protect by the name of Roberto Clemente for the Pirates along with some other players who would help them win a couple of titles Robinson of course would be forced by O Malley to retire once theyot out to LA refusing a trade to the Giants This book is filled with history from the 30s forward than any other baseball book that I have read before and what is amazing is that they are still using a lot of what Branch Rickey started back in the 30s and 40s in scouting for talent in a ball player This is a fantastic book that you do not need to be a baseball fan to enjoy I A Miracle, A Universe got this book from netalley. Ure to enerate 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.
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EBOOK or PDF (Rickey Robinson) author Roger Kahn
Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameRoger Kahn was best known for The Boys of Summer about the Brooklyn Dodgers