Branch Rickey's Little Blue Book: Wit and Strategy from Baseball's Last Wise Man

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9780028604008: Branch Rickey's Little Blue Book: Wit and Strategy from Baseball's Last Wise Man

Baseball's only true Renaissance man, Rickey, in his 84 years, was a teacher, lawyer, combat military officer in World War I, professional baseball player, manager, and owner--to name a few of his occupations. Culled from his writings, letters, scouting reports, and lectures, this book portrays his incredible understanding of the game.

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One of baseball's real gentlemen and perhaps its only true revolutionary, Branch Rickey, as president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, made it his mission to change the game--and with it America--by obliterating the color line in 1947. As it took an extraordinary man of will in Jackie Robinson to bear the on-the-field brunt of Rickey's daring, it took a man of equal resolve and courage to conceive and implement the plan in the first place. Rickey, creator as well of baseball's farm system, left a giant and enduring legacy. This slim volume of epigrams and observations--on character, attitude, and baseball itself--compiled from his letters, notes, and personal papers is a treasure trove of good sense, keen insight, and, indeed, some genuine inspiration, a true reflection of the singular man who penned them.

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