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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

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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 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

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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 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 Together they changed the world Robinson obviously never had it made and he endured the worst but without Rickey there would be no 42 I am not too sure how much I could learn about these two Robinson is always portrayed as a gentle yet mostly restrained fighter and hero Rickey is given a complicated personality At times Rickey is portrayed as a saint that fights the good fight of integration Other times he is portrayed as an opportunistic businessman that sees integration as an easy way to get talented ballplayers at a cheaper price while drumming up ticket sales I like to compare Rickey to President Lincoln who is often depicted as being either indifferent to slavery or a staunch abolitionist The truth can be messy Roger Kahn known for the work Boys of Summer which at the time of this review I have not read here writes the so called untold story of baseball integration titled Rickey Robinson Given the title I was expecting an in depth look at the relationship between these two titans in baseball history I know Rickey and Robinson had a great respect for each other even though they did not see eye to eye on many things So I was uite surprised when I was over a hundred pages into the book and Rickey and Robinson had yet to be in the same room Granted there is a stage that needs to be set the American landscape looked a lot different in the 1930 s and 40 s but this means over the half the book does not include our two main characters The book is still interesting There is not a lot of different information here just a different perspective It is fun to read a lot of first hand accounts between Kahn and the Dodgers This book is not a just a history book but the personal interactions between the author and these legendary figures I think this book should be called Sportswriting in Brooklyn the untold stories of integration in baseball


10 thoughts on “Rickey Robinson

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    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 revolutionar

  3. says:

    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 good amount of rehashing old material But the name calling is excessive and just isn't a good look since most of the people that Kahn attacks are long gone

  4. says:

    I am a die hard baseball fan Roger Kahn is probably the best known Baseball writer of the last half century Yet for some re

  5. says:

    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 a

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 ex

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 author goes through with how Rickey built the Cardinals before he left for the Dodgers The Cardinals