21 апреля 2009 | Автор: Admin | Рубрика: Художественные книги » Мемуары. Биографии | Комментариев: 0
Lee Lowenfish, "Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman"
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press | 2007 | ISBN 0803211031 | PDF | 688 pages | 2.06 MB
He was not much of a player and not much more of a manager, but by the time Branch Rickey (1881a^€“1965) finished with baseball, he had revolutionized the sporta^€”not just once but three times. In this definitive biography of Rickeya^€”the man sportswriters dubbed a^€oeThe Brain,a^€ a^€oeThe Mahatma,a^€ and, on occasion, a^€oeEl Cheapoa^€a^€”Lee Lowenfish tells the full and colorful story of a life that forever changed the face of Americaa^€™s game.
As the mastermind behind the Saint Louis Cardinals from 1917 to 1942, Rickey created the farm system, which allowed small-market clubs to compete with the rich and powerful. Under his direction in the 1940s, the Brooklyn Dodgers became truly the first a^€oeAmericaa^€™s team.a^€ By signing Jackie Robinson and other black players, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the forefront of the civil rights movement. Lowenfish evokes the peculiarly American complex of God, family, and baseball that informed Rickeya^€™s actions and his accomplishments. His book offers an intriguing, richly detailed portrait of a man whose life is itself a crucial chapter in the history of American business, sport, and society.
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