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Rickey and Robinson

The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Barrier

By Harvey Frommer, Monte Irvin (Foreword by)

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Format: Paperback, 264 pages
Other Information: 14 black & white halftones, 4 tables
Published In: United States, 01 April 2015
Blending exclusive rare interviews with Rachel Robinson (Jackie's widow), Mack Robinson (Jackie's brother), Hall of Famers Monte Irvin, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Ralph Kiner, and others, celebrated author Harvey Frommer evokes the lives of general manager Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson by describing how they worked together to shatter baseball's color line. Rickey and Robinson is a dual biography tracing the convergence of the lives of two of baseball's most influential individuals in a marker moment in sports and cultural history.

About the Author

Harvey Frommer is a noted sports author and oral historian. He has written more than forty-two sports books, including Remembering Yankee Stadium and Remembering Fenway Park, and was coauthor of the autobiographies of Red Holzman, Nolan Ryan, and Tony Dorsett. Cited in the Congressional Record and by the New York State Legislature as a sports historian and journalist, Dr. Frommer is a professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire, with his wife, Myrna.


Just a terrific book. It fills in so many of the blanks about the story of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. It's like a history lesson. And the intro by Monte Irvin puts it over the top... Highly recommended. -- Billy Sample, host, Major League Baseball Radio A vivid account of the two as genuine American heroes. The Instrumentalist I've read more than a dozen books on the Rickey/Robinson tandem and I must say that Frommer's is the best structured. He brings Robinson's persona alive, proving why he was the first black man selected to break the racial barrier. -- Art Rust Jr. Black Issues Book Review One of the best ... brutally honest with no punches pulled. Amsterdam News A fine and sympathetic biography. Library Journal A celebration, a nostalgic account. EBONY An unusual and deeply moving book. Publishers Weekly Frommer's analysis of Rickey's motives sets this book apart... [Rickey and Robinson] raises all the right questions in interesting ways. Booklist Thorough research, a vivid account. Chicago Tribune Pleasant, upbeat look at this unusual pair. Kirkus Interesting and exciting book. Jersey Journal Mr. Harvey Frommer, a friend of the NLBPA, has published another great book ...

EAN: 9781630760021
ISBN: 1630760021
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.5 x 1.9 centimetres (0.51 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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