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Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin
Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin

Branch Rickey Jimmy Breslin Viking/Penguin Lives: 148 pp., $19.95 "I had a problem for a writer," Jimmy Breslin tells us in the prologue to "Branch Rickey," his impressionistic portrait of baseball's great emancipator, the man responsible for bringing Jackie Robinson to the major leagues. "The rule I followed from my first day as a copyboy in the sports departments was that you couldn't write about a game unless you went to see it. … The trouble is, I spoke to Branch Rickey only once in my whole life." Here, in a nutshell, we see both the charm and the drawback of "Branch Rickey," a thin book padded in places with digressions and...

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