Wednesday, May 04, 2011

"Branch Rickey" by Jimmy Breslin

Just finished reading Jimmy Breslin's short book Branch Rickey on the man who brought Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball.

I heard about the biography from the Sports Illustrated piece "The Great Integrator" and generally agree with the SI assessment of it being a solid read.

Rickey is a well-known author and newspaper columnist and the book definitely features quite a bit of the lyrical phrasing that Rickey is apparently known for. At times, it got to be a bit much for me with language used actually muddling up the story or point being made, but I do give credit to an author making an effort with his or her choice of words.

All in all, I found it to be a pretty good book that shouldn't take more than a few hours from start to finish.