NMAHMAI copy Purchased from the NMAH Library Endowment.
"Adventure ... all adventure" -- Contradictions -- Civil wrongs -- Coming to Brooklyn -- The battle lines of the republic -- The original big Red Machine -- A meeting for the ages -- Show the bums the door -- The power of the prose -- Branch and Mr. Robinson -- North of the border -- It happened in Brooklyn -- Recessional -- Afterword : Grand larceny -- Chronological list of steals of home by Jackie Robinson -- The pioneers
"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 secondhand 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 sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives. That 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 sure 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 history"-- Provided by publisher.