Branch Rickey and the Gospel of Baseball

Righting the Story of America’s Pastime

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About the Book

A teacher and a lawyer before he was a player and a manager, Branch Rickey is best known for his pivotal role in breaking baseball’s color line by signing Jackie Robinson to a Major League contract. Known as “the Mahatma,” Rickey became one of the most influential sports figures of the 20th century by revolutionizing the minor league farm system and encouraging social justice reform on a national scale. This full-length biography chronicles the remarkable six-decade career of the Hall of Famer who transformed baseball and opened opportunities for black and Hispanic players.

About the Author(s)

James E. Dillard is a retired intelligence officer and Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Air Force, the CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency. Now a writer living in Columbia, Maryland, he has an extensive background in university teaching in the fields of history, political science, and international relations.

Bibliographic Details

James E. Dillard
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8973-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4718-0
Imprint: McFarland