RaveThe Wall Street JournalThe best way to stay away from the Rickey stories is to keep them to a minimum. Baseball is Mr. Bryant’s main focus. This is not a personality book. There are few family details, either from Rickey’s upbringing in Oakland or from his marriage. There are no detailed descriptions of any of his houses, meals, workout routines, tastes in clothes, vacations or holiday celebrations. His agents don’t talk. His non-baseball friends don’t talk. This is a baseball book, a chronicle of Rickey’s excellent work between the white lines in the biggest games in the biggest stadiums in America. Is that enough? It sure is ... The most important Rickey story of all is that, over the course of his long career, he was one of the most consistently high-performing players that baseball has ever seen.
Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian
RaveThe Wall Street Journal\"...the authors have laid out a saga that is part myth, part Shakespeare, part Jackie Collins, plus a touch of ESPN and a larger touch of the Lifetime channel ... Messrs. Benedict and Keteyian bring us along for the ride in a whirlwind of a biography that reads honest and true. The future is up to the subject of their prose.\
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalThe unpredictable adventures of this unpredictable man, highlighted by his seven world championships and 10 World Series appearances in 12 years while managing the Yankees (as well as his giddy four years at the end with the woeful Mets), are detailed in this breezy 364-page journey through eras ... The past is always baseball’s perfect prologue. Stengel’s tale, freshened by new research and solid prose from Mr. Appel, is a wonderful way to ease into the baseball season without every leaving the couch. Play ball.