Jack Roosevelt Robinson, his landmark contribution to baseball and his legacy, is legend to every sports fan and civil rights historian. But there's something about a well-made film, even a very conventional one, that makes a profound impact, even if it simplifies, as any two-hour film must, the complexity of the man and the events.
The one-man show, "Winning History - The Branch Rickey Story," is an entertaining evening of theater, and a nice reminder that spring training is just around the corner. As a baseball fan myself, I was predisposed to like the subject matter, and author/actor Ralph Kalish does a nice job of interweaving personal anecdote with historical fact.
Branch Rickey was a colorful, stubborn, dedicated man who lived baseball to the point of obsession and is credited with single handedly integrating the game. With a story like that you would expect a two hour performance of Rickey's years in baseball to fly by. That's what I expected. I was wrong.