Over the course of fifty years in the mid-twentieth century, Fred “Dixie” Walker lived several baseball lives. Dubbed the successor to Babe Ruth after his impressive major league debut in 1931, Walker went from sure-fire prospect to injury-plagued underachiever, to Brooklyn hero, to persona non grata because of his complicated relationship with Jackie Robinson, and finally to redeemed, well-respec...
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Dixie Walker's life in baseball is certainly worthy of a biography and thankfully author Lyle Spatz has provided us with a creditable one. Dixie modeled the uniforms of the Yankees, White Sox, Tigers, Dodgers, and Pirates but it was his nine seasons...
eague manager and major league batting coach. The only player to have been a teammate of both Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, Walker is remembered too often for the charge that he tried to keep Robinson from joining the Dodgers. This illuminating biography covers Walker’s rollercoaster career, revealing him to be a gentle man, a fiery competitor, and one of the most colorful characters of baseball’s most memorable era.