Remembering Jimmy Breslin

Posted by: yetheart, March 20, 2017 3:14 pm
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Jimmy Breslin

Legendary newspaper columnist, author, and lifetime New Yorker Jimmy Breslin passed away this weekend on March 19 at the age of 88.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, Breslin had a storied, 50-year career which included stints at the New York Herald Tribune, the Daily News, the New York Journal American, Newsday, and others. As a George Polk and Pulitzer Prize award-winning journalist, Breslin was one of the brash, blue-collar fathers of “New Journalism,” bringing literary and storytelling techniques to reporting the news of the day.

Breslin’s numerous books include Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?, which detailed the 1962 New York Mets season; his crime satire The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight; The Church that Forgot Christ; his Mafia chronicle The Good Rat; and his final book, a biography of Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey that inspired Harrison Ford’s portrayal in the movie 42.

We were honored when Jimmy Breslin, a native son of Queens, visited Jackson Heights Community Library to discuss his life and work in 2008. Like all New Yorkers, we will remember his contributions to the unique tapestry of our city.