Branch Rickey biography

Branch Rickey

Baseball Player

1881 – 1965

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Who was Branch Rickey?

Wesley Branch Rickey was an innovative Major League Baseball executive elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. He was perhaps best known for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, for drafting the first Afro-Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente, for creating the framework for the modern minor league farm system, for encouraging the Major Leagues to add new teams through his involvement in the proposed Continental League, and for introducing the batting helmet.

Rickey played in MLB for the St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders from 1905 through 1907. After struggling as a player, Rickey returned to college, where he learned about administration from Philip Bartelme. Returning to MLB in 1913, Rickey embarked on a successful managing and executive career with the St.Louis Browns, the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rickey also had a career in the sport of American football, as a player for the professional Shelby Blues and as a coach at Ohio Wesleyan University and Allegheny College. His many achievements and deep Christian faith earned him the nickname "the Mahātmā."

Famous Quotes:

  • Problems are the price you pay for progress.

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Born
Dec 20, 1881
Portsmouth
Profession
Education
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan Law School
Lived in
  • Portsmouth
  • Stockdale
Died
Dec 9, 1965
Columbia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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