Branch Rickey

Wesley Branch Rickey
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1967
Primary team:
Primary position: Executive

After a mediocre career as a player and manager, Branch Rickey spent half a century in the front office as baseball's greatest visionary executive. With the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1920s and '30s, Rickey invented the modern farm system, promoting a new way of training and developing players. Later with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he pioneered the utilization of baseball statistics. In 1945, he became the first executive to break baseball's color line when he signed Jackie Robinson, who became the major leagues' first African-American player in the 20th century.

"He could recognize a great player from the window of a moving train. "
sportswriter Jim Murray

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1967
Primary Team:
Position Played: Executive
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Lucasville, Ohio
Birth year: 1881
Died: 1965, Columbia, Missouri
Played for:
St. Louis Browns (1905-1906)
New York Highlanders (1907)
Managed:
St. Louis Browns (1913-1915)
St. Louis Cardinals (1919-1925)