Rickey, Branch

Wesley Branch Rickey
Born: December 20, 1881, Lucasville, Ohio
Died: December 9, 1965, Columbia, Missouri
Played For: 
St. Louis Browns (1905-1906, 1914), New York Highlanders (1907)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1967

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.

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Did You Know: 
that Branch Rickey was instrumental in introducing batting helmets to big league baseball, helping develop and promote the protective headgear?
He could recognize a great player from the window of a moving train.
sportswriter Jim Murray