Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 – December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. He was known for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, for drafting the first 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.
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Today in Baseball History -- Nov. 28 -- from Mary Landers ... 1938 -- Monty Stratton has his right leg amputated as a result of a hunting accident in Greenville, Texas. The White Sox hurler's attempted comeback is chronicled in the 1949 movie The Stratton Story. 1944 -- Hal Newhouser (29-9, 2.22, 187) edges his Tiger teammate Dizzy Trout (27-14, 2.12, 144) by four votes to be named the American League's MVP. The future Hall of Famer had won only 34 games in the last four years. 1950 -- Having already relieved general manager Branch Rickey of his duties, Brooklyn owner Walter O'Malley continues his house cleaning as he names Pacific Coast League Oakland manager Chuck Dressen to replace the fired 65-year old Burt Shotton, who compiled a 326-215 (.603) record during his four-year tenure as the Dodgers skipper. 1955 -- Monte Irvin’s tenure with the Giants ends as the former *** League standout is claimed in the Rule V draft by the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will retire after one year in Chicago finish . ...
Fox misses point — and the game — with Series coverage By Phil Mushnick October 31, 2013 | 8:23pm Once again, as we now regularly do at this time of year, we stand in awe of Fox’s World Series coverage. We’re blessed, living in a special time. No other network has been both so eager and adroit at blanket, box-seats-to-bleachers coverage of the home team crowd watching any event, let alone the World Series. In fact, Fox’s coverage of the crowd is now so complete the network was able to show a Cardinals fan at the very moment St. Louis pinch-runner Kolten Wong was picked off first base to end Game 4. Fox was able to show this fan live! Not on tape, but live! As the throw and tag were made, we were, well, excluded. But, as Branch Rickey said, “Luck is the residue of design,” and no network was more prepared to miss an unfathomable end to a World Series game than Fox. You see, since Fox began to televise the World Series, in 1996, its shot-callers have had it in their heads the games, while impo ...
To all St. Louis Cardinal Fan.REMEMBER The Cardinals are one of the most decorated and successful franchises in MLB history, St. Louis has won eleven World Series championships, 19 National League pennants, and 12 division titles. Their 11 World Series titles are second only to the New York Yankees' 27. In the AA, St. Louis dominated with four league championships and tied one pre-World Series championship with, and, took another against, the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs) of the NL. Other notable achievements include Branch Rickey's pioneering of the farm system, Rogers Hornsby's two Triple Crowns, Stan Musial's 17 Major League and 29 NL records, Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA season, Whitey Herzog's Whiteyball, Mark McGwire's home run chase, and the 2011 championship team's unprecedented comebacks. Four times in their history St. Louis has won 105 or more games and won 100 or more a total of eight times. Cardinals players have won 20 league MVPs, four batting Triple Crowns, and three Cy You ...
Congratulations Boston. You played a better series than us. Plain and simple. It was a tough loss, but I am still proud to be a fan of the team that brought the Farm System to baseball with Branch Rickey, Grover Cleveland Alexander's 1926 Game 7 save, Dizzy Dean and the Gashouse gang, Rogers Hornsby, Enos Slaughter, Stan the Man, Curt Flood, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and his back flips, Jack Buck yelling "Go Crazy Folks", Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, and Yadier Molina. 11 World Championships. 18 Pennants. 26 Post-season appearances. Hold your heads high Cardinals fans. We'll get 'em next year.
October 23, 1945 - Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. The 26-year old *** League
Today in baseball history: In 1945, Branch Rickey announced the signing of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. His debut came in 1947.
October 23, 1945 - On this day it is announced by Branch Rickey that Jackie Robinson is signed to a Brooklyn Dodgers contract
Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in "42" is the best inspirational role I've enjoyed since Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill (Rocky's Trainer.) WOW. EXCELLENT MOVIE. RENT IT!
Enjoying the game between the Dodgers and the Braves. A name came to my mind: Jackie Robinson For most of the first half of the 20th century, no Major League Baseball team employed an African American player. Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play for a Major League Baseball team when he played his first major league game on April 15, 1947, as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It happened mainly due to general manager Branch Rickey's efforts. The deeply religious Rickey's motivation appears to have been primarily moral, although business considerations were also present. Rickey was a member of The Methodist Church, the antecedent denomination to The United Methodist Church of today, which was a strong advocate for social justice and active later in the Civil Rights movement. This event was the harbinger of the integration of professional sports in the United States, the concomitant demise of the *** Leagues, and is regarded as a key moment in the history of the American Civil Rights m . ...
"It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life." Branch Rickey
Highly recommend the movie "42" .. Great story of perseverance about a great man.. Harrison Ford did a great job portraying Branch Rickey.
Watched "42" over the weekend. Great movie! Proud to be a Battling Bishop like Branch Rickey. A must see for all of my O.W.U. peeps!
Come watch 42 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Smithfield, NC this Friday night at 7:00! Branch Rickey: You think God likes baseball, Herb? Herb Pennock: What - ? What the *** is that supposed to mean? Branch Rickey: It means someday you're gonna meet God, and when he inquires as to why you didn't take the field against Robinson in Philadelphia, and you answer that it's because he was a *** it may not be a sufficient reply!
"I always say that, of all the people I've known in baseball, I respect Branch Rickey the most. I'd have to put Jackie (Robinson) up there on top with him. Mr. Rickey was a genius, and Jackie Robinson is the best proof of that genius. Thanks to the two of them, I was able to overcome my racial prejudice." - Exerpt from YOU CAN'T HIT THE BALL WITH THE BAT ON YOUR SHOULDER by Bobby Bragan with Jeff Guinn
Luck is the residue of design ~ Branch Rickey, Communication Bulletin a six pack of light - Justin Moore, Small Town USA
Problems are the price you pay for progress,Branch Rickey when u put a number in front of a tr
:''Its not the honor you take along with you but the heritage you leave behind .''-Branch Rickey
"Good Morning!! “It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” - Branch Rickey"
Wow, what a great movie! Just watched 42 The Jackie Robinson Story. Harrison Ford, loved him as Branch Rickey. Yes, I'm a little crazy about sports movies!!
"No. I want a player who's got the guts *not* to fight back." Branch Rickey to Jackie Robinson ~ 
Watching "42" and Harrison Ford makes an AWESOME Branch Rickey...love how he's playing a Christian, a tough, hard nosed Christian. God don't want wimps...AND Lucas Black is awesome as Pee Wee Reese...he has been a great actor ever since he was the little boy in Sling Blade.
Branch Rickey put his stamp on history in 1945, when he broke the Major League Baseball color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Learn more at Biography.com.
I played baseball as a kid through high school and have been an avid fan since I was nine years old. Over the years, I have written several Letters to the Editor about Jackie Robinson. This is my first one which was published by the COURIER-JOURNAL on August 3, 1982. It was entitled AMERICA'S 'FINEST HOUR': "It is highly fitting that the U.S. Postal Service recently issued a stamp honoring a great black American, Jackie Robinson. His breaking the color line in Major League Baseball opened a door of opportunity for blacks in professional sports. Robinson's abiding faith, keen intellect, superior athletic skills, and great courage enabled him to succeed in spite of unbelievable obstacles. "The man who gave Robinson his chance also merits recognition. He was Branch Rickey, general manager of the then Brooklyn Dodgers. By signing Robinson to a minor league contract for the 1946 season, Rickey went against the code of society that prohibited blacks from playing in white professional leagues. Not a singles pers ...
Directed by Brian Helgeland. With Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie. The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Interesting stuff on today's date in baseball. 1. Future Hall Of Fame Pitcher for the Brooklyn Robins (previously the Dodgers and would again be called the Dodgers starting in 1932) gives up 16 hits and seven walks buts loses to the Cubs in Chicago 3-2 on September 22, 1926. Despite giving up 3 runs (2 earned) Old Burley might have won if he could have hit better with men on base. Killing any way for the Robins from scoring, Grimes hit into two double plays and one triple play in three swings of his lethargic lumber. The Brooklyn team in the National League began as the Bridegrooms from 1890 to 1898. From 1899 to 1910 they were called the Superbas, 1911 to 1913 the Dodgers and 1932 until 1957 the dodgers. The Brooklyn team the moved and became today's L.A. Dodgers. From 1914 through 1931 the Brooklyn team was called the Robins because the were managed by Wilbert Robinson. No Virginia, he was not related to Jack Roosevelt Robinson. 2. On September 22, 1965 San Francisco CF Willie Mays hit is 50th ...
Everyone has heard of Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Roy Campanella. But how many people have heard of Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell or Mule Suttles? For half of baseball’s history in the U.S., black people were excluded from the major leagues. The *** Leagues were formed with teams of skilled players led by black managers, and an audience of thousands of fans. But the desegregation of the major leagues in the 1940s destroyed the *** Leagues as white owners stole the players, the audience, and the money that had once belonged to the *** Leagues. Some of the greatest players in baseball came out of the *** Leagues. For example, consider possibly the best pitcher and hitter in all of baseball. Satchel Paige pitched 300 shutout games, more than any other player in history. At age 60, Satchel pitched his last game, throwing three shut out innings against the Kansas City Athletics. Josh ‘Hoot’ Gibson arguably has the most homeruns and hits in the game’s history. Some ...
42- The Jackie Robinson story was excellent. We most loved learning about Branch Rickey and how he changed baseball and our world. Inspiring.
Well, a wonderful movie tonight with "Saturday Night Movies with Friends" Emeritus@ Eastman Estates, Longview, TX feature was "42" the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Baseball player in modern history, so very good and awakening, thanks to all our viewers and Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team.
Watched the movie "42" again last night (the story of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey). A great reminder that people driven by faith can indeed transform the world. At some point in the future, I believe that movie is going to make its way into a sermon.
“Nobody could match his knack for putting a dollar sign on a muscle.” Harold Parrott on Branch Rickey
Saw 42 last night with Mary. I had some idea of what Jackie Robinson dealt with seeing the depth and amount of prejudice and hate was a shock. I still see too much in FB comments. Good to see the courage of Jackie and others and the conviction of Branch Rickey.
There are always arguments on teams but what we see with the Cubs may be a case of overall disrespect. The culture of Theo shows touting of prospects to the point of ad nauseam, the hiring of Sveum over others more seasoned and qualified, the continued love affair with Rizzo, Castro's rolling demise, and the inconsistency of Samardzija. If he fires Sveum, and the faith he put in the "core" of Rizzo, Castro, and Samardzija, not to mention Jackson, will make Hendry look like Branch Rickey if the prospects are overvalued like the "core." The major decisions look very questionable to say the least. What does Ricketts think? Oh yea, he hired these guys.
"42," directed by Brian Helgeland. A fun and exciting baseball movie in which Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Behare, and Andre Holland all shine. Stealing the movie, like Jackie Robinson stole bases, is Harrison Ford playing Branch Rickey. I am sorry that it took me so long to see this movie. It is worth seeing because it is fun to watch, the story is interesting and the acting is top notch. Very much worth seeing.
“I’m looking for a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back.” - Branch Rickey, speaking to Jackie Robinson. "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling." ~ Proverbs 20:3 ~
just watched "42"... good movie... Harrison Ford was excellent as Branch Rickey... being a Mets fan, loved the Ed Charles (The Glider) connection.
I think I'd like to write a biography of Branch Rickey...
"Got to give it up" by ANGEL MORAES...PLEASE READ: I think its a shame the way people are bashing and are down on Robin Thicke. I mean clearly the rhythm and the groove is similar to "Got to give it up" but its an entirely different song. I mean people didn't bash Queen when they did "Another one bites the dust" clearly inspired by Chics "good times" with a very similar bass line, nor did they frown on Puffy when he used "every breath you take" as his rhythm or Mary Jay when she used Barry Whites "Ecstasy" rhythm?, and the latter 2 are direct uses even if with permission. While "Blurred lines" is similar to Gaye's track in feel and rhythm, in my opinion its an inspiration not a copy or an infringement. It does not use any of the original material. I guess the Gaye Family must be broke or jealous that someone else would come up with this idea and not them, Cause I honestly don't see why they would think they have a case here. And all this noise even after the Man was decent enough to offer the Gaye Family ...
"Your enemy will be out in force. But you cannot meet him on his own low ground." = Branch Rickey; 42
name the Harrison Ford movie: a) "Get off of my plane!", b) Branch Rickey, and c) married college professor has affair with college student, then kills her
Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey is on hand to deliver the Triple-A championship trophy to Omaha.
Branch Rickey is pretty well known for signing Jackie Robinson, but he was also the GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates when they signed Roberto Clemente. Today is officially Roberto Clemente Day. If professional athletes did half the humanitarian stuff he did this world would be in a lot better shape!
"Robinson I'm looking for a ball player with guts not to fight back." Branch Rickey You have to learn to fight your battles.
I LOVE BASEBALL Not much could top sitting next to Casey Stengal watching Hank Aaron take batting practice in box seats owned by Ralph "This Is Your Life" Edwards (remember him?) at Dodger Stadium years ago, and nothing has. But Lord, there have been some wonderful splendiferous Zelig-meets-Forest Gump moments for which I shall remain forever grateful. Sitting in the dugout during a game while profiling the great but complicated first baseman Steve Garvey. Sharing a sift through baseball memorabilia with manager *** Williams and later player-turned Hall of Fame broadcaster (and lifelong Yogi Berra chum) Joe Garagiola while profiling each of them at their respective homes. Sitting in with "Trader Jack" McKeon, then manager of the San Diego Padres, as he talked privately with a San Diego stadium board as the Pads prepared for their first trip to the World Series? Come to think of it, maybe my best baseball moment came in 1958: after putting in for batboy of the old Kansas City A's along with half the kids . ...
Sports leave me cold. But why isn't Branch Rickey a household name? He broke the color barrier. AND "Luck is the residue of design." Smart.
42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Christopher Meloni, John C. McGinley, Lucas Black, and Nicole Beharie appear in supporting roles.42 was released in North America on April 12, 2013.
Luck is the residue of design' . Branch Rickey. -
"8 times in the bible we are told to love our neighbors as ourself, one of God's most repeated commands"- Branch Rickey in "…
Just got done watching the movie "42". I must say that Harrison Ford was absolutely phenomenal portraying Branch Rickey.
April 1971: Great Experiences Great Experiences Sterling W. Sill My brothers and sisters; as a text for my remarks I would like to quote an interesting line from Ecclesiastes in which the wise man Solomon said, “My heart had great experience.” (Eccl. 1:16.) Certainly the most successful lives are those that have the most worthwhile experiences. The religion of Christ itself is not so much a set of ideas as it is a set of activities. The purpose of the Church is to help us translate the principles of the gospel of Christ into constructive, meaningful human experience. And everyone should work toward this end by a daily practice of thinking some uplifting thoughts, listening to some fine music, reading some stimulating literature, doing some good deeds, and having some great experiences every day. Because we draw so much from the rebellion, weakness, and evil with which we are surrounded, we tend to load ourselves up too heavily with guilt complexes, mental problems, insecurity, and mediocrity. I recent ...
Do you have what it takes to be like Branch Rickey to see the future and go against all odds to achieve it?
"Luck is the residue of design."--Branch Rickey. Happy Homecoming Week Bolts!
**WE DESTROYED OUR OWN just for some spotlight in integrated baseball. We could still have I own baseball league today. IT IS not racist to love and build with our own *** Baseball's color barrier cracked on April 18, 1946 when Jackie Robinson, signed to the Dodgers organization by owner Branch Rickey, made his first appearance with the Montreal Royals in the InterNational League. After a single season with Montreal, Robinson joined the parent club and helped propel the Dodgers to a National League pennant. Along the way he also earned National League Rookie Of The Year honors. Robinson's success opened the floodgates for a steady stream of black players into organized baseball. Robinson was shortly joined in Brooklyn by *** League stars Roy Campanella, Joe Black and Don Newcombe, and Larry Doby became the American League's first black star with the Cleveland Indians. By 1952 there were 150 black players in organized baseball, and the "cream of the crop" had been lured from *** League rosters to the ...
I wish more people were like Branch Rickey. He is truly an inspiration. He made baseball what it is, and believed in the love of the game.
"We finished in last place with you,. we can finish in last place without you" Branch Rickey to Ralph Kiner
Rant For the Week: Your boy has still not shaken off the stigma of the stalker/schmoe in, around, about in this wretched industry. Branch Rickey who managed the Brooklyn Dodgers back in the day signed Jackie Robinson to not be the player that was going to fight back during the integration of Major League Baseball, but to be the player that has the courage to NOT fight back. Same case, and I cannot say enough.I didn't come into this industry to meet my future wife, the Lord put me in this industry to learn and see how to avoid meeting my future first EX wife. Basically a Search For Significance...Robert McGee writes a great book on this FYI. :-) What this means, in this third year (starting with the Olympia), here is what I am going to set a goal to do: For every one lady at these booths that sometimes expects some of us guys to be that person that is going to do something or give something to them (WIIFM=What's In It For Me), I seek to go and meet 10 guys in this industry and see if there is a way that .. ...
Watched "42" last night. Thank heavens there are ppl like Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey in the world.
Thought for this Sunday: 1 Peter 2:19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. Jackie Robinson was a living example of this Scripture from 1 Peter. I watched the movie 42 again last night. Great movie but it underplays the role of Jackie Robinson's and Branch Rickey's faith in the transformation of baseball. I must admit that Harrison Ford's one-liners leave no doubt that he was motivated by a conviction of faith. So today I am inspired by Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey to put 1 Peter into practice in my life.
A Game of Inches Read Ezekiel 39:1 through 40:49 The famed Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey once described baseball as “a game of inches.” Rickey understood that big wins come when players get the small details right consistently. For this reason, he pioneered full-time spring training facilities, the use of batting cages and pitching machines, and improving a player’s skills with the help of statistical analysis. God is also concerned about small details. Whether giving Moses blueprints for the tabernacle or offering Ezekiel a sneak peak at the dimensions of the future temple, God displays a nature that is orderly, precise, and disciplined—a nature we were created to share. I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was six long cubits, each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth (Ezekiel 40:5). What was so important about all these detailed measurements? Those details made what could have been a vague, easy-to-dismiss pr ...
“Finally watching 42!! ⚾⚾”. Great movie. I think Harrison Ford does a great job playing Branch Rickey.
He is really good in this movie. I am impressed. I didn't even recognize him, he has really become Branch Rickey.
Watched 42 with Connor last night. Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson- 2 incredibly brave men! Connor was appalled by the blatant racism displayed by the fans, other coaches and players. I feel so very sad that people who call/called themselves Christian could treat another child of God with such vile hatred. By the way, Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers owner who brought in Robinson, was a Methodist (Russell Skeeter Hull)!
Luck is the residue of design, Branch Rickey
HBO has a documentary about the Brooklyn Dodgers, tells a lot about Branch Rickey.
Watched Brian Helgeland's 42 last night--the biopic about Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey and the Dodgers' 1947 season. I like baseball movies, usually even bad ones, which most of them are; this one is a bit better than bad. It's a very conventional biographical film, with a big dose of feel-good (a cinematic element that generally makes me feel rather bad). But the story is endlessly interesting in itself, and the film seems pretty accurate historically, not glossing over the truly vile in-your-face racism that Robinson encountered. The performances are all adequate, and Harrison Ford as Rickey is better than that--he's a *long* way from Indiana Jones now. Did you know that Robinson's number (42) was retired not only by the Dodgers but by *all* MLB clubs--the only number ever thus honored?
I finally got to see the movie "42" on the plane yesterday. A great movie about Jackie Robinson and his move into white baseball in the 1940s. I had a big learning from this movie that reinforced my already strong beliefs. This move toward breaking down segregation and racism happened because of the courage and determination of Jackie for sure. But perhaps even more so, it happened because a Christian, Capitalist entrepreneur (Branch Rickey - owner of the Dodgers) believed God's Word said to love thy neighbor as thyself and he believed that all money was green and that Jackie could play baseball and make money for his Brooklyn Dodgers. It was not because regulation tried to force men to believe certain things. We have a lot to learn about this even today.
Also, Harrison Ford does a good job of resembling Branch Rickey.
Branch Rickey knew though that Paige would be insulted by starting in the minors. So it was Robinson.
Sympathy. it is a greek word, it means 'to suffer'. 'i sympathize with u' means 'i suffer with u'. -Branch Rickey, 1946 So dont simply say 'i sympathize with u, sofia' if u dont know what i'm going thru. it's been a *** year and i dont need any sympathy. enough for me to suffer alone, thanks.
"42" was an amazing movie! It brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills & goosebumps! A must watch.Thank You Jackie Robinson & Branch Rickey for the Love of the Game :-)
"42" again tonight. "I'm not the one living the sermon, you are!" Branch Rickey
Agreed. Both he & N. Beharie were stellar. I also thought Harrison Ford really stretched himself w. the role of Branch Rickey!
great! So we can reminisce about legendary civil rights pioneer Branch Rickey.
Yankees just took the third of four from Baltimore. Still a game out of the Wild Card. Against many odds. Also watching "42". Harrison Ford is good. Branch Rickey was a stud. And of course, Jackie Robinson's an amazing American icon with an incredible story. Love baseball.
. Most times, it works out Branch Rickey was right. But sometimes luck is just plain old pure dumb luck.
"Sleeping is good when your in your casket, and flowers are good for on it"- Branch Rickey
NEW STUFF: No, not any new crazy Nazi horror films, or "Lincoln Versus _ " movies (although 'Lincoln vs. Godzilla' sounds promising -joke!-). But we do have THE GREAT GATSBY with Dicaprio. And yes, it does have JAY-Z hip hop on the soundtrack. A bonus disc comes with it at no extra rental charge, loaded with material on F. Scott Fitzgerald, the novel, and an explanation of the music choices. We also have '42' - the Jackie Robinson story with an odd performance by Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. And we have 4'2" - the Peter Dinklage story (okay, that's still in development). But, speaking of bio's, we also have HITCHCOCK, with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. It actually sticks fairly closely to the facts of the making of 'Psycho' and Hitch's career at that point. And 'TOO BIG TO FAIL' also sticks close to the facts, in this case the financial meltdown of 2008. Well done, illuminating, suspensful and loaded with familiar faces (William Hurt, Bill Pullman, Tony Shaloub, James Woods, and best of all ...
Today in '52, at Forbes Field, t/became t/1st team to wear protective helmets. Branch Rickey designed them.
Pirates GM Branch Rickey helped introduce those on-field helmets for Pittsburgh in 1950 (jump to 1953)
The man with the ball is responsible for what happens to the ball.---Branch Rickey
"If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit." ~Branch Rickey
“I need a player with the courage NOT to fight back.” -- Branch Rickey, 42
42 has got to be the greatest movie I have ever seen. Its one of those love, hate, almost tears movie. Not a big baseball fan but huge shout out to the late Branch Rickey for going against society at the time and changing baseball forever. He believed in something and went after it. A must see movie if u haven't watched it.
Stephen king and branch rickey are probably my two favorite people to quote.
Football season is on and we are bustin' wax at the Wax Pack Party! This one is 1983 Topps .
Branch Rickey III, president of the PCL and grandson of THE Branch Rickey, is at Werner Park tonight. Interview:
Good habits expand our blessings; bad habits erode our good fortune; and, as Branch Rickey correctly said, “Luck is the residue of design.”
is the Branch Rickey of rap music, and is Jackie Robinson.
Had a chance to interview Branch Rickey III after 42 came out. Check it out if you get a chance:
Its crazy how much they were able to make Harrison Ford look like branch rickey.
“Never surrender opportunity for security.”. - Branch Rickey
One of the most powerful quotes/concepts from the movie 42 was when Branch Rickey essentially told Jackie Robinson "No, I don't know what it's like to be in your situation or go through what you're going through. But you do." It was important for him to make the right decision regardless of his situation or circumstance. For me, today's feeling of "you just don't know how hard it is or what I'm going through" isn't worth tomorrows regrets. Holla back if you feel the same.
iTunes best selling movie "42" In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of...
Oh dear. Reading an article about former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield, who makes Randy Smith look like Branch Rickey: in drafts he passed on BJ Upton, Jered Weaver, Matt Wieters, and Clayton Kershaw, and nixed a deal for Ryan Howard in 2006. UGH.
Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in 42 is absolutely phenomenal!
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is being recognized for his work off the field. He's the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his community work.
Don't forget about Zumba with Bobbi Huston tonight at 8pm in the Branch Rickey Arena!!! It will be a grand time.
TWO NEW classes tomorrow! 930am at the Powell Y and 8pm at OWU in Branch Rickey! See you there!
Watching "42" for the first time. So much respect for Jackie Robinson and also for Branch Rickey as well. I know that people were treated so horribly, but for the life of me, I cannot even come close to imagining why. Why were so many people, and still are in many respects, so small-minded, thinking it's okay to treat others so cruelly, just because they may be different from us? I am so grateful there isn't an ounce of that in me and that I'm raising two men to be the same way.
Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 – December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball (MLB) 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 draft...
just watched my Netflix rental of "42"-the 2013 movie about Jackie Robinson's opening the apartheid wall of white professional sports in post WWII America, 1945-1947. I think Harrison Ford gives the best acting performance of his career as Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Surprises for me were the on-field outright race-baiting of the Phillies manager in the North and the cruel pitching of the Pittsburgh team. Robinson had experience playing with whites in 4 sports at UCLA. His marriage to Rachel from Pasadena in 1946 was an anchor. From the *** Kansas City Monarchs, to the Brooklyn farm team in Montreal, to his first homerun in the white minors in Jersey City, to his hitting and baserunning to win the NL pennant in 1947, Robinson's strength of character as a non-violent resistor shines. New to me was the thread of Branch Rickey's Methodist faith, his coaching at Ohio Wesleyan, and his sense of commonality with Robinson's faith. Makes the current crop of Jim Crow federal judges look hol . ...
We just watched my oppion the best movie ever...you go 42.Mr.Jackie Robinson. You are the mannn.my hats off to Branch Rickey for changing baseball to what it is now.doesn't matter what color you are don't let negitivie over come you...be brave... be strong. keep a cool strong head...you will rise above all the rest. Mr. Jackie Robinson you are a hero in my book..Thank you
The Yankees have looked bad, but there HAVE been flashes of life. If they keep putting up crooked number innings, they'll win
Just watched 42 the Jackie Robinson story he pretty much helped change the world thanks to BRANCH RICKEY fir seeing past the color of someone's skin
"Jackie Robinson is a Methodist, I'm a Methodist and God is a Methodist we can't lose." Lol (Branch Rickey 42) Great Movie.
Do you desire a studied & tested truth. Will you follow the crowd of man made doctrine of the church that used its bible to hang slaves whip them in the name of Jesus. The same church that slaughtered native Indians. The same church in the name of Alexander the Great that slaughtered innocent white Europeans for land. Yet the same church in the black communities that teach love yet taking every dollar from the unstable to live comfortable themselves. This is the example of the white priest & the black levite that looked upon the beaten man & passed him by. Yet the good Samaritan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, The good Samaritan Elanor Roosevelt, the good Sumaritan Malcolm Shabazz, the good Samaritan Branch Rickey. The good sumaritan Andrew Schwerner & Andrew Goodman. But the church walked right by and shook their heads just as they do on Sunday morning skipping right by the dope addicts & homeless yet shouting Jesus! Im about to get started!!!
"Never surrender opportunity to security,"--Branch Rickey
I still think these Yankees can get a wild card
Last night I watched "42", the movie about Jackie Robinson...I HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone watch this and watch it with your children, too. The meekness he displayed in the face of horrific racists treatment is attributed to his faith in God (He says God built him to be strong) and is nothing short of a beautiful display of the Christ-like character God desires for us all to have/display. There is a beautiful part where the Dodger's president, Branch Rickey, says to Jackie, "Do you have the ability to turn the other cheek (when faced with abusive behavior) as our Savior did?" I LOVE how the film maker did not remove from his story the integral part faith played in these men's lives...it is what got them through, convicted them and many others when they were being racist, or didn't stand up for the "little man" when they should have. And how when you you put your faith and trust in God, He will honor those who honor Him!
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"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." - SENECA "Luck is the residue od design." - BRANCH RICKEY "Luck is an attitude." - D. KENSON
Clayton Kershaw has been named the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award, presented by AMG National Trust Bank.
Branch Rickey is my new spirit animal.
But good that Mets bailed on Oliver. As Branch Rickey said, better a year too soon than nine years too late.
Always thought if I had a son I'd name him Elvis, but maybe I'd name him Branch Rickey Nichols.
Enjoying Harrison Ford gargling marbles as Branch Rickey in 42
Great pitcher and and even greater guy - congratulations Kershaw!
Just seen the movie 42 freakin' awesome, Made me happy , sad , mad, and reminded me how much I used to love baseball. Too bad performance enhancing drugs ruined forever for me. But the past were great memories, and times. I can't go back to my favorite game. It's stained. I didn't know 42 was retired by everyteam all of baseball. That is perfect. It was a perfect game. An aside I didn't realize that Branch Rickey was portrayed by Harrison Ford, till the credits rolled, I did look for Whit Bissell.
I finished reading "Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman." What a book! 598 pgs of valuable baseball history. Not a slow part in the book, but this probably can be attributed to the baseball icon's life. He was not slow with accomplishments. He undoubtenly was as Power's refered to him "El Cheapo," but he has a proven track record for impeccable evaluation of baseball talent. He was not wrong too many times. My buddies Frank and Wally despised him and I can understand them, but any tarnish that I saw on the man's pedestal has been polished a little. A weath of baseball information between the 1912 until 1965. I can see myself referencing this book over the years.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was selected as the 2013 recipient of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award, which honors "individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people."
Quote by Clayton. So proud of him for Branch Rickey Award, but most importantly, his faith in Jesus & heart to serve othe…
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Congrats to Clayton for winning the Branch Rickey Award, honoring his heart for service & determination to make a difference!
A great article on Yahoo Sports National News about and working together! -
"Robinson's a Methodist, I'm a Methodist, and God's a Methodist. You can't go wrong.". - Branch Rickey from the movie "42"
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100 years ago today, the Browns name their new manager - Branch Rickey. This begins his path to the front office.
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I'm watching the movie "42" the story of Jackie Robinson's integrating Major League Baseball. There is a scene where Jackie is being relentlessly taunted by an opponent who stands on the sidelines hurling racial slurs at Jackie. Jackie is faced with the choice of retaliating or ignoring his opponent. Jackie's wife says "Look at me Jackie". Finally a time out is called and Jackie leaves the field and privately explodes. He is followed by Branch Rickey who tells him that if he gives into his opponent he will have lost. He also tells him that MLB needs him, the fans need him and that he Rickey himself needs Jackie. Jackie decides to return to the field. The Dodgers win the game. There are so many great quotes and lessons in this movie. But I was particularly struck by this scene because it so reflects the Christian's battle. While the Christian is attempting to do good, run the race so to speak, there is an opponent standing on the sidelines trying to discourage and defeat him/her. Jesus is in heaven ...
I am very close to finishing the "Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman" and have found it to be a fair and balanced depiction of the former baseball icon. The book does not hide the fact that Branch had an ego and was very tight with his money. But he was very honest and faithful to his religious convictions and stood by a devout moral code. Plus the man starting or was the one who constructed the minor league system and importance of scouting, he broke the "color barrier" and ushered integration into Major League Baseball, was actually the architect of the 1960 Pirates championship team, or at least laid some stones for its foundation, and by attempting to form a third major league, ie the Continental league introduced expansion. When he became involved with expansion it was to return the popularity of the game as its former status of National Pastime more than a way of money. Anyway, I am happy that I am reading and will have read this book!
“Baseball has given me a life of joy.” Branch Rickey
Besides being the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw is also an amazingly good dude for a 25 year old pro athlete. Google his name and Branch Rickey Award.
Announced today, Los Angeles Dodgers Ace, Clayton Kershaw has received the 2013 MLB Branch Rickey Award honoring his charitable work! Congratulations to the Kershaw family and Kershaw's Challenge for their continued success making a difference in the world! Also a big congratulations to HOF voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, who has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Tournament of Roses!
In honor of winning the Branch Rickey Award I will be starting a Kickstarter to afford a replica jersey.
Hey y'all! ZUMBA is back! Monday, September 9th at 8 pm over at Branch Rickey Arena. (where the basketball and volleyball games are) Bobbi is still the instructor! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Clayton Kershaw was just awarded the Branch Rickey Award for Community Service. What a stand up guy he is.
A brief preface: I grew up with my mother and a baseball-crazy grandfather. Absolutely die-hard Giants fan, from NY to SF. The word "Dodgers" was an expletive. I "spoke" baseball by the time I was 4. I grew up knowing the names of all of today's "ancient" stars. And while I wasn't alive for early baseball, my grandfather was, and much of the history was passed along to me via osmosis. I watched "42" tonight, the movie about Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's "color barrier," as it was called. Certainly I knew the story of Branch Rickey bringing him up, and heard/read about what he faced. But watching "42" just brought it all home, how horrifically racist baseball and society at large was. As a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, descendant of Yankee abolitionists, granddaughter of a woman whose ancestor came over on the Mayflower (yes, really; the actual Mayflower) and who left the DAR because the group condemned (black) Marian Anderson being invited to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I gre ...
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"Put the natural fear of God in them" -Branch Rickey
Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey were portrayed really well and that made the movie great.
Marjorie Maddox is a lovely poet & Branch Rickey's gt niece. She'll read some of her baseball poems on ArtScene Monday at 11am on WVIA-FM
Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Branch Rickey signatures turn up on testimonial program discovered by Spri...
I read that Jackie R eulogized his old boss by saying the two greatest white Americans were Abraham Lincoln and Branch Rickey!
"It's alright, he can take it, God built him to last. " -Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in 42
Watching 42, I realized Harrison Ford's portrayal of Branch Rickey is essentially impression & now it's all I can think about
I thought Branch Rickey died like 50 years ago!
"No. I want a pkayer with the guts to NOT fight back!" Branch Rickey...Love This!!
Check out the fantastic photo fades on the Molitor & Lansford cards:
Watching the movie 42. Wow. What a courageous man Jackie Robinson was. Same goes for Branch Rickey.
Red Sox: "BOOO Arod! It's so unfair u get to play...Ortiz has been the key to our lineup for 10 yrs since he was on roids? HE'S OUR FAVE"
"They need you. You are their medicine!" -Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) talking to Jackie Robinson. This is the best line from the movie
"Never surrender opportunity for security." -Branch Rickey
"Luck is the residue of design." - Branch Rickey. 1881-1965 MLB player, manager and executive.
Harrison Ford played a *** good roll when he played Branch Rickey...
Branch Rickey was a visionary and all about taking the game he loved to new levels
Branch Rickey on Montreal radio in 1948. CBC good for something alright.
Glad somebody has energy, out until 1 am watching movie 42, great movie, great story, Harrison Ford was fantastic as Branch …
Vin Scully was hired by Branch Rickey! Amazing! Love this info! Such great men, both of them!
"We win if the world is convinced of two things: That you are a fine gentleman, and a great baseball player."-Branch Rickey
Finally watched the movie ''42.'' So good! I wish I could sit down and have dinner with both Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. ⚾
"Like our savor...you have to have the guts to turn the other cheek." -Branch Rickey
A great interview with Branch Rickey in which he discusses the Montreal Royals. Thanks to for sharing!
"Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil." . Branch Rickey . LOL
Baseball fans! Listen to a 1948 interview with the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey:
-Branch Rickey somewhere out there doing the Happy Dance.
The visionaries have made us a great nation:Branch Rickey had nothing to gain and everything to lose but still signed to the Dodgers.
+1. "Luck is the residue of design" Branch Rickey .RT Luck favors the prepared mind
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Here comes the offense!. OR. Here comes the Yankees offense?
When i grow up I want a man as faithful to God as Branch Rickey was!
Harrison Ford deserves Best Supporting Actor consideration for Branch Rickey in 42. At very least, LA owes it to him for getting
Branch Rickey, when told that all *** would break loose if he signed a black player. “No, all heaven will rejoice.”
⚾ May we all never forget the two men that changed baseball forever. Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson ⚾
8/13/1945 - Branch Rickey becomes the principal stockholder of the Dodgers.
1945: Branch Rickey becomes the principal owner of the Dodgers after leading a group to buy the team from the Ebbets estate for $750,000.
I say switch to 65 and take on heritage with it next year
Thanx. Its funny, I feel like I'll be more sad than anything when I'm done. I wont know what to collect for the next 25 years
check and I bet you're done tonight
Don Bessant, Billy Goodman, Zuverink & Chuck Harmon. I actually collected most of the stars when I was little
Jackie Robinson was GREAT, but who knows if he would have made the league without Branch Rickey!
I am 4 cards short of completing the 56 set I've been working on for 25 years. That'll make a heckuva Wax Pack Party video!
I don't know anything about Branch Rickey but there's no way he was as good a guy as "42" makes him appear. Money had to be more important
I've seen them and may throw some on there. Thanks!
.Not quite true. Branch Rickey and Earl Weaver knew that getting on base was important
OK!! Rally Fingers wants a new Wax Pack Party so that's enough for me. We will get crackin right now!
You guys want another new Wax Pack Party before we go away on summer vacation for a week? Let's hear it!.
Afternoon on WGN on a weekday. I get to watch Gander at the friendly confines. NOT TOO SHABBY
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someone complained about the name Branch the other day.. Branch Rickey made a legacy of that name helping abolish segregation in MLB
Branch Rickey：The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.
Branch Rickey is one of the best god *** inspirational people in history, putting everything on the line to change the world for better
look up "Branch Rickey" if aren't aware of the iconic role in history he played
Outside of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr, my favorite American heroes are Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson :-)
Harrison Ford's portrayal of Branch Rickey is so ridiculously good. It's almost perfect.
I did not know that the same guy that signed Jackie Robinson, also signed Roberto Clemente... No wonder Branch Rickey is in the Hall of Fame
My wife and I watched "42" the other night. I was reminded that Branch Rickey chose Jackie Robinson not only...
Never play checkers with a man who carries his own board~Branch Rickey
is automated? If so, please add 'DaPeen' to the database; although deepen/dampen could work
i forgot to answer-neither good nor bad. it is awesome. Viva DaPeeno!(sp?) .
i LOVE &his perma-openmouth but having calls wrongly go your way bc it's your historic last season is
PLEASE tell me has a camera crew following as he redefines the farewell season in PLEASE!.
Branch Rickey was something. He was so involved in games.
I just checked. 2 men hit 4 triples in a game but never done after 1897 so .. If I'd said 20th cent..
Wawaweewah. 3 3Bs in 1 game? That's gotta be a record. I bet Ty Cobb did it too. Jimmy Rollins? Nah
I thought so. I told him that I remembered his 3 triple game with the Twins and he was impressed.
Here's my signed Ken Landreaux. I used to drive him to clubs in Va Beach when he came to town.
Is it good or bad that I laughed in the exact same tone as and
that scene of branch Rickey in the empty stadium during the last game is gold
"The trades you don't make are your best ones." Branch Rickey
and arotunda dedicated to 69 Mets. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey were Dodgers. Drives me crazy when i walk in
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Luck is the residue of great design. - Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey: Luck is the residue of design. enjoy the fruits of the design.
'Echo a curse with a curse and they will hear only yours.' - Branch Rickey
Yet another Wax Pack Party is raging right now: This time its 1984 baseball. . .
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Vote for Clayton Kershaw to win the Branch Rickey Award! Can't think of anyone else more worthy to win!
"You cannot meet your enemy on his own low ground." Branch Rickey
Love the bio flick "42" on the great Jackie Robinson. Branch Rickey too was a pioneer like JR.. Two class acts, legends.
Where are all the Pettitte haters tonight?.
I'd LOVE to see the & the in the World Series this year! Classic baseball match up. Unfortch, only one of them has a shot
If anyone ever has a chance I recommend picking up Branch Rickey's lil blue book great read
"Dollar bills aren't black and white. Dollar bills are all green" Branch Rickey
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My dad and brother in law got to go to a special showing and met Branch Rickey III. Not bad.
Really big hit with my family. (It helps that we're related to Branch Rickey)
2013 Branch Rickey Award Official Fan Voting: -still time to vote for LoMo!
Branch Rickey plan: 4th place gives all benefits of Champions League, but don't have to give raises like the champs.
Jackie had to be a brave man. Branch Rickey even braver to give him the chance.
Branch Rickey - the courage to act decisively at the right time! Amazing what right acting can do or all of us. Simple, but not easy.
Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late~Branch Rickey
"Luck is the residue of hard work and design" Branch Rickey
Today’s Ohio trivia question: Branch Rickey, the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers who broke Major League...
As always, thanks Sara. Will try again. Persistence is an art form and "luck is the residue of design" Branch Rickey.
.flying bag of urine: In praise of Allan Roth, the first full-time statistician for an MLB team
In all seriousness, Ed Wade looks like Branch Rickey compared to RAJ.
On the subject of Branch Rickey Award, past winners are honored on base of a statue in front of Coors Field.
is nominee for the 2013 Branch Rickey Award for community service. You can vote online
Branch Rickey was a great talent evaluator
I got a tshirt & a hat...didn't know Branch Rickey signed Clemente & that Clemente was a marines reserve
That Ken Dayley card is fantastic. I have to get that. Righetti's no-hitter, by way, was July 4, 1983.
I love 88 Fleer 2! But we broke TWO on camera so I busted a 3rd off camera & got young Moyer
Holliday lasted WAY longer than people thought he would tho
Jamie Moyer as a fresh faced Cubbie in just his sophomore year in the majors.
Branch Rickey was also a father of advanced analytics (of a sort). Who knew? Thanks
42. Warm, fuzzy story about Jackie Robinson's battle against racism in baseball with support of Branch Rickey in 1940s. B+
I'm not sure how old Branch Rickey was in the mid-1940's, but Harrison Ford looks older than God playing him.
Watching 42. Harrison Ford sounds more like Vince McMahon than Branch Rickey
Who, not Branch Rickey? Get out of WIP next show world dude.
just pointed out the have not 1 but TWO Beltres & only 1 she has nicknamed Beltremendous
Fear of failure can keep us from acting... from making a decision. In the movie "42" Branch Rickey tells Jackie...
Who shot JR? I'm still not sure. But watch our newest Wax Pack Party here: # collect
I'm going to take your silence as a YES
You guys up for a classic 80s tv show Wax Pack Party?! I'll give you a hint. The show shares a name with a city in Texas.
Harrison Ford did such a great job as Branch Rickey.
The pitching & managing is SUPERB this year considering they have a .525 win pct w the 2nd or 3rd worse offense in the AL.
Hey! I was just asking about these last week.
Here's string of the great 1986 on classic broken only by one rando Bernard Gilkey
.It's not the most flattering pic of him. I wonder if that design was one used in a newer Archives product?
Great call Ed. I didn't notice that. Gooden's 85 is a portrait. I wonder why they did this.
Except that's not the real '85 Gooden...
They got big giant in the halls at Citi Field. That's cool.
Watched the Jackie Robinson Story on Branch Rickey and Jackie changed baseball with tremendous courage and skill. B…
"When I bring the Nets, I'm the black Branch Rickey." . That's quite possibly one of my favorite Jay Z song quotes.
I can't even imagine what they all went through. Crazy. I'm glad he & Branch Rickey were brave enough to take a chance.
Branch Rickey is the definition of a hero
Bought a couple packs and stopped after I pulled this. Never heard of that other rookie, pujols ...
True dat. And it's not even like rookie cards are easy to come by pre Gulf War much less WWII
"I bet Jackie wishes he wasn't leading the league in hit by pitch" - Branch Rickey - President, Brooklyn Dodgers
And Branch Rickey wanted Jackie not to fight back. And he didn't. And then whites n blacks lived happily ever after in America. The end.
I shook the hand of a guy who quoted Branch Rickey 2day who was around ball himself at the time. Now that's pretty cool.
Branch Rickey is one of the most amazing characters ever.. Such an amazing Christian man who sticks up for what's right.
Branch Rickey is pretty much the man I've realized from this movie
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