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Branch Rickey

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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While Jackie Robinson was important, we think Branch Rickey would be a much more interesting protagonist for this story.
Final Branch Rickey anecdote: He got his undergraduate law degree from Michigan
Oh no, Branch Rickey was legitimately a moral man. He tried multiple times to bring Robinson in before 1947. Started in '43.
Hard to say in the context of 42, since the *** Leagues were segregated the same way. Branch Rickey was All-Weather Liberal.
oh i thought we were playing in Branch Rickey
Did you know Branch Rickey designed the Cardinal logo?
The Plains branch has a new mural by local artist Terry Fortkamp! In memory of Betty Rickey Morganfeld
||Thats awesome! I knew her and Branch Rickey were related!
// Kelley's grandma is Alice Jakle nee. Rickey her dad Christopher Jakle is her connection to Branch Rickey.
Branch Rickey knew what was what back then.
I've got Ted Williams Branch Rickey and 150 years of baseball on "my" side
Among managers, Frankie Frisch had the same number of wins as Branch Rickey (458) and same number of losses as Joe Torre (354).
. Interesting. As others have said, you have Marvin Miller and Branch Rickey. And don't forget about Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers.
Should have used better language. I think Thorn's statement is too strong. Marvin Miller and Branch Rickey have stronger cases.
Lucky me, luckily, they didn't get me. Now when I bring the Nets, I'm the black Branch Rickey
When talking about how Branch Rickey traded for a broadcaster, Josh Lewin said: "No, we can't trade Howie for a shortstop." featured in NBC s Science of Love
Last week's NCAC hoops was held at Branch Rickey Arena at Ohio Wesleyan. Rickey, of course, best known for bringing Jackie Robinson to MLB
Don't worry about your individual numbers. Worry about the team. If the team is successful each of you will be successful, too.Branch Rickey
This Harrison Ford plane crash news reminded me of your Branch Rickey imitation and now I can't stop laughing
No doubt! Talk about having an impact on the game! Right up there with Branch Rickey and A.G. Spalding.
My baseball-loving kids knows him as Branch Rickey from the movie "42"
Episode 2 of our series takes a look at the achievements of the late Branch Rickey
Your negative comments towards Branch Rickey just goes to show you that you don't know anything about Baseball. Stick to Comedy.
"It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.". -Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey Luck is the residue of design. no
A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance. -Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey: "No. I want a player who's got the guts *not* to fight back - like our Savior - Jesus Christ". To Jackie Robinson-both Xns.
To me Coach Dean Smith was Branch Rickey with an even better winning percentage.
Follis played on the team with Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodger owner who would sign Jackie Robinson to integrate Major League Baseball in1947
But this is the coolest gift I saw someone get so far...getting a desk for his office that was once used & owned by Branch Rickey
It is always nice to get a true surprise. Mine was a desk for my new office that was once used and owned by Branch Rickey.
"Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best... Luck is the residue of design…
Branch Rickey was the man for bringing Jackie Robinson to the Dodgers
The part when Branch Rickey tell Jackie why he chose him 😢😢😢
Branch Rickey, the guy who brought Jackie into the Majors. His mind was on the money aspect but had the balls to step out...
Branch Rickey's best career move? Bailing on St. Louis for Brooklyn. Opened the door for 42 in a more open-minded market.
"And now, I'm going to tell you a story from the Bible about spiritual courage." - next to last sentence Branch Rickey spoke
Branch Rickey is one of the greatest things to happen to baseball and America society
General manager Branch Rickey signed Roberts to the team after facing mounting pressure from the local black community.
Luck is the residue of design. Branch Rickey (1881 - 1965), Lecture title, 1950
December 9 1852 The first train ever to run west of the Mississippi made a run over five miles of completed track on the Pacific Railroad. The line began at 14th and Chouteau and ended at Cheltenham, in what is now southwest St. Louis. The rails reached Kirkwood in May 1853 and Jefferson City in 1855. 1878 A representative of Joseph Pulitzer purchased the bankrupt St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500 at a sheriff’s sale. Within hours of the auction at the Old Courthouse, The editor of the Post approached Pulitzer, and proposed a merger. The first edition of the St. Louis Post and Dispatch hit the streets on December 12th. 1922 John Elroy Sanford was born in St. Louis. He dropped out of school at age 13 to break into show business and became known as “Redd” because of his complexion. He also took the name of baseball player Jimmy Foxx. The groundbreaking comedian made his movie debut in Cotton Comes to Harlem in 1972. That same year, Norman Lear signed him to star in the American version of the Bri ...
Today in '65, Branch Rickey, 83, suffered a heart attack during his induction into t/Missouri Sports He died 3 wks later.
on 1965 Branch Rickey, American baseball player and manager (b. 1884)
“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.” Branch Rickey . died today in 1965
Branch Rickey died on this date in 1965.
Branch Rickey:He had the ability of taking a bad situation and maLeisure is the handmaiden of the devil."king it immediately worse.
Proud to be a Dodgers fan Watching 42 they changed the world Jackie Robinson Branch Rickey Leo Durocher and the Dodgers changed the world
Imagine if Branch Rickey had broken up the great Dodger teams after a loss or two to the Yankees. We're so impatient & unsatisfied now.
That's how Branch Rickey did it, too.
I could watch Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey just chat with people for two hours.
I used to have a Gin Rickey with Branch Rickey back in the day
best advice today: Luck is the residue of design (Branch Rickey)
Harrison Ford played a great Branch Rickey. Could hardly recognize that was him playing the role at "42".
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PCL President Branch Rickey just gave the best Warren Giles Award acceptance speech ever
Branch Rickey the early leader to succeed as chief bad joke/awkward silence teller at Gonna be tough to catch
Congratulations to President Branch Rickey on winning the Giles Award as outstanding league president.
Congrats PCL Pres. Branch Rickey on receiving the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service as a league president.
Branch Rickey:I did not mind the public criticism. That sort of thing has not changed any program I thought was good.
Although baseball was low on his list of sports, the KC Monarchs hired him as their SS for $400/mo. He hit .387. Branch Rickey was watching
42 (2013): The role of Branch Rickey was originally intended for Robert Redford. It was played by Harrison Ford. - IMDb
if you like Star Wars I know that Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey (manager that signed Robinson) in the movie as well.
history- on this spot in 1945, Branch Rickey & changed everything. Thank you…
president ,baseball ops Andrew Friedman “Occupying the same seat as Buzzie Bavazi and Branch Rickey both challenging and humbling.”
Andrew Friedman mentions tradition set by Buzzie Bavasi and Branch Rickey in his third sentence speaking as Dodger baseball president.
Like Branch Rickey said: I'd rather trade him a year early than a year late. Especially so for Jay who depends on BABIP
Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there. ~ Branch Rickey
If it makes you feel any better, fans, the NL trophy is named after Warren Giles, a Branch Rickey disciple from the farm system.
"Never surrender opportunity to security.". Branch Rickey
1/3 "Here’s hoping that somewhere in the MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL, the next Branch Rickey and/or Ford Frick exist."
1949; The Brooklyn Dodgers does not renew the contract of legendary Hall of Fame President, Branch Rickey. The...
Today in '49, declined to offer tm Pres Branch Rickey a new contact so he signed w/t/as VP/GM.
"Luck is the residue of design." -Branch Rickey "Keep letting their relievers walk you." -Bruce Bochy
I think Branch Rickey said that luck is the residue of design.
alphabetsuccess: Luck is the residue of design. - Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey:Fill in any figure you want for that boy . Whatever the figure, it's a deal.
Dayton Moore has never built a 90-win team or division champ. He draws an inside straight in October and we turn him into Branch Rickey.
Branch Rickey is sp.resting quietly in his grave.
Amazing that babe ruth didn't played with black players. But Jackie Robinson made history. Branch rickey had guts.
"The game of baseball has given me a life of joy. I would not have exchanged it for any other.". --Branch Rickey
TD in '32 The sign Branch Rickey to a 5-year contract as general manager and director of the farm system.
~ The first was formed at a Presbyterian church supper in Ferguson & seized by Branch Rickey!
Frankly, I hope the Dodgers lose all of their games. I'm from Brooklyn; can't stand the traitors. Branch Rickey, burn in ***
Sitting right in the right spot to catch a monster home run from tonight
There's a reason why Branch Rickey went for Jackie Robinson, and why Joe Louis was instructed not to talk smack.
Luck is the residue of design. - Branch Rickey - former owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team
Branch Rickey is my favourite Harrison Ford character yet
Jackie Robinson didn't change the game of Baseball...Branch Rickey did.
Branch Rickey went to OWU not Jackie Robinson. 42 is about J... Never mind. Enjoy the movie!
74 degrees on this Thursday, 28 August –where has this month gone? On this date: 1565 - Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established 1830 - The passenger-carrying train locomotive Tom Thumb was demonstrated for the first time at Baltimore, MD. It was the first locomotive of its kind built in America. 1921 - Babe Ruth starts a record streak in which he gets at least one extra-base hit in nine straight games. 1922 - The first commercial to be broadcast on radio was heard on WEAF in New York City. Announcer H.M. Blackwell spoke about Hawthorne Court, a group of apartment buildings in Queens, New York. The Queensboro Realty Company, of Jackson Heights, bought what was called Toll Broadcasting. WEAF, owned by AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph, in those days) sold their block programming, five one-minute programs, one a day for five days, for $50 plus long-distance toll fees. The Queensboro Realty Company paid $100 for 10 minutes of commercial airtime. 1945 - Baseball commissioner Branch Rickey a ...
Had no idea the St Louis Cardinals birds on bat logo was inspired by something Branch Rickey saw in
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Welll Tony Dungy can suck it. He wouldn't draft Michael Sam because of the "distraction" right. Great to hear from a coach who is African American. Good thing it was Branch Rickey in charge of bringing in Jackie Robinson not you huh Tony? If it was you maybe you still wouldn't be able to participate in professional sports. You're a member of the group to "define marriage as being between a man and a woman" but that has nothing to do with your stance right? Save it old man. I'm sad to say I ever cheered for you or had you as a coach of my team. Michael Sam might be a distraction, but he's the right kind of distraction. The kind that changes the world. I'm glad not everyone thinks like you Tony, very sad.
Things will happen... Branch Rickey signs anyway. Valid thoughts by
Disappointing to see Tony Dungy's Michael Sam comments. What if Branch Rickey said that about Jackie Robinson? Someone must take first step.
Tony Dungy should ask himself if he'd be where he is if Branch Rickey didnt sign Jackie Robinson because he didn't "want 2 …
Michael Sam is not Jackie Robinson Jeff Fisher is not Branch Rickey. Ppl are going on and on about this guy meanwhile BJ King gets no credit
"He can't hit, he can't field, he can't throw. All he can do is beat you.". Branch Rickey about Eddie Stanky
Harrison Ford played Branch Rickey who was the AD at Ohio Wesleyan. Names given by chance my ***
is the residue of design. Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey, the white man who signed the first black man to play Major League Baseball in 1947.. . 42
"Just do every bad Harrison Ford impression you've ever heard." -- director of "42" giving Harrison Ford direction on playing Branch Rickey.
"42" is a great movie. Thankful for what Jackie Robinson & Branch Rickey did for baseball & America. If you haven't seen it, do so ASAP.
Love the Branch Rickey line about Jackie Robinson "God built him to last" may someone say that about me :)
Of course he didn't. Branch Rickey was no hero. And our collective unwillingness to speak candidly about it is disheartening.
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A fear realized when opportunists like Branch Rickey finally hit the key to profit. 70 years later, we still don't get it.
I ain't no Branch Rickey, but two best teams have played this year are the & Nationals. In that order. Good ball, man.
Luck is the residue of design. Branch Rickey Lecture title, 1950
To paraphrase Branch Rickey to Ralph Kiner: We can miss the playoffs with or without you.
Maybe if Jackie Robinson had been a teacher & Branch Rickey a superintendent schools might be as integrated as baseball.
The more I learn about Branch Rickey, the more I grow convinced that he may be the most important non-player figure in baseball history
Wore my tigers Foundation to today's game in homage to Branch Rickey.
Branch Rickey was hiding him in Dodger chain when his Cardinal minor league teams were deemed wrong. Didn't work..
Stan has to do a Branch Rickey - trade em at or just past their peak, develop youngsters to take over.
Branch Rickey 1910-1913. Forty some odd years later he would help break the color barrier in
Branch Rickey: "Luck is the residue of design." >> Work hard to create an environment that is conducive to luck.
Watching "42." Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey exploring new territory in the art of phoning it in. Why is he doing a Lewis Black impression?
I'm thinking Ruth Buzzi, Branch Rickey and the pilot from Mad Max
Branch Rickey:When Waddell had control and some sleep, he was unbeatable.
Shout out to Branch Rickey that guy was an essential part of baseball
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Was evident in other sports as well. Jackie Robinson, baseball. His story is fascinating. Branch Rickey's advice to him.
Watch last Sunday's message on Branch Rickey brought to us by Greg Alderman. Greg is the Sr. Pastor of Christ...
Nope. They took a stat Branch Rickey was the father of and treated it like NASA physics.
Facing Greg Maddux 107 times and never STRIKING OUT. Tony Gwynn was one of the most amazing people to watch play baseball. I have only seen him on TV, but have friends who have met him and played with his sons. I thank Branch Rickey for changing the game that I love, giving Jackie Robinson the chance to make way for many others.
in a sense, Disnsy is like the Branch Rickey of pop star celebrity ***
"Luck is the residue of effort.". Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who brought Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues
It is TOUGH watching the ball players you idolized as a kid grow old much less die.
Tony Gwynn's Triple Crown of humanity and kindness - the Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Branch Rickey awards
Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died Monday morning after battling cancer. He was 54. Tony Gwynn spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, racking up 3,141 hits, a career .338 batting average (18th best all-time) in 2,440 games. He batted above .300 in 19 of his 20 major league seasons, including .394 in 1994. Tony was also a crucial part of the Padres' National League pennants in 1984 and 1998, hitting a combined .371 in the two World Series. Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star, won eight batting titles, five Gold Glove Awards and in 2007 was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, being named on 532 of 545 ballots (97.6%) one of the highest percentages ever. Cal Ripken Jr. was the 2007 class of inductee. Tony also was awarded the 1995 Branch Rickey Award, the 1998 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and the 1999 Roberto Clemente Award. Gwynn was proud that he’d spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, taking well below market value and giving up a lot of money to stay in San ...
R.I.P. Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters to play the game, and winner of the Humanitarian Triple Crown- The Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig, and Branch Rickey Awards.
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Most people remember him for his stats. I remember the Branch Rickey Award, Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and the Roberto Clemente Award.
"Baseball is a game of inches. -Branch Rickey" one inch too short or too far leads to an error
R.I.P. Tony Gwynn aka Mr. Padre. You were one of my favorite players regardless of the team I cheered for and I was lucky enough to see you play more than a few times all those years in windy *** Candlestick. Who did Tony Gwynn get the most hits off of? Greg Maddux, who called him "the best pure hitter in the game. Easily." NUFF SAID! N.L. Batting Champion 8 times, 15 time All-Star, 7 Silver Sluggers, 5 Gold Gloves, Winner of the Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente and Branch Rickey Awards. National League record holder for most batting titles(8), most times leading the league in hits (7) and most consecutive years batting over .300 (19) YES 19! Holder of 19 padres records! Lifetime .338 average! You will be missed Mr. Padre!!
To say I'm shocked would be mildly putting it. I loved to go to the baseball games and watch him - remember Lisa Volpa Piper those days in left field? He was such a GREAT guy! He loved San Diego! He could have gone to teams who would have paid more but he want to be in San Diego! When he retired he stayed in San Diego and coached at SDSU. For a while in the late 80's and early 90's as a family we collected baseball cards. My collection was Tony Gwinn cards! He was my favorite! He had a malignant tumor inside his right cheek. He chewed tobacco. I just hope it serves as a warning to others about tobacco and cancer! RIP Tony we all loved you! On January 9, 2007, Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, being selected on 532 out of 545 ballots (97.61%), seventh highest percentage in Hall of Fame voting history, and just thirteen votes short of a unanimous selection. He was inducted alongside Cal Ripken, Jr. on July 29, 2007. Award/Honor # of Times Dates Refs NL batting champion 8 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989 ...
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This is the baseball park at Portsmouth Ohio as I remember it. The game depicted is the Portsmouth Athletics (class D team of the Philadelphia Athletics in the Ohio-Indiana league) versus the Muncie Reds (Cincinnati). The year is 1948. The kids on the wall are not trying to sneak in...rather there to watch for a home run and thereby get a brand new baseball. The YMCA provided a “knot-hole club” for kids to see the games in the bleachers. I think it cost around fifty cents for the whole season. WPAY and a station from the opposing city had broadcast booths on the roof. The stadium exists today minus the roof and I believe it is being used by Shawnee State University on adjacent grounds. I also believe it has been renamed Branch Rickey Field after Branch who was a native of the area.
For those who have questioned Harrison Fords film choices and acting ability over recent years, although I agree he has made some odd decisions with regards to the roles he has undertaken, I still feel he is a skilled character actor. "42" directed by LA Confidential screenwriter Brain Helgeland is a prime example of Fords ability! Cast as Branch Rickey, owner of a American baseball team who was the first to sign a black player in the 60s. Ford and his co stars deliver excellent performances in the this underrated film. 8.5/10 from me!
This is truly Wooster History. How Wooster is the center of Pro football and Pro baseball is told through the great Branch Rickey (the manager who signs Jackie Robinson). Check it out and tell the story for everyone to know how this son of Wooster changed sports history! "Wooster still loves you Charles"-Lelia Follis
Watching "42", and marvelling at some of the performances. Chadwick Boseman is brilliant as Jackie Robinson, but it's fairly straightforward and not a great stretch. Harrison Ford is great as Branch Rickey, but again, not a stretch. Brett Cullen, Alan Tudyk and the other actors who had to play Southern, racist baseballers, now that's acting. Alan and Brett are two of the nicest guys in the world, and to play someone that full of hate was a major effort. Alan, in particular, as Ben Chapman, the evil manager of the Phillies... if you didn't know him, you'd swear he meant all that. Amazing. It's not the greatest sports movie ever, but it's on up there.
An African-American sportswriter, Wendell Smith convinced Branch Rickey to give Jackie Robinson a shot in the Major Leagues.
Bill Mazeroski signed with Pittsburgh as a shortstop in 1954 and was promptly moved to second base by the Pirates' Branch Rickey. Mazeroski eventually became...
I want to read this story: From Branch Rickey to Donald Sterling. Someone write it.
"Luck is the residue of design" - Branch Rickey, He was the baseball executive that signed Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.
I haven't really summed up my thoughts on what happened last night so I wrote my thoughts on the Branch Rickey bio first at
In Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman, author Lee Lowenfish paints the definitive portrait of the Hall of Fame executive. For a definitive biography on the longtime St. Louis Cardinals executive, it is a very long book–one that took me a few weeks to read and then a few more to digest it…
My response to Donald Sterling: I'd like to ask you a question, with the same voice texture and vivacious manor Harrison Ford portrayed as Branch Rickey in the recent biopic film "42 - The Jackie Robinson Story".. "Do you think God likes basketball?" "Because someday you're gonna meet God, and when he inquires as to why you opened your mouth to say you didn't want a particular group of people to watch a game of basketball on a pocket of a planet you did not create, and you answer that it's because they were black, it may not be a sufficient reply!!!"
The Colo. Rockies are 15-12, 1/2 game behind the SF Giants. As I have previously posted, the Rockies are a team of destiny owned by one of the most farsighted owners in baseball, *** Monfort [the reincarnation of Branch Rickey]
"I find fault with my children because I like them and I want them to go places - uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect and anything that affects the probabilities of failure on the part of those that are closest to me, that concerns..." - Branch Rickey quotes from
Branch Rickey, 1946 Owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the first to sign a black baseball player to his team. Branch to Lawyer: It's not illegal, is it? Lawyer to Branch: There's no Law-- but there is a Code. Break a written law and some people will think that you're smart. Break an unwritten law, and you'll be an outcast. -From the movie 42, the story of Jackie Robinson
Excellent point again. Branch Rickey even said that exact thing.
Oh come on. You wouldn't have enjoyed a stint with the Rooneys, Maras? Or Ted Turner, Charley Finley, Branch Rickey?
Rocky Gale talks to president Branch Rickey III before opener at Southwest University Park
For the record threw up 27 minutes into 42 when Branch Rickey first scene came on!
When I say fought, I mean Jackie Robinson, MLK, Branch Rickey fought, we gained right to be included.
My, how far we've fallen in sports since Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson...thank you for making America proud
Liked Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Preferred Eight Men Out or 61* to be honest. Jackie's Biography isn't an easy read
* Today in Black History - August 28 * 1818 - Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader and founder of Chicago, joins the ancestors. 1921 - Second Pan-African Congress meets in London, Brussels and Paris, from August 28 to September 6. Of the 113 delegates, 39 are from Africa and 36 were from the United States. 1949 - Paul Robeson's scheduled singing appearance at the Lakeland picnic grounds near Peekskill in Westchester County, New York, is disrupted by a riot instigated and provoked by whites angry at Robeson's political stands. 1945 - Brooklyn Dodgers' owner Branch Rickey and future baseball great Jackie Robinson meet. They will discuss the difficulties Robinson, an African American athlete, would face in major-league baseball. Robinson will receive $600 a month and a $3,500 signing bonus to play for Montreal of the InterNational League. He would quickly move up and enjoy a brilliant career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1955 - Fourteen-year-old Chicago youngster Emmett Till is kidnapped in Money, Mississipp . ...
I've got a few important announcements for you: 1. Final Big Stuf balance is due THIS Sunday, May 4. If you have paid a deposit, your final amount will be $210. The change in price is due to added participants and the switch from vans to a charter bus. 2. As you might know, there is a dinner and silent auction this Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00-6:30. Cost for meal is $7/pp or $20/familiy. Come ready to bid on various items! 3. What you may not know is that the adults are participating in a survey. This is an all-hands-on-deck kind of thing. Each survey taken gains the youth ministry program $30!!! Parents/guardians, your attendance is requested for this opportunity. 4. Following the dinner, the youth will be treated to a special guest speaker, Branch Rickey. He will be a blessing to our students. 5. Dogwood Festival is this weekend. With good weather approaching combined with a free Charlie Daniels Band concert, attendance is estimated around 20-30 thousand. There are numerous opportunities for you to ser ...
Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson you're thinking of Al Campanis
Donald Sterling clearly has a lack of respect for his fellow members of the human race. Somewhere Branch Rickey is shaking his head
Hey Donald Sterling why don't you just leave, no one wants you, Branch Rickey should come out of heaven and kick...
Good thing the Dodgers were owned by Branch Rickey and not Donald Sterling.
Too bad Donald Sterling can't have a conversation w Branch Rickey.
I got home from church yesterday, thinking about Diane's request for the congregation to prayerfully consider serving on a board and when I opened my email, I saw that this was Sunday's devotion from Lutheran Hour! So very appropriate, so I thought I'd share, in case anyone missed it. God's blessings! April 27, 2014 So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. Romans 12:5-6 In 1952, baseball great, Ralph Kiner, hit 37 homeruns for his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Feeling pretty good about things, Kiner went to the Pirate's general manager, Branch Rickey, and said he thought he was deservin' of a raise. Rickey considered the request for a second, and then declined. Prepared for such an eventuality, Kiner shot back, "You might want to remember I led the League in homeruns." But Rickey had also done his homework. "In what place did we finish?" "Last place," came Kiner's reply. Rickey concl . ...
...just like when other owners stepped him and helped Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey integrate MLB. NOT! Players have to force change.
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After I watch tonight on the DVR, I'm finally going to write my thoughts on the Branch Rickey bio.
Interesting that Branch Rickey was more progressive 70 years ago than an owner in 2014.
lets not compare Jackie to this Branch Rickey wanted Jackie and he did this for the benefit of negroes, end result was .
That's why Branch Rickey picked Jackie. He was exceptional in his make up, not the best black player. Clips are not Jackie.
Branch Rickey got a letter from a LA Councilwoman to move the Dodgers. Why can't this happen today?
Theo Epstein commented on how great it would be to be like Branch Rickey and build up a franchise entirely from within.
It is a shame that for every Branch Rickey there's a Donald Sterling. We can learn from history.
Shout out to Branch Rickey, it's crazy how times change
people talk a lot about good luck and bad luck. i believe,however,that BRANCH RICKEY was right. very few outcomes in this cause and effect world are due to chance. someone has said,"GOOD LUCK is what happens when opportunity meets preparation''.
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Just watched 42 again. Jackie Robinson is a hero his story is one of the best American tales. Jackie's bravery and the way he handled himself through adversity is inspiring and universal. Branch Rickey is equally great for making it happen. Very interesting to watch in light of Donald Sterlings remarks. Racism is foul and must be eradicated.
Next speaker is looking at the theology of Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson in the film and reality.
Jackie Robinson: Faith in Himself – and in God: Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. (by Chris ...
Harrison Ford has had many great roles, but every time I watch 42 his role as Branch Rickey might be his most underrated performance.
On Branch Rickey, his grandson was a two-time CCS track and field champ. Dave Jakle won the 330LH in '75, the 180LH in '74, for Los Altos
Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey looks EXACTLY like my dad and it scares the bajeezus out of me
It was a great day for baseball. God bless Jackie & Branch Rickey!
You know who Branch Rickey is, right? Since the majority of fans are bandwagoners
Branch Rickey would be spinning in his grave, knowing that Ned overpaid for players.
In this vintage interview, Branch Rickey is interviewed by legendary WGN sports broadcaster, Jack Brickhouse. Dean Richards, who helped locate the footage, is unsure of the year of the interview, but it appears to be from the mid-1960s. During
Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Today I thank you for being a wonderful athlete, role model, and most importantly a human being. It's because of you many young men & women play this game. Thank you Branch Rickey for doing the less popular thing at the but what you knew and felt was right by allowing a black man to break color barriers!!
Branch Rickey should be celebrated as the first owner who cared about winning not about the color of one's skin
of course, and it's been asset management ever since Branch Rickey developed the chain store
If Jackie Robison was a bust, I'm pretty sure everybody would know who Branch Rickey was! Just saying!
Branch Rickey is a must. let me read his copy. Great book.
Adolph Rupp & Branch Rickey - one of several "whaaatt?" moments we had producing a documentary in 2005.
Which stat would you rather have in your league? K/9 or just Ks?
Thanks Jackie, the right person for the moment and of course its a Bruin. Not a Dodger fan, but must applauded Branch Rickey for his daring move in 1947.
Let us remember Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. It took the extreme courage of two men to forever change the world, not just of sport.
Today in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers under manager Branch Rickey
As baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson, we also celebrate Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson and helped get FCA started.
"Never surrender opportunity for security" - Branch Rickey
Nobody ever gives Branch rickey any credit for bringing Jackie Robinson into baseball
Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day but should it not also have been Branch Rickey(the Dodger owner) day he gave Mr. Robinson the chance to play professional baseball or Pee Wee Reese day the captain of the team who stuck up for Mr. Robinson befriended him. At Reese's funeral, Joe Black, another Major League Baseball black pioneer, said, "Pee Wee helped make my boyhood dream come true to play in the majors, the World Series. When Pee Wee reached out to Jackie, all of us in the *** League smiled and said it was the first time that a white guy had accepted us. When I finally got up to Brooklyn, I went to Pee Wee and said, 'Black people love you. When you touched Jackie, you touched all of us.' With Pee Wee, it was No. 1 on his uniform and No. 1 in our hearts."
Teams should honor Branch Rickey along with honoring Jackie Robinson. The two go hand in hand.
Why is it that I feel that baseball should celebrate Branch Rickey instead of Jackie Robinson?
He's a Methodist, I'm a Methodist...and God's a Methodist; we can't go wrong. --Branch Rickey (in 42)
I'm a bit late on this, but thank you Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey.
Branch Rickey was with Willie Mays and the Giants (now in San Francisco, CA,) too.
Brother Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson who this date in 1947 became the 1st African American Major League baseba…
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Always interesting to realize what a very different place the world was not so very long ago and how people of courage, like Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, can change the world.
Thrilled to be after night of fine talk with Branch Rickey III & Douglas Brinkley Bkfst event ahead
Happy belated Jackie Robinson Day! Pioneers like him, Branch Rickey & Roberto Clemente made the world a better place. 42 forever.
Wish there were more men like Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson in today's world! Happy Late to all!!
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Branch Rickey said it best with that statement and that's how I feel..
Problems are the price to pay for progress. Branch Rickey
Not only did Branch Rickey sign Jackie Robinson, he also signed Roberto Clemente and served in WW1 and coached/played baseball AND football
Its sad many many baseball fans don't even know who Branch Rickey is, without his guts/innovation/vision there could be no Jackie Robinson
Branch rickey would have also been responsible for bringing Roberto Clemente to the dodgers but Mr. O' Malley said no...
If we are gonna wear 42 every year to honor Jackie Robinson, every one of these jerseys needs a patch to honor Branch Rickey.
What a great time in not only sports history, but American history. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey…
It's always great to watch baseball on April 15 of Nd and every year. It's Mazing the respect and support for a wonderful player. Thank You Jackie Robinson's for being a class act and bettering Baseball. Thank you Branch Rickey for having belief in change and in Jackie Robinson. There is nothing like seeing all MLB players # 42!! I am lucky to have a family that loves or at least likes sports but I am so glad i have baseball to share with my daughter
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Branch Rickey is hardly ever mentioned on and I imagine that's just how he'd want it.
This is in no way to lessen the impact of Jackie Robinson as a player, no one can dispute his ability, and I feel that credit should be paid to the man who made it possible for Jackie to play in the Major Leagues. Branch Rickey (owner of the Dodgers at the time) risked his own career by signing Jackie Robinson, thus breaking baseball's color barrier, which had been an unwritten rule since the 1880s. This policy had continued under a succession of baseball leaders, including Landis, who was openly opposed to integrating Major League Baseball for what he regarded as legitimate reasons. Landis died in 1944, but Rickey had already set the process in motion, having sought (and gained) approval from the Dodgers Board of Directors in 1943 to begin the search for "the right man". On August 28, 1945, Rickey signed Robinson to a minor league contract. Robinson had been playing in the *** leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs. On October 23, 1945, it was announced that Robinson would join the Montreal Royals, the D . ...
is most happy with all the commemoration of my fellow Bruin, Jackie Robinson, this day. I'm also happy to hear about Branch Rickey's role in making Robinson's break into the Major Leagues. I would like to hear more about Pee Wee Reese's role. As a player, he did much to defend Robinson's right to be there. My late father played h.s. baseball against Reese, the former at Louisville Male High, the latter at Central High. The two schools were arch-rivals. Reese did much to get both players & fans to accept Robinson. To me, Robinson did as much to ameliorate race relations as did MLK, but he was 15 years too early to get the deserved attention, outside of his athletic accomplishments.
Just because it's Jackie Robinson Day does not mean I respect the dodgers. I honor Jackie, branch rickey, and Pee Wee Reese-but BOOO doggers
Scully on Jackie Robinson Day is a must. Last year he critiqued Harrison Ford's portrayal of Branch Rickey, who hired Vin for Brooklyn.
I hereby nominate April 15 as National Methodist Day. The fitting celebrations of Jackie Robison breaking the color barrier in baseball point to Branch Rickey, who fulfilled his decades long pledge to himself to change the way things were. More than 40 years before he was GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers and drafted Robinson, he was head coach for football and baseball at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan. He took his baseball squad to South Bend for a game against Notre Dame in 1903. There, the Oliver Hotel desk clerk refused to accommodate the team, given that catcher Charles Thomas was black. Rickey thought to leave, but then had another idea, ultimately negotiating a cot for his own room on which "Tommy" could sleep. After checking on and settling other players, Rickey entered his room to find Thomas sitting on the bed crying and rubbing his arms and hands, as if his pigment were the problem. His tears and anguish never, never left the devout Rickey. There's more to Rickey and more to his story than one episo . ...
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If you think about it there is no Jackie Robinson Day without branch Rickey
"Luck is the residue of design. "- Branch Rickey . I absolutely love this.
"It took an intelligent man to understand the challenge, it took a man of great courage to accept it." Branch Rickey .
Today might be Jackie Robinson Day, but good to remember Branch Rickey, Larry Doby & many others who helped integrate
Jackie Robinson Day.thank you Jackie, Branch Rickey, ( Leo Durocher and all the Brooklyn Dodgers that had the courage to stand up for something so right.
67 years ago, today, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, playing First Base for Branch Rickey's Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first pro black player since 1889. Winning Rookie Of The Year in 1947, Robinson's stellar career paved the way for the all-inclusive norm of today.
Thank you Branch Rickey for being the change you wanted to see in the world. April 15, 1947
Preface: I posted this much earlier today, but in subsequent readings found an error or two, one a misreading of the box score of Jackie Robinson's first game, which I have here corrected. The second was Apple's sometimes annoying correcting of copy, which you miss, such as turning Branch Rickey into Branch "Rocket." That said, here's the "correct" version: BASEBALL NOTES: TODAY, APRIL 15, EVERY MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER WILL WEAR NUMBER 42, the number Jackie Robinson wore when he became the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues; players will wear that number whether their team is the Cleveland Indians or the lake County Captains, Baltimore Orioles or Bowie Baysox. On that history setting day 67 years ago, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field, Jackie Robinson was hitless in three at bats, but by season’s end, he would have 175 base hits and would be chosen the National League’s Rookie of the Year. Two years later, Mr. Robinson hit .342 f ...
No disrespect to Robinson, but It should be Branch Rickey Day because without him would have never played one game
I understand the whole Jackie Robinson color barrier breakthrough. But why is no credit ever shared publicly, equally in my opinion, about Branch Rickey, the man that signed him, and took an equal gamble on being harassed for his decision to "break the color barrier". Is that not a very big deal?
What about what Branch Rickey did? Shouldn't it be kind of a duel appreciation day?
it is also Branch Rickey day. Without him, Jackie would never have played one game in the majors.
Today we Honor Jackie Robinson. All Major League Players Wear his Number 42 to show and Honor the Man who showed the World that He had the Talent. We can Also thank Branch Rickey and His leadership of the Brooklyn Dodgers. To open the Doors to all Men no matter what their Skin Color. So in Closing Thank you Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. 42
as the Dodgers & Jints get ready to start festivities at Candlestick North, with every player in baseball wearing there is no day i am prouder to be a Dodgers fan. Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey & the Dodgers helped bring civil rights to more Americans.
It looks like Branch Rickey was successful in his attempt to re-name Fleet Walker day, so happy Jackie Robinson Day to all my FB MLB savvy friends !
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Today I am thankful for two courageous men. Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier of baseball with his perseverance and true grit, and Branch Rickey, an edgy baseball executive who realized that opening the game of baseball to blacks would make the game much better. Without these guys we would be without men like the Griffey's, Rickey Henderson, the Upton's, Andrew McCutchens, Willie Mays, and many more!
happy Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson remind us to always do the right thing amidst adversity
Love seeing everyone wearing tonight. GO CARDS!!! All nine of you wearing And.kudos to Branch Rickey who was the guy that actually broke the color barrier. Jackie, Hank, Willie and the others had to prove him right.
Watching 42. Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey saying "you son of a btch" sounds so much like Vince McMahon 😂
Harold Reynolds mentioned Branch Rickey during channel's segment. Good point, he played a big role, too.
Well, it's Jackie Robinson Day around MLB. Is there ever going to be a Branch Rickey day?
67 years ago today Jackie Robinson changed baseball with Branch Rickey
by theacademy "Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie…
Branch Rickey can never be thanked enough. Probably not a civil rights movement if Jackie doesn't play.
As celebrates Jackie Robinson today, read the story of how the legend who signed him helped start
Without BRANCH RICKEY, there would be no Jackie Robinson, Campanella, Newcombe, Mays, Aaron, etc.
Thank you BRANCH RICKEY for having the guts to sign a black man to play Major League Baseball.
“There was never a man in the game who could put mind & muscle together quicker and w better judgment than Jackie Robinson.…
don't you think Branch Rickey deserves some thanks?? If it wasn't for him there would be no Jackie Robinson. Your thoughts?
Loving seeing number 42 on all the ball players in honor of the Great Jackie Robinson's heroic stand against racism in baseball! Dont forget the other hero in this chapter of American Progress - Branch Rickey. He was truly a visionary! Go Rangers!!
Today we celebrate a breakthrough in history. One man who faced difficulties on every aspect in life and another man who went against the norm to create something of his business. Was he motivated by profit? More than likely yes. Is that wrong? I believe No. He made a decision and stood up to bullies and racist as well as his peers. It took faith of which he had a strong conviction and it took the right man to stand behind, and at times push beyond his breaking point and impact history. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey made history. Thank you gentlemen for being strong in the face of adversity and opening up new options for all future generations. Play ball
Today is Jackie Robinson Day at the MLB parks. The message today at Tuesday Boost used the movie 42 to illustrate the taunting and mockery Jesus endured when he was on trial. As the movie shows both Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager, Branch Rickey, and Jackie Robinson were Christians. Mr. Rickey told Jackie he wanted a player who had the guts NOT to fight back. Jackie did endure cruel treatment but he showed that he was both a gentleman and a great ball player. He had the perfect role model.
Here's to Jackie Robinson, to Larry Doby, to Branch Rickey and to Bill Veeck. Politicians may write the legislation, but the bravery of individuals is what makes change possible.
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 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.
Being from Los Angeles and having had two sons born there, I'm one of the most loyal and ardent Dodger fans and I truly appreciate Jackie Robinson, but shouldn't we also have a Branch Rickey day?
After leaving the military, Robinson played shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs in the *** League. In 1945, he was recruited by Dodgers president and general manager Branch Rickey, who was determined to end the unwritten segregation rule in the majors.
Since it's Jackie Robinson Day, I wonder how many of my Portsmouth, Oh friends know who Branch Rickey is and why he's important?
In 1901, John McGraw tried sneaking Charlie Grant onto the Baltimore Orioles of the new American League under the name Charlie Tokohama. In 1942, Bill Veeck wanted to buy the Philadelphia Phillies and stock the roster with *** Leaguers. He gave NL President Ford Frick the heads up, and Frick seized the team out from under him. In 1945, the Boston Red Sox succumbed to pressure from the community and agreed to give Jackie Robinson, Sam Jethroe and Marvin Williams tryouts. They never contacted the players afterward. Finally in 1946, facing pressure from Fiorello Laguardia, Branch Rickey signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm team in Montreal. On April 15 1947, he became the first black major leaguer since Moses Fleetwood Walker played for Toledo in 1884. Baseball integrated a year before the US military did.
It really is sort of fitting April 15 is a big day in sports. IMO, it should be the BIGGEST for Americans. Today we remember the The Boston Marathon attack and not only Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey but all the men and women in athletics having to deal with suffrage and still perform for their families, teammates and themselves. Today we forget what race are or what team we root for to come together in a way America is used to. Today we as fans of American sports are humbled and one big crazy sports family.
"Jackie, we've got no army. There's virtually nobody on our side. No owner, no umpires, very few newspapermen. And I'm afraid that many fans may be hostile. We'll be in a tough position. We can win only if we can convince the world that I am doing this because you're a great ballplayer, and a fine gentleman." -- Branch Rickey to Jackie Robinson
Sure, it's Tax Day, but it's also important for another reason. Thank you, Jackie Robinson (and, let's not forget Branch Rickey, too).
"It is not the Honor that you take with you , rather the Heritage you leave behind" ~Branch Rickey
Thank you Brother Branch Rickey for changing our nation through baseball.. As a Freemason, Branch Rickey treated Jackie on the level and had the wisdom to guide Jackie through racial challenges.. For the good of the order and the good of our nation... Play Ball!! Lets Go Oakland!
Does anyone know of Branch Rickey or what he did…???
Happy Jackie Robinson baseball day everyone. I'm biased with my Dodger fandom, but I say he and Branch Rickey are the two most important people in baseball history.
On this day we celebrate 1 of the biggest milestones in all of Civil Rights I want to say God bless Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey!!!
Before he was No. 42, Jackie Robinson wore No. 23. After his one season in the *** American League, on the appropriate date of October 23 -- he had worn uniform No. 23 as the Monarchs shortstop -- Robinson and, though buried by history, teammate pitcher John Wright both were signed into Organized Baseball by Branch Rickey. He died October 23, 1971.
Baseball is remembering Jackie Robinson today on the anniversary of his breaking the color barrier and changing the face of the game. The honors are well deserved, but I'm frankly bothered by the fact that Branch Rickey, who had the courage to sign Robinson and bring him up to the Dodgers, has hardly been mentioned. Where would baseball be without either one of them?
On this day, everyone is a Dodger's Fan. A big thanks to Branch Rickey for having the courage to stand up against inequality.
Proud to be a Fan! Thank you Jackie and thank you to Branch Rickey for standing on the right side of history. Read more here:
Also a little remembrance for the role Branch Rickey played in bringing Jackie to MLB
On this anniversary day, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge our ZCS Hall of Famer, Dr. Charles Thomas, whose own struggles inspired Branch Rickey to one day sign Jackie Robinson to break the "color line" in Major League Baseball. Dr. Thomas was also duly mentioned in the movie, "42."
No Branch Rickey - no Jackie Robinson. Robinson got the headlines and well deserved but Branch Rickey the real story.
It's Jackie Robinson Day today. In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball's unwritten segregation rules when Branch Rickey, the Great Mahatma of Baseball, brought him up from Montreal to join the Brooklyn Dodgers. He showed everybody what a great man and player he was while enduring unimaginable abuse from foes and even his own teammates. Like Pee Wee Reese told him at Crosley Field, "Jackie one of these days, we'll all wear "42" and then no one can tell us apart!"
Branch Rickey may not be a name many of you recognize, but he was the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed Mr. Jack "Jackie" Roosevelt Robinson to
A time to say and remember Branch Rickey, Larry Doby, Josh Gibson Satchel Paige, and Buck O'Neil also.
Today in History It happened with the Brooklyn Dodgers, when GM Branch Rickey called him up from the minor league. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field and broke the over 50-year color barrier in Major League Baseball. This phenomenon of athletic ability actually stole home base 19 times in his career! He endured discrimination even from his own teammates, going on to become rookie of the year.
Today marks a great day in Baseball history.Thank you Jackie for setting the mark for what is today's game. Also want to thank Branch Rickey for stepping up to the challenge and sticking to his guns.
One of the greatest days in all of baseball. It's Jackie Robinson Day. Every single MLB player today will be wearing the number 42 on their back. Tomorrow, nobody will. Jackie was one of a kind to not only play the game well, but to handle the kind of pressure he handled. "We win if the world is convinced of two things... that you are a fine gentleman, and you are a great baseball player" - Dodgers GM Branch Rickey when he signed Jackie to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
"Roses and sleep are two wonderful things, Burt. But sleep you can get when you're in your casket, and flowers look great on top of it." - Branch Rickey, from the film "42".
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I became a Dodger fan when I was ten years old mainly because I hated the Yankees and especially Mickey Mantle. I was awed by Sandy Koufax as he and the Dodgers tore up the Yankees and Mantle in the 63 series. Little did I know then the place in Baseball history that the Dodgers had. I knew nothing of any color barrier at ten years old. As I got older and saw the unfairness of race all around me, I became more and more proud that I was a dodger fan and for what Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson had started. If not for them, I would not have been able to watch Maury Wills, Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Mariano Rivera, Matt Kemp, Frank Robinson, Derek Jeter, "Big Poppi" and thousands of others work their craft in my living room and at stadiums around the country. Thanks to Branch, Jackie and a country that ultimately welcomes change no matter how begrudgingly at times.
Thank you to Branch Rickey. The man who defied all tradition and rules by bringing Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball, breaking the colour barrier and opening the doors for talented coloured men to finally show the world how good they are on the baseball diamond. Happy Jackie Robinson Day!!
I have to speak my mind here. If the movie 42 is truthful in how everything took place and I admit I really had know idea how it all happened until I saw the movie. Then Branch Rickey deserves just as much love as Jackie gets. Just sayin. Thanks Mr Rickey for having the vision that wasn't bound by black and white color. For having the courage to move forward and being an example that doing the right thing isn't bad, even if it goes against the grain of society. Right is right, good is good regardless of how twisted the world becomes.
Part of the fun of the campaign trail has been seeing some of Scioto County's historical spots. Recently we visited both Roy Rogers and Branch Rickey's childhood homes!
Today is Thursday, April 10, 2014 Today in Sports History 1916 - The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament. 1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced that he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. Robinson was the first African-American player of the modern era. 1961 - Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. 1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium. The Senators lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3 2000 - Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.
Big Shout Out to Branch Rickey. The world needs more men with "gusto."
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