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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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65 years ago today Walter O'Malley took over for Branch Rickey as Dodgers president, world move the team to LA from Brooklyn
October 25, 1955 Branch Rickey steps down as the Pirates' general manager and will be replaced by Joe L. Brown.
It isn't even the Belichick as much as it's the Branch Rickey: better to be a year early than a year late.
"Problems are the price you pay for progress"-Branch Rickey
Actually, author of that great quote was Branch Rickey:
I don't think there are many larger lessons to be found in sports. — Branch Rickey
today named RHP Zach Lee the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year & OF Alex Verdugo the Minor League Player…
70 years ago today Branch Rickey confirms signing of Jackie Robinson assigning him to minor league club in Montreal
in '45, Branch Rickey announced that Brooklyn signed Jackie Robinson to play with Brooklyn's AAA team in 1946.
10/23/1997: The Craig Biggio is named winner of the Branch Rickey Award for outstanding community service
Dodger owner Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson age 26 of the Kansas City Monarchs to a Montreal Royals contract 70 years ago today.
Be our Branch Rickey like in the Movie "42 Jackie Robinson" - Step up for Race Relations & Make Linkedin Sports History together
Seventy years ago today, Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson. The world of baseball got bigger and brighter on Oct 23, 1945.
Thank you Branch Rickey for making history today. Thanks Jackie for signing and changing sports forever.
70 years ago today then Dodgers president Branch Rickey officially announced the historic signing of Jackie Robinson
October 23, 1945 - Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. The 26-year old.
42(2013). In 1946, Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signs Jackie Robinson to the team in defiance of major league
I found out today that one of our doctors' wives is Branch Rickey's granddaughter 😮⚾️
Olive Branch native Rickey Stenhouse Jr. says he'll wear this when he races in Talladega this weekend.
OWU vs DePauw at 7 in VB at Branch Rickey Arena tonight wooo
"The only thing Abner Doubleday ever started was the Civil War." -Branch Rickey
Justine Siegel, 1st woman to be guest instructor w/says of GM Billy Beane: "There is no Jackie Robinson without Branch Rickey."
Jewish Baseball fact: When Barney Pelty of St. Louis Browns threw a 1-hitter against White Sox in 1904, his catcher was Branch Rickey.
nice column. On Yogi: you know Berra didn't sign w/ hometown Cardinals b/c Branch Rickey wouldn't pay him $500 to sign?
'I want a player with the guts not to fight back.' Branch Rickey re Jackie Robinson
Yeah, like Branch Rickey when he ran the Pirates in the early 1950s.
Theo Baseball is making Jim Hendry look like Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey was using analytics. Allan Roth, too. Earnshaw Cook. Love the arrogance of those who think time began with them.
frosh GGG Grandfather George Sisler played for Branch Rickey at Michigan before Hall of Fame
"It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind - Branch Rickey".
This day in 1945 Jackie Robinson meets with Branch Rickey, discussing his integration into MLB.
“Never surrender opportunity for security.” Rickey Branch
7/16/1948: Branch Rickey agrees to deal w/Horace Stoneham to get Leo Durocher to be Giants' manager replacing Mel Ott
Branch Rickey:He's the best prospect I've ever seen.
Ralph Kiner got turned down by Branch Rickey in 1952 for salary increase. Rickey was a cheapskate! Got Clemente from BKLN
"Global thermonuclear warfare is a game of inches" - Branch Rickey
I found this book about Branch Rickey written by a Pulitzer winning author at of all places tonight
Branch Rickey knew about Clemente having been the former Dodger GM; Clemente could have played left with Duke in CF and Furillo in RF.
We wouldn't blame that person..but we would remind what Branch Rickey said to Jackie Robinson.
"Luck is the residue of design, skill is the residue of planning." - Branch Rickey
Were they trying to recreate Branch Rickey signing Jackie Robinson?
Branch Rickey would not approve. Frankie Frisch, however, might.
Now when I bring the Nets, I'm the black Branch Rickey. From Brooklyn corners, burning branches of sticky.
Luck is the residue of design. Branch Rickey :-D
Dodgers lost him to rule 5 draft by Branch Rickey.
My dad did not like that man or Branch Rickey Bing Devine is GM I first remembered
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Pacific Coast League pres. Branch Rickey, grandson of Branch Rickey, who signed Jackie Robinson.
Who can forgive Branch Rickey for leaving New York? He convinced Horace Stoneham & they abandoned all their fans!! Fans were so mad!
May, 28, 1957 NY Giants Baseball Team got ok to move to California! Boy, fans were so mad! Ok, I still never forgave Branch Rickey!
Took me a longtime to forgive Branch Rickey for Giants/Dodgers move!. Come to think of it, HAVE I forgiven Branch Rickey? .
Branch Rickey convinced Giants/Dodgers California Minor Leagues drew bigger CROWDS than NYC, and so they left!! We were so mad!.
Horace Stoneham was the owner of the Giants. Branch Rickey was Dodgers. Took me a long time to forgive them!
Name was Branch Rickey. The Dodger & Giant fans became Mets fans. They called them "the new breed!!"
Branch Rickey told Giants/Dodgers Calif Minor Leagues drew bigger teams than NYC. Took longtime to forgive them/him!!
PCL President Branch Rickey III: "Mayor Dean saw the vision and realized what could happen here at Sulphur Dell."
A photo of Branch Rickey from the front page of a 1919 issue of the Sporting News.
Read how the man who signed Jackie Robinson helped in founding FCA
The had Roberto Clemente in their minor league system & Branch Rickey, now with thw picked him in the Rule 5 draft.
Law Alum Branch Rickey recruited Jackie Robinson to MLB. I am proud to be a Michigan Wolverine.
Students in deep discussion about Branch Rickey's Noble Experiment.
Does JJ Abrams think we're stupid? Having the actor who played Branch Rickey as a hot shot star pilot? SMDH
great! I am in Branch Rickey 2nd floor. Hope to see you. We have juniors on campus so i have a presentation at 1.
Branch Rickey was played marvelously by Harrison Ford. in !
Branch Rickey is buried down road from me, Ohio born hired
When we moved to OH a businessman from church befriended my father. He offhandedly remarked that his college roommate was B…
I was thinking the same thing last night, Branch Rickey doesn't get enough respect.
How about some love for Branch Rickey Like you he doesn't get enough respect
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Branch Rickey was the one who gave him the job though
Wish there could be more Branch Rickey recognition. He displayed great courage as well. No Jackie without Branch.
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We are in desperate need of some ferocious Christian gentlemen like Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson
Every April 15 I repost this piece written by about Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. A must read.
Today in 1947 Branch Rickey announced the Brooklyn Dodgers were purchasing the contract of Jackie Robinson:
Today in 1947, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that Jackie Robinson had signed with the team. 👨🏾⚾️
1947: Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals
Jimmy Breslin took this on in his biography of Branch Rickey. Lots of contempt for sports media too.
Branch Rickey wasn't perfect but you gotta give him his props
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Did you know that Branch Rickey invented "Moneyball in an August 2, 1954 Life Magazine article:
"Branch Rickey is the only real genius baseball ever had." -- Bill James
Did you know that Branch Rickey invented money ball in 1954?
"Branch Rickey is the only real genius baseball every had." -- Bill James
Don't worry about yourself. Worry about the team. If the team is successful, you will be successful. -Branch Rickey ht…
Luck is the residue of design. Branch Rickey wow
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?
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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).
I hope there comes a time when baseball fans speak my name in the same breath as John McGraw, Branch Rickey, and George Steinbrenner
. 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.
When talking about how Branch Rickey traded for a broadcaster, Josh Lewin said: "No, we can't trade Howie for a shortstop."
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
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
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Your negative comments towards Branch Rickey just goes to show you that you don't know anything about Baseball. Stick to Comedy.
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
So grateful to .for his work to help kids w cancer. Vote for him to WIN Branch Rickey humanitarian award!.
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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
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"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.
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.
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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
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 ***
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 ...
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.
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''.
But Branch Rickey 👏 do what you want no matter what anyone else thinks👌
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.
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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…
*ATTENTION* LAST DAY Please Share - EXPIRES TODAY 4/16/14 3:30pm 2 Anchor Fitness Specials For Yesterday's April 15th Date Anchor Final Tax Day Special...Did you wait till the last minute too?? Time is ticking - money might be tight but we can still get your body right. 8 Wk Go Lean for 2014 UNLIMITED Adrenaline Boot Camp Classes ONLY M/W/F 5am, Mon/Wed 5pm; Tues/Thus 4am. Plus CHALLENGES $175 plus $25 for pot Payment plans avail w/an additional $25 fee OR What day is April 15? Most people, would say that April 15 is Income Tax Day, when state and federal income taxes are due. April 15, however, is also Jackie Robinson Day, the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Most people know the basics about Jackie Robinson, recently shown in the movie “42.” He was a graduate of UCLA and a *** Leagues baseball player whom Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey picked to become the first Black major-league baseball player of modern times. While spectators in many cities and pl .. ...
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.
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