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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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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.
'Jesus Christ was the strongest man who ever lived because He was strong enough to turn the other cheek' - Branch Rickey
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!!
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
Harrison Ford spills in here, what I think is great tip for screenwriters, filmmakers
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 . ...
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 is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” ~ Branch Rickey
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 !
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
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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.
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“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
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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.
Being a die hard GIANTS fan and all around baseball fan I think its important that we recognize and remember Jackie Robinson, The first man to break the color barrier in baseball. Its Jackie Robinson Day today and the GIANTS have the honor of hosting and playing the Dodgers tonight, the team he broke into the league with and played Hall of Fame baseball for for years. A great man and a great player. Even though I hate the Dodgers I appreciate what then LA Dodgers president Branch Rickey did for him and baseball in 1947. If Im correct today everybody in the league will be wearing his retired number 42 in his honor. Good stuff. GO GIANTS... BEAT LA!
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".
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."
Luck is the residue of design. Branch Rickey,
He inspired me as a human being...despite the obstacles and troubling times...he persevered and succeeded...Where would any of us be without Jackie Robinson...What a burden to carry...He must of been chosen by God...Thanks Branch Rickey...
This wednesday, Jazzman's is sponsoring a coupon giveaway to the first 50 students to arrive at game at 4 p.m. @ Branch Rickey Park
Does Cards GM John Mozeliak wear the bow ties in honor of former GM Branch Rickey?
New support for my proposal that April 15 be the feast of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, even if they are Methodists?
"Sweat is the greatest solvent for problems."---Branch Rickey. How much time are YOU spending in the…
Wow- just finished watching the biopic 42.. About Jackie Robinson, my son has a report on him. What a beautiful movie, we laughed, cried, covered his ears(lol) and he saw how God/bible/Grace was mentioned so much because of the General Manger Branch Rickey, who continued believing in God's grace for mankind.. So blessed to be doing a report on such a great man/baseball player who let God use him to change the world, despite all the disrespect he endured, he never lost respect for himself! What a awesome example my son can learn from, when you chose to let God's grace and love take you to great heights.. ❤⚾
Intuition is our subconscious reaction in times of stress- Branch Rickey
Jackie Robinson: “You want a player who doesn’t have the guts to fight back?” Branch Rickey: “No. I want a player who’s got the guts not to fight back.” Jackie Robinson: “You give me a uniform, you give me a number on my back, I’ll give you the guts.”
My grandmother once told me why the dodgers are great. She said Branch Rickey..and Koufax:)
"Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late." Branch Rickey
Book Review: 'Mover and Shaker' by Andy McCue Walter O'Malley not only moved the Dodgers to L.A. but persuaded the Giants' owner to move to San Francisco. By Paul Dickson April 4, 2014 I grew up just outside of New York City, in the years before the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants headed west. I learned about baseball from a great-grandfather from Brooklyn, who had once been a business partner of Charlie Ebbets (the man who built Ebbets Field, home grounds of the Brooklyn Dodgers). So I approached "Mover and Shaker," Andy McCue's biography of the Dodgers owner who moved the team to Los Angeles, with a chip on my shoulder. The chip was not for Mr. McCue but for Walter O'Malley (1903–79), a man reviled by several generations of New Yorkers. For some, the chip is the size of a log from the Petrified Forest. Peter Golenbock's "Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers" (1984) includes journalist Jack Newfield's account of the time he suggested an experiment to fellow scribe and Brooklyn native Pete ...
“Success is that place in the road where preparation meets opportunity.” ~Branch Rickey
Scene from the 28th annual draft of the Branch Rickey Memorial Rotisserie League.
how does Branch Rickey not have lung cancer
"If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit." - Branch Rickey
Yes and very similar to something Branch rickey said.
Great read. Patrick McCarty for on CrossFit HQ's handling of Chloie Jonsson competing in the Open.
Branch Rickey to Ralph Kiner: "We finished last with you, we can finish last without you."
Branch Rickey was equally impressive through it all. His insight & toughness truly helped Jackie through the difficulties he faced.
What do you guys think about a new companion show to the Wax Pack Party called Full Set Fiesta? I'll go through all my sets front to back
Watching 42 and as Branch Rickey says "One more win" to clinch pennant standings on the chalkboard behind him say otherwise.
Quincy Morris should've auditioned to play Branch Rickey in 42
Branch Rickey changed the game of baseball forever.
"Dollars arent black and white.they are green." Branch Rickey
I'm watching "42" and I'm wondering why Harrison Ford chose to play Branch Rickey as David Letterman?!?!
Today in Baseball History -- April 1 -- from Mary Landers ... 1914 -- Rube Waddell, who once struck out a record 349 batters in one season, dies of tuberculosis at age 37. The eccentric Hall of Fame right-hander compiled a 193-143 (.574) record along with an ERA of 2.16 during his 13 seasons spent with the Colonels, A's, Pirates and Browns. 1937 -- The Reds sell Babe Herman to the Tigers. The 34-year outfielder, batting .300 for his new team, will appear in only 17 contests with Detroit before effectively retiring from the game, although he will return to play briefly for the war-time Dodgers in 1945. 1938 -- Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, not a fan of Branch Rickey's farm system, grants free agency to a group of nine Cardinal minor leaguers that includes Pete Reiser. A reported gentlemen's agreement, that has Brooklyn signing and hiding the 19-year old in the low minors to be traded back to St. Louis at a later date, doesn't work when Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher disobeys orders allowing the phen ...
It's Baseball Opening Day, 2014, a fine time to hail baseball pioneer Larry Doby. Everybody knows the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color line in Major League Baseball. Doby deserves the same honor. Lawrence Doby was born in Camden, SC in the peak of the Jim Crow years. After his father, a stablehand for wealthy whites, died, he moved with his mother to Patterson, NJ, where he won 12 letters in high school sports. After serving in the segregated US Navy during World War 2, he became a star of the Newark Eagles in the National *** League. Less than three months after Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut for the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers, Larry Doby took the field for Bill Veeck's Cleveland Indians, becoming the second Black player in the majors in the modern era and the first in the American League. Veeck had been trying to get permission to integrate his team for years. He was a much less austere and deliberate man than Dodgers' owner, Branch Rickey (just google Eddie Gaedel), and bro . ...
Here is Jackie Robinson's 1950 farewell to Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey--thanks for "all you have meant": http:/…
My favorite player All-Time, one ahead of Rickey Henderson. Not many people remember Clemente played for the Montreal Royals; the Canadian Pacific Minor League team for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the original 1st Rule 5 Draft Pick when Branch Rickey went on to become GM of the Pittsburg Pirates in 1953.
I love inspirational movies based on true stories! My new favorite is 42, the biographical sports film about Jackie Robinson being the first African American to break the baseball color barrier. Harrison Ford is awesome as Branch Rickey!!
It was fun watching the Academy Awards with Joshua. Captain Phillips was the only Best Picture nominee he actually saw (because he wanted to see a pirate movie) so he got excited every time it was named in a category. When he saw that the real Captain Phillips was in attendance, Joshua thought it was unfair that the real pirate could not be there as well. When Harrison Ford presented the award, Joshua said "hey, it's Branch Rickey". Then I asked, do you know who else he is? Joshua said, Yes, Hans Solo, Indiana Jones and Deckard in Blade Runner... I know".
Anyone who knows me also knows that I am a huge baseball fan. I never grow tired of it. I say this because I finally got to see the movie '42' from start to finish. We should never forget how brave Jackie Robinson was, and we should remember that Branch Rickey was the brave and great man who made it possible.
If Burgess Meredith and Lewis Black had a baby it would be Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey.
It was nice to see Harrison Ford workshop his Branch Rickey character in 42 tho.
Watching once again. Great! Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and Pee Wee Reese. Steal home they're too busy being haters.
"It's alright. He can take it. God built him to last." - Branch Rickey
guess I'll write my paper on Branch Rickey since Seth took Jackie Robinson.
'the residue of design', as Dodger president Branch Rickey called it.
JP came in, fired a ton of people, told anyone who'd listen that they were morons and he was the next Branch Rickey.
What's with Branch Rickey? . Who names their kid "Branch." . It wasn't bad enough that his surname was what most people consider a first name?
"I want a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back!" -Branch Rickey
"Luck is the residue of design." Branch Rickey - former owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team
"Your enemy will be out in force, but you cannot meet him on his own low ground" - Branch Rickey
Phillies Phact: Herb Pennock told Branch Rickey in 1947 the would refuse to play the if Jackie Robinson took the field.
6-5 loss to the Pirates. Time to panic?
it'd be like when Branch Rickey gave that midget a cup of coffee in the majors. And he ended up with a 1.000 OBP !
Branch Rickey sure seemed to be so involved with the Dodgers.
I enjoyed it a lot great story branch Rickey was an all time great as was Jackie
When Branch Rickey has that scene where he pumps up Jackie in 42, it gets me juiced
Thank God for people like Branch Rickey! Only trying to do right by God and man! Not a perfect man! Just trying to do right! Alleluia!
"Put the natural fear of god in them." - Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey: You think GOD likes Baseball, Herb? Herb Pennock: what? What the *** is that suppose to mean? Branch Rickey: It means someday you're gonna meet GOD, and when he inquires as to why you didn't take the field against Robinson in Philadelphia , and your answer that it's because he was a *** it may not be a sufficient reply! -quote from the movie 42 Jackie Robinson. Awesome movie!!
Not watching the Oscars this year because Harrison Ford got overlooked by the Academy. He was amazing as Branch Rickey in 42.
The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race. (Branch Rickey)
Branch Rickey, chose Jackie Robinson as 1st black major league player: "He is a Methodist, I'm a Methodist. God is a Methodist. Find him!"
be a distraction? Of course it will be. Why do you think Branch Rickey waited until Jackie Robinson came around?
And that's a shame. I'm not asking any NFL GM to be Branch Rickey, just to judge him on his ability. That's it. That's all.
Legendary scout Charley Barrett was the person most responsible for finding enough talent to stock Branch Rickey's farm system.
"I see he resents segregation. If he were white, they'd call that spirit." Branch Rickey, 42. Quickly becoming my favorite sports movie
Jackie, they’re not: When Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn DodgersGeneral Manager, decided to break baseball’s co...
"Luck is the residue of preparation." -Branch Rickey.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie Robinson, single-handedly raised Jackie and her four other children. They were the only black family on their block, and the prejudice they encountered only strengthened their bond. From this humble beginning would grow the first baseball player to break Major League Baseball's color barrier that segregated the sport for more than 50 years. Growing up in a large, single-parent family, Jackie excelled early at all sports and learned to make his own way in life. At UCLA, Jackie became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. In 1941, he was named to the All-American football team. Due to financial difficulties, he was forced to leave college, and eventually decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. After two years in the army, he had progressed to second lieutenant. Jackie's army career was cut short when he was court-martialed in relation to his obj ...
1. The Cardinals were the first to do what? a. Broadcast games on radio b. Contract with Minor League clubs to produce talent exclusively for the Cardinals forming first modern farm system c. have public spring training ans b. Cards GM Branch Rickey…
Check out little known facts in Black History! Jesse Owens African-American baseball legend Jackie Robinson had an older brother, Matthew, who won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1936 Olympics. He came in second to Jesse Owens. Fact Branch Rickey offered future Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson the contract that integrated professional baseball, he personally tested Robinson's reactions to the racial slurs and insults he knew the player would endure. Fact Robinson After retiring from baseball, Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson helped establish the African American-owned and -controlled Freedom Bank. Fact 1944 in Fort Hood, Texas, future baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who was serving as a lieutenant for the U.S. Army at the time, refused to give up his seat and move to the back of a bus when ordered to by the driver. Robinson dealt with racial slurs and was court-martialed, but was ultimately acquitted. His excellent reputation, combined with the united efforts of friends, the NAACP and various black ...
Colin remind people who Branch Rickey was. GM 4 BK Dodgers1943 who hired Jackie Robinson!
Jackie Robinson. "Why are you doing this ? " , Branch Rickey." I want you to worry those pitchers till they come apart,run as you see fit,sometimes you'll get caught, but it doesn't matter.Just run those bases like the devil himself.Put the natural fear of God in them ."
Last weekend was a good one for the Bears as we took three out of four from the competition in our home openers at Branch Rickey Park. Saturday, we beat Baldwin-Wallace and our good friend, head coach and SSU Hall of Fame member Brian Harrison, 9-0 in a game that saw Derek Moore throw his second consecutive complete game shutout. In game two on Saturday, the Bears were able to overcome Concordia (MI) 14-5. Overall, the bats came alive on Saturday as the offense pounded out 25 hits on the day. Dan Katayama was 5/7 on the day, Brady Hightchew was 4/7, and Todd Queener and Brady Page were each 4/8 on the day. Saturday also saw the Bears reach a milestone as they played their 1,000th game in school history. Sunday's opener was a loss to Concordia but the Bears bounced back with a 5-0 in the finale to earn the series win. Cody Strayer fired a 3 hit shutout to earn his first victory of the year. Page and Katayama continued their hot hitting by going 3/5 and 3/6 respectively on the day. The win moves the ...
"I don't know who he is. Or where he is. But he's coming."-Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in 42. Probably the greatest sports movie ever made
I still don't get why Branch Rickey sounds like Batman, tho.
Jimmy Breslin perfectly summed up the organization on page 91 of his book on Branch Rickey. Not much has changed,
those are absolutley fantastic..recall Branch Rickey talking about taking boats across for games - awesome photos
wins it and I'm back to reading Lee Lowenfish's brilliant biography of Branch Rickey.
42 is an awesome movie! I have seen it several times and the most amazing part of the story is, there were probably 100 or more black players as good as Robinson. But out of those players, how many could have done what he did? And how fortunate that Branch Rickey chose Jackie Robinson. If you have not seen 42, I highly recommend it!
Senior Brian Lebowitz and the rest of the Lords basketball team will take on Ohio Wesleyan University in the first round of the NCAC Tournament. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. tonight at Branch Rickey Arena.
The world is filled with unfortunate souls who didn’t hear opportunity’s knock at the door because they were down at the convenience store buying lottery tickets. They have never learned that, as Branch Rickey, General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1942–50, once observed, “Luck is the residue of design.” You will be surprised how much your luck will improve when you make sure you are prepared to take advantage of opportunities. How many times have you had a great idea that you failed to act upon, only to discover later that someone used the same idea to start a business, get a promotion, or find a better job? Resolve now to get into action when you have a good idea. Don’t wait for something to happen — make it happen!
Attention all Baseball fans -- Next Week Wednesday, March 5th - Branch Rickey, III will be speaking at the Metropolitan Breakfast Club. To learn more visit
This has been the worst Black History Month of my life this is suppose to be a month when we celebrate our heritage and look forward towards our future; but for me it was over shadowed by people like Zimmerman trying to exploit the fame he received for killing a young black man by trying to participate in a "Celebrity" boxing match for profit, people like Micheal Dunn who gets convicted for attempted murder for the 3 young black people he didn't kill but was acquitted for the 1 he did; My heart cries out for people like Alferd Wright who was clearly murdered for some ignorant racial bigotry for being married to a white woman. I can't say I am proud to be an american because how can I? "Sympathy is a greek word it means to suffer I sympathize with you means I suffer with you" - Branch Rickey
Its now October 23 1945, I have accepted the offer from Branch Rickey and today I am signing a contract to play on the Montreal Royals of the interNational League. Happy to say that along with this I get to receive a bonus of $3,500 and a $600 monthly salary. What Mr. Rickey has in store for me I have yet to find out. info also from
Celestial Lodge Above Author: Jim Harrison of Park Lodge (Canada) Over the centuries many well known men have been members of our Noble Craft. For a few moments, please allow your imaginations to run wild and consider what may take place at the Installation of The Celestial Lodge, otherwise known as the Grand Lodge Above. Even though it was late fall, there was a warm breeze blowing and the sun was setting behind the Lodge Hall. Gathered in the parking lot filled with their works were Bros Henry Ford, Ransom Olds, Walter Chrysler, John Willys and Andre Citroen. The only vehicle missing was Bro Hart Massey's tractor. Greeting members in the entrance hall was Bro Cliff Arquette of Charley Weaver fame and Bro Ed Wynn. In the boardroom, a group of senior DeMolays were gathered including Bros Walter Disney, Chet Huntley, Wendell Corey, Van Johnson, Robert Cummings, John Steinbeck, Fred McMurray and John Cameron Swayze. King Gillette, razor in hand, passed the lodge caretaker who was having a minor problem with ...
It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey Good things, when short, are twice as good. ~Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, translated from Spanish It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books - what other men do not say in whole books. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~Thomas Jefferson My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart A sentence should contain no unne ...
We compare the 42 movie to the 42 true story as we examine the real Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, Rachel Isum and other characters from the movie.
I've reached the point in the Branch Rickey bio where he departs Ann Arbor for St. Louis to manage the Browns.
In the Jakie Robinson movie 42 Branch Rickey explains that the word Sympathy is Greek for I suffer with you. I am proud that Jason Collins and Michael Sam are standing up for who they are. You don't have to agree with someones life style but I wish other people would be honest about who they are regardless of there sexual orientation. ~David Lopez
Saw the movie 42 today. Incredible courage by Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. My hat is off to Mr. Robinson!
In the spirit of Black History Month, I want to re-iterate that Jackie Robinson achieved true greatness. If you haven't seen the movie 42, I highly recommend you do. The man had the courage to not fight with the ignorant and to show them what he was made of. It also shows what a great American hero Branch Rickey was.
For those who haven't seen the movie 42, it's a must see! This is a piece containing a "Historical"/"Ahead of his time" speech by Harrison Ford, who play the Brooklyn Dodgers Manager Branch Rickey!!
The movie, 42, has so much profound meaning in it in so many ways. My grandparents came over from Poland to escape the racism and discrimination we know as the Holocaust...all while our country had a few people like Branch Rickey who believed change could happen even if you have to force it down their throats. Thank you to those few who helped force it down their throats. We wouldn't be where we are today without them.
Religion aside, I think Branch Rickey would have been a cool guy to work for
Which NFL owner (and team) is willing to be the next Branch Rickey leading the NFL into a new age of openness and acceptance? Michael Sam deserves to be drafted and his orientation has nothing to do with it. Come on NFL owners and managers...someone step up and lead the way.
OWU Women's Basketball Team Coached by Stacey Ungashick Lobdell Beat the Team in THE COUNTRY ! Delaware, Ohio - For the second time this season, DePauw's top-ranked women found themselves down by 15 to Ohio Wesleyan, but this time the Tigers' comeback was thwarted by the Battling Bishops as Ohio Wesleyan took a 65-64 North Coast Athletic Conference victory in the Branch Rickey Arena. With the loss, DePauw's 58-game win streak came to an end as did its NCAA Division III record 30-game road streak. It also marked the end of the Tigers' 77-game regular season string and its 55-game conference streak.
Finally saw "42" excellent story told and a good movie. Branch Rickey is my kind of people.
I have never been a big fan of baseball, but took the opportunity today to watch 42. What a TERRIFIC story of Jackie Robinson, and his integration in to big league baseball. The hatred and bigotry he had to endure was one of the ugliest moments in American sports history. Branch Rickey deserves the utmost of respect for breaking the glass ceiling, and having the moral courage to sign Jackie to the Brooklyn Dodgers. I respect baseball more today after watching this movie than ever before.
Watching 42... It infuriates me even more that we are here going on 50 years after Branch Rickey had the guts and good sense to give Jackie Robinson an opportunity and the NFL feels it necessary to even have discussion about implementing a rule regarding a racial slur... Very sad indeed.
My fantasy dinner would have to include both, Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey.
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Chapter 4 I now know Branch Rickey because he has signed me to play for his baseball team, the Brooklyn Dodgers! It is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, other than my wife of coarse. Playing Major League Baseball is extremely difficult, and I'm not talking about the baseball part. The fans, opponents, and even my own teammates scoff at me just because of my skin color. I don't know how much more I can take. I mean I have more to worry about, like my wife's pregnancy and her unrelated fevers.
Chapter 3 A man named Branch Rickey has signed me to play for a black team of Montreal. I am honored to play for him and to get to know him as I transition into playing for a black team and bettering my skills. I can only wonder what Mr. Rickey's intentions are in putting me on this team...
Chapter 2 Even though I don't know him yet, Branch Rickey is a great man. He stood up for his black college baseball player when rejected to sleep in a hotel. He threatened to take his business elsewhere but then compromised on having him sleep on a cot in Mr. Branch's own room. He then let the young man know that one day the color of his skin won't matter. Why can't we have more white people like him?
Santa Post # 5, "all things are possible". (This is a little over a 3 minute read. I think you will find it worthwhile.) Santa watched the movie today entitled "42". The movie is about Jackie Robinson the first black Major League Baseball player and what he and the Brooklyn Dodgers Owner Branch Rickey did for baseball. The physical story line centers around the segregation/racial issue and the challenge America faced as a Nation post WW II and whatever our countries impact would be on a future world. For Santa the key point in the movie is when Jackie Robinson asks Rickey "Why", why did he take the chance on him the real story. In a point of lament Rickey confesses to Robinson that when he was in college some 40 years ago that he let down a fellow ball player who was black and he recognized he couldn't change that time but he could change the NOW time. Many will only see this as a great baseball movie or a movie about the progression of America in its evolution in race relations and miss the wonderful AL ...
Just watched the Jackie Robinson movie..that Branch Rickey was a great man!! If it wasnt for him talkn blving n backin Jackie Robinson.
Big day for OWU Basketball - women and men vs. Depauw at Branch Rickey - GO BISHOPS!
Been watching the movie 42 on HBO. Racism in the early years of baseball - made me cringe. But I have to admire those who stood by Jackie Robinson publicly - PeeWee Reese, Branch Rickey, Ralph Branca, & Red Barber - that can't have been easy. Jackie Robinson proved his worth - he was awesome!! Powerful message & great film.
It's Game Day! The Cardinals take on NCAA Division III Baldwin Wallace University in Game 1 at 1pm with Sr. 1B/LHP Nate McHugh (Garden City, MI) taking the mound. Game 2 sees Sr. RHP Tyler Holloway (Pendleton, IN) take on the Bears from Shawnee State University. This weekend's games will be held at legendary Branch Rickey Park! Pictures to follow! Live Gamecast and Radio feed can be accessed at Go Cards!
Whatching 42 for the first time. JR was the right man and kudos to Branch Rickey.
Black History Month: Ok, next on our list of non-black Americans who assisted, and supported blacks in this country is BRANCH RICKEY. He was born in Stockdale Ohio, on December 20, 1881. He was raised in a strict religious setting, one that would become a distinguishing trait of his later baseball career. After graduating from Weslyan University in 1904, he joined the Dallas baseball team in the Texas league, and was picked up at the end of the season by the Cincinnati Reds. He was quickly dropped from the team because he refused to play on Sunday. { imagine that!} LOL..After his short baseball career, he went back to school, graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1911. Two years later, he found himself back in baseball, this time as the field manager of the St. Louis Browns. He later signed a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, first as president, then field manager, and then finally General Manager. Rickey left the Cardinals in 1943, and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as president an ...
WANT TO WIN MONEY, MONEY, MONEY?! JOIN "RELAY FOR LIFE" AT THE OWU BASKETBALL GAME on SATURDAY (2/22), 3PM. Don't forget, if you are free on Saturday afternoon, to come join us at Branch Rickey Arena on the OWU campus. Relay for Life of Delaware and Relay for Life of OWU will be joining forces to spread the word about Relay 2014, and we will be holding a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for our Relay events. At halftime, "yours truly" will be taking "center court" to chat up the throngs of cheering OWU and Baldwin-Wallace basketball fans and get then to open their calendars (and their wallets, we hope!) to join our March 21 (OWU) and May 30 (Delaware) Relay events. For volunteers, please try to arrive by ~2:30pm to help set up. I plan on arriving ~2:15pm so I can discuss procedures with the game announcer for halftime and any other "shout-outs" he/she can give us! See you there or soon!
Man may penetrate the outer reaches of the universe, he may solve the very secret of eternity itself, but for me the ultimate human experience is to witness the flawless execution of the hit-and-run. -Branch Rickey
Miss a day, miss a lot! My bad, sorry folks. On February 20 in Base Ball History... 1929 - The Red Sox announce the team will play its newly allowed Sunday games at Braves Field. Fenway Park is considered too close to a church. 1943 - Phil Wrigley and Branch Rickey charter the All-American Girls Softball League. The league will operate around the Chicago area and is formed as a sports backup in case the government shuts down Major League Baseball. The league will later change its name and switch to hardball with a pitching distance of 40 feet and bases 68 feet apart. 1953 - Pledging not to move the team from St. Louis, beer baron August A. Busch convinces the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch to purchase the Cardinals for $3.75 million.
Oberlin athletes taking part in the conference’s Branch Rickey Mentor Program are gaining experience in athletics administration and making their voices heard.
BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Hello I was the first African American professional football player. I was born February 3, 1879, in Cloverdale, Virginia. My family moved to Wooster, Ohio, where I attended Wooster High School and participated in organizing and establishing the first varsity football team. I played right halfback and served as team captain on a squad that had no losses that year. In1901, I entered the College of Wooster. Rather than playing football for the college, I played for the town’s amateur football team – the Wooster Athletic Association, where I earned the nickname of the “Black Cyclone from Wooster. In 1904, I signed a contract with the Shelby Athletic Club, later the Shelby Blues. With that contract, I became the first professional African American football player. I played on the team with Branch Rickey, the Ohio Wesleyan University student and future Brooklyn Dodger owner who would sign Jackie Robinson to integrate Major League Baseball in 1947. Like other players who integrated s ...
Watched "Number 42" last night! So much there about transformation in it! Deep change happens in people and Major League Baseball. Saw lots of bravery and courage not to return violence and abuse when it's ruthlessly pounding on you. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey—what partners!
The program is named for Branch Rickey, a baseball executive and hall of famer, who signed on Jackie Robinson to become the first black to play on a contemporary Major League Baseball team.
The final chapter in the saga of equal rights on public transportation follows: One of my favorite radio hosts was the story teller, Paul Harvey. For years he would tell the story and then go on to tell the part of the story that no one had ever heard before, ending his broadcast with the words, “So now you know the rest of the story.” Well, now you’ve heard a good bit about the issue of segregation on public transportation beginning in 1854 with Elizabeth Jennings and culminating with the history making case of Rosa Parks in 1954. But have you heard “the rest of the story?” Little is know of the later life of Elizabeth Jennings other than she married Charles Graham and they had one son. The boy died during the New York City draft riots of 1863 and in the midst of that debacle the Grahams had to bury their son. With the help of a white undertaker, they moved cautiously through the riotous streets to Cyprus Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn. The funeral was conducted by Reverend Morgan Dix, whose fa ...
Shane Victorino ( the warrior of the sox) Outfielder Red Sox Aka the Flyin Hawaiian Had to work hard to get in the big leagues, he was selected in the rule 5 draft twice . Branch Rickey award 2011 Lou Gehrig award 2008 2x world champ Last name is Victorine, government spelled his great-great-grandfathers name with an O instead of an E and it became Victorino.
just watched42 for the secondtime, extraordinary movie extremely well-acted. never though Harrison Ford could best Hans Solo ut his portrayal of Branch Rickey was spot-on. gal that played Rachel was a cutie--that lady had more guts n tenacity than Jack for having to sit in the stands and listen to the incredibly disparaging remarks. definitely rock throughout that 1947 season Chris Meloni (law 'n order as Leo'the lip' Durocher was pretty good too but paled compared to Ford. if u call yourself a baseball fan and haven't seen this movie, shame on you.(y) (y) (y)
A question for the Star Wars fans out there: when the movie first came out all those years ago, did anyone think that the man who played Han Solo would have the best acting career of the entire cast? I just finished watching 42 and some of Harrison Ford's work as Branch Rickey was amazing.
Watched 42 again.and thumbs up to Branch Rickey.. .2014..PQP
Mountain Landis & Branch Rickey...let us count the ways!
Black History Month Fact of the Day In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he is signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers by Branch Rickey.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Just a year after his birth, his mother moved him and his four siblings to Pasadena, California after Jackie's father deserted them. Jackie had a passion for sports at an early age and played football, baseball, basketball, and track for UCLA (The University of California at Los Angeles). He would become the first person in the history of UCLA to earn varsity letters in four different sports. He excelled in all four sports and led the Pacific Coast Conference (now the Pac-10) in scoring as a basketball player. Furthermore, he was a national champion long jumper. In 1941, however, Jackie left college because of financial difficulties and joined the U.S. Army. Robinson became first lieutenent of the 761st Tank Battalion, a group of Black soldiers. By federal law, Black soldiers were not allowed to fight alongside White soldiers. Robinson, however, never accompanied the battalion in combat. He was court-martialed for refusing an order from a bus ...
Quote of the day by Branch Rickey (the baseball executive who signed Jackie Robinson): "Luck is the residue of design."
“Pointing to the mutual envy of businessmen and politicians who are often out of their field in each other's area,, the author quotes the wisdom, "A wise shoemaker sticks to his trade and maintains a mouthful of nails.” ― Jimmy Breslin, Branch Rickey
Watching the movie 42. Makes me want to punch the white folk in the face. Just as owner branch Rickey said. Dollars are not black and white they are green.
The movie - 42 has my two thumbs up. Not because it's a movie for those who really know me. It's not because it's JUST another baseball movie. But the way it's portrayed. It had God within the story of this movie. How people's conduct an how God doesn't approve of people who wasn't for race in baseball or in general. Branch Rickey stood for his Lord and showed that anyone could play ball!. That's my two cents aside that great baseball movie about a great player!
Bill Bunkley's This Is Something to Think About 02/18/14 “100 Years” That’s how long since Branch Rickey, the same Branch Rickey central in the Jackie Robinson story, accepted St. Petersburg’s Al Lang’s offer of free lodging if he would bring his St. Louis Browns to town to play ball. Read @
And after eight years of having a president declared off limits to criticism, the left would have us elect another one, Hillary Clinton. The media has already made its pronouncements about what is acceptable and not acceptable to discuss, basically placing her beyond reach by establishing that any criticism is an attack on her gender, and thus, "mysoginistic sexism." Great. I'll say it again. If a candidate for president cannot be criticized, for whatever reason, then they should be eliminated from consideration for the position. So if the left wants to say a minority or woman is off limits from criticism, they are essentially saying minorities and women can't be president. Is that really your message? Thank heavens Branch Rickey didn't think like the left; baseball might have been all-white for another couple of decades.
Just saw "42" for the first time tonight. It's A FAIL! A movie about Jackie Robinson should be better than that. Period! Maybe I'm just jaded and expect more from a Hollywood production. But this movie fails on every level to deliver the importance and impact this man had on the game of baseball. Heck, I think this film should be more about the story of Branch Rickey bringing Mr. Robinson to Major League Baseball. Just my opinion.
I finally watched "42" the movie about Jackie Robinson. Suffocating hate! Thank you Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey for all that you did!
Watching 42. What a truly great movie. I have so much love and respect Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. Those 2 were some amazing strong men.
Roxanne Wilder interviews both Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman about their roles as Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson in the film 42
This Week in MLB History - Third Week in February -- from Mary Landers ... On Feb. 20, 1943, Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley and Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey drew up the charter for the All-American Girls Softball League, which eventually became the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. One of the AAGPBL's stars, Vivian Kellogg, wore the glove and used the suitcase pictured here during her years in the league. The AAGPBL, originally conceived in the belief that the Major Leagues would suspend play because of World War II, operated from 1943 to 1954. After struggling through poor attendance in its early seasons, the league drew over 1 million fans in 1948. The AAGPBL drew renewed interest when the league became the subject of the popular film "A League of Their Own" in 1992.
Not a big Oscar's but I think Harrison Ford should have received a nomination for his portrayal of Branch Rickey in "42"
Branch Rickey was a genius, as well as and Chadwick Boseman is a force to be reckoned with.
Two things struck me watching 42. One was that Branch Rickey's determination to integrate the league was rooted in his Christian beliefs. The other is the way the invisible hand of the market, not the heavy hand of courts and laws, allowed those with the talent and ability to elbow their way in.
"Mexico: A Path to a Failed State?" Michael Lauderdale, Ph.D., has worked and written extensively in Mexico and the U.S. border area. Next Wednesday, he will discuss the impact immigration to the U.S., combined with the role of the illegal drug industry, will have on the society, the security and the economy of Mexico. Upcoming Speakers: 2/26: Ginny Agnew (obituarist), "You Too Shall Pass…" 3/5: Branch Rickey, "The Story Behind 42" 3/12: Jason Stanford (political analyst), "The Texas Primary and Negative Campaigning" For more information or to RSVP, follow
I just got done watching "42", not to bad of a movie. But once something I notice bothers me just I can't get over it. Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, his raspy voice was quite annoying after awhile.. and all you baseball fans didn't Chadwick Boseman, when batting reminded me of a young Hank Aaron batting.
42 is a 2013 American biographica lsports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the integration of baseball player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42, through his first year of professional baseball. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey...
We just watched "42" and it was an outstanding movie. Both Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey gave outstanding performances. Having grown up in a baseball-loving family, it took me back to my youth!
I love baseball. I learned it from my dad. I love Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, It Happens Every Spring, The Natural, A League of Their Own, and all those movies about the game. And now, after watching "42," I feel like Branch Rickey, "I love this game. I love baseball. . . You let me love baseball again. Thank you."
Just watched "42" on HBO, the story of MLB great Jackie Robinson, played masterfully by Chadwick Boseman (who is now 42 years-old), with Harrison Ford delivering a tour de force performance as Branch Rickey, President, General Manager and part-owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1942-1950). 4 THUMBS UP from Trish n me!
After sitting out those cold and icy weeks between Christmas and Presidents Day, the Stephen Crane House declares "pitchers and catchers report" your host Frank D'Alessandro presents the annual Black History Month program on Saturday, February 22. And, in further observance of the start of Spring Training, the Crane House will devote the afternoon to an athlete, activist and community leader whose impact on American life can't be underestimated: number 42, Jackie Robinson! Jackie himself starred in THE Jackie Robinson STORY, a 1950 low-budgeter (co-starring the powerful Ruby Dee) from which we'll be screening excerpts at 3 pm. Then at 3:30, stick around for the second part of the doubleheader: the 2013 feature "42," starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey. This film is rated PG-13 (a bit more "mature" than most of our afternoon presentations). As always, there is no charge for admission...and as always, donations will be accepted for the hardw ...
Rest in peace Ralph Kiner. My favorite Kiner story. After hitting 47 homers and 118 RBI's for the last place Pittsburgh Pirates he demanded a raise in pay to which GM Branch Rickey responded, "Ralph, we finished in last place with you, we can finish in last place without you."
Ralph Kiner died last night. His career was shortened by back injuries, but he led the National League in home runs for seven of his ten seasons. One year, Pirates General Manager Branch Rickey offered Kiner a contract with a 20% cut in pay. "Mr. Rickey, I hit 50 home runs last season," Kiner said. Rickey replied, "Ralph, we finished last with you, and we'll finish last without you." Kiner was famous for his malapropisms. He was even worse than the legendary Yogi Berra, and many of Kiner's utterances are often wrongly credited to Berra. Kiner, after his playing career, became a broadcaster and analyst for The New York Mets, and in fact was the Mets' first analyst. He once described a close game as a "real cliff dweller." But my favorite "Kinersim" came from a game between the Mets and the Rockies. Kiner and Tim McCarver were the Mets' announcers. Andujar Cedeno was batting for the Rockies. McCarver said offhandedly, "Andujar Cedeno is no relation to Cesar Cedeno." Without missing a beat, Kiner ...
My favorite Ralph Kiner story which I learned when doing research for the baseball book I wrote with George Robinson, "On On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball's 10 Worst Teams of the Century: It was my job to write the essay on the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that was statistically had the worst season of the decade. Ralph Kiner was on that team and he led the league in home runs that year, as he had previously. He asked the owner, Branch Rickey, for a raise. Here was Rickey's answer: "We came in last place with you last year, we can come in last place without you next year." Conclusion: Kiner did not get his raise.
for those who listened to Ralph Kiner, don't let the Gary Cooper moments fool you. He was a smart guy, really smart. An interview I did with him way back --- Ralph telling me about Rickey and unionizing - It was economics that also crashed the color barrier. "I don't think Branch Rickey should get the credit," said Kiner. "There was a movement at the time that they were going to bring black players into the game. He jumped the gun and got Jackie Robinson. "But the reason for Branch Rickey obtaining and bringing black players in was economical. He didn't have to pay the black players any money to sign them and they were bought from the *** Leagues at that time and Robinson was the choice. Rickey was the man who picked Robinson and that was a brilliant choice." Teams could get black players on the cheap because black players were just grateful to get the chance. "It was just another part of the changeover of baseball. It had to happen sooner or later. It was really an aftermath of World War II where the b . ...
So I just found out David Stern has left office as the NBA commissioner. That could be good for Seattle. In the aspect of a NBA team returning to the emerald city. Stern is reported to be one of the main obstacles of a basketball team returning to Seattle. Interesting fact for African American month. Branch Rickey only made his move to sign Jackie Robinson after Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis left office. Landis was the first commissioner of MLB hired in 1920 to handle the 1919 Black Sox scandal. He was also a known racist. He enforced the hidden rule about people of color participating in the Major Leagues. He also ended the *** Leaque all-stars playing the Major League all-stars in exhibition games. His death in 1944 opened the door for the color barrier being broken.
For some reason there is a huge flaw in society that when people and especially athletes and celebrities go against the social norm the media and people want to and try crucify them...Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, Muhammad Ali, Bear Bryant, MLK, JFK, Malcom X, Arthur Ashe, Martina Navratilova, Charles Barkley, Coach Ken Carter, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Barack Obama, Lebron James, Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, Miley Cyrus and now we have Richard Sherman...all of these people all have things in common: Influential, Leaders, Pride, visionaries, something to prove, pioneers, highly intelligent, the best at what they do or did and all with the exception of Sherman is or will be apart of some hall of fame and all have been abused by the media and words of their peers which is us as a society...they speak and do how they feel when they feel it and never flinch when they say or do it...I don't know why we as humans want to bring individuals such as these people down sure they have their faults but what hum ...
Branch Rickey watches practice with his grandson during spring training. Vero Beach, Florida, 1948.
Happily listening to Jimmy Breslin's biography of Branch Rickey, and thinking of our own Battling Bishop.wherever he is.
Lawrence Eugene Doby The American League had their Jackie Robinson too, but few ever took notice of one of baseball's greatest players, Lawrence Eugene Doby. He was much bigger the Jackie in size and strength, but Robinson got the media attention. The simple reason Robinson received most of the glory was that Jackie played in a big city. Jackie played in New York for the Dodgers, while Larry played for the Cleveland Indians. At that time in baseball history, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis were considered west. Doby was born in December 1923, in the middle of winter, in Camden, South Carolina. The family moved to Paterson, New Jersey in 1934; he became an All-State athlete in almost every sport. He played basketball, baseball, and football at Paterson's Eastside High School. He graduated with honors and received praise from most of his teachers. Doby went to school in the racially integrated northeast, which did not prepare him for the treatment he would receive later in the Navy and his professional ba ...
Right off the bat, 2014: (1) Staged reading of the libretto of “The Summer King,” an opera about the ill-starred life of *** League baseball great Josh Gibson, who – had it not been for illness and alcohol - may possibly have been a better player than Jackie Robinson. [Note to fellow baseball fans: in this, I play Senators’ owner Clark Griffith and, later, the great Branch Rickey himself!] Also in “The Summer King,” my colleague from “Removal,” Aja Houston –she plays the love interest (big surprise). (2) Background work on TV series, “The Knick.” (3) Staged reading of “Uncle Vanya” – Modern Theater Project in collaboration with Hudson Warehouse. And all this in the first three weeks of the year! Wow! Bring it, 2014!
His NFL punting career is over. He knows that. Then again, maybe there's a Branch Rickey among NFL owners.
Problems are the price you pay for -Branch Rickey.
The story of Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson's partnership told from Ohio Wesleyan University, Rickey's Alma mater.
42 days til opening day. 42 in baseball is synonymous w/Jackie Robinson. Pioneer's path was provided by Branch Rickey, a frmr Michigan coach
Like Branch Rickey said, better a year too early than a year too late. But it was bracingly cold-blooded.
Branch Rickey: Baseballs's Ferocious Gentleman Meet Author Lee Lowenfish and special Guest Branch Rickey III Bring your copy to have signed or purchase one for $21.00 Branch Rickey III will also be the keynote speaker at the Portsmouth Portsmouth Ohio Murals Baseball Banquet that evening. Still need tickets? call (740) 353-7647 $50 pp for dinner and an opportunity to hobnob with some baseball celebrities!
On Branch Rickey's chain store model, and what I see as one of the great what-ifs in American sport
Great stuff from on Branch Rickey's "Chain Store" Important look at the evolution of minor league ball
It should be noted, too, that Branch Rickey saw integration as a major financial opportunity for the Dodgers & MLB.
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