Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965

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Dates:
Birth 1881-12-20
Death 1965-12-09

Biographical notes:

Major league baseball player, manager, and executive. Full name: Wesley Branch Rickey.

From the description of Branch Rickey papers, 1890-1969 (bulk 1936-1965) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982440

Branch Rickey played for the St. Louis Browns (1905-1906, 1914 as player-manager) and the New York Highlanders of the American League (1907). During his playing career, Rickey managed the Browns (1913). After his playing career, Rickey managed the Browns (1915) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1919-1925). Rickey is best known as a baseball executive serving as the St. Louis Cardinals president (1917), vice-president and general manager (1926-1942), president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1942-1950), and vice- president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1951-1955). During Rickey's tenure the Cardinals won six National League pennants and four World Series and the Dodgers two National League pennants. Rickey was the key figure in Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947 and in the development of baseball's farm system. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. JohnnY Mokan played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1921-1922) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1922-1927); he worked for the Division of Recreation in Buffalo, New York (1942).

From the description of Letter, 1942, July 18. (National Baseball Hall of Fame). WorldCat record id: 49562525

Biographical Note

  • 1881, Dec. 20: Born, Stockdale, Ohio
  • 1904: B. Litt., Ohio Wesleyan University,Delaware, Ohio
  • 1905 - 1906 : Catcher, St. Louis Browns
  • 1906: Delaware, Ohio Delaware B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio Married Jane Moulton
  • 1907: Catcher, New York Highlanders
  • 1909 - 1912 : Baseball coach, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 1911: J.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 1913 - 1915 : Secretary and manager, St. Louis Browns
  • 1916: Vice president and business manager, St. Louis Browns
  • 1917 - 1919 : President, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1919 - 1925 : Manager, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1925 - 1942 : General manager, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1942 - 1950 : President and general manager, Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1950 - 1955 : Vice president and general manager, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1955 - 1959 : Chairman of the board and director, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1957 - 1961 : Vice chairman, President's Committee on Government Employment Policy
  • 1959 - 1962 : President, Continental League
  • 1962 - 1964 : Consultant, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1965, Dec. 9: Died, Columbia, Mo.

From the guide to the Branch Rickey Papers, 1890-1969, (bulk 1936-1965), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Baseball players
  • Young Men's Christian associations
  • Baseball teams
  • Baseball
  • African American baseball players
  • World War, 1939-1945--Finance--United States
  • Bonds
  • Minor league baseball
  • Baseball players--United States
  • World War, 1939-1945--Finance
  • Baseball--scouting

Occupations:

  • Baseball players
  • Baseball managers
  • Baseball executives

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  • United States (as recorded)
  • Cuba (as recorded)