Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965

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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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creatorOf Rickey, Branch, 1881 - 1965. Branch Rickey Correspondence 1952-1955. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Jackie Robinson Papers, 1934-2001, (bulk 1947-1987) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965. Letter to M. Willard Lampe. Brooklyn, NY. 1944 Jan. 10. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Proctor, Donald J. The blacklisting of Ray L. Fisher : typescript, 1981, August : the oldest (and perhaps noblest) Yankee of them all / by Donald J. Proctor. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Behn, Robert D. Branch Rickey as a public manager: fulfilling the eight responsibilities of public management, 1997 / Robert D. Behn. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Library of Congress. Branch Rickey : finding aid / [Library of Congress Manuscript Division]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn De Jongh, James. Play to win : musical script, 1984 : the story of Jackie Robinson / book & lyrics by James de Jongh, Charles Cleveland, Jimi Foster ; music by Jimi Foster. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
creatorOf Aigler, Ralph W. (Ralph William), b. 1885. Ralph W. Aigler papers, 1908-1962, bulk 1920-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965. Branch Rickey papers, 1890-1969 (bulk 1936-1965) Library of Congress
referencedIn Jules Tygiel, 1949-2008. Jules Tygiel Papers : papers 1944-1990. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn The Jackie Robinson story : screenplay, [1950]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn James Orin Murfin papers, 1896-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Schmidt, Ed. (Edward T.). Mr. Rickey calls a meeting : script, 1990, March / by Ed Schmidt. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Summers, Herb. Brooklyn Dodgers Scrapbooks : scrapbooks, 1943-1950 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
creatorOf Carey, Archibald J. (Archibald James), 1908-1981. Archibald J. Carey papers, 1909-1966. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972. Jackie Robinson papers, 1934-2001 (bulk 1947-1987). Library of Congress
creatorOf Branch Rickey Papers, 1890-1969, (bulk 1936-1965) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965. Papers of Branch Rickey, 1890-1969 (bulk 1936-1965) Library of Congress
referencedIn Smith, Wendell, 1914-1972. [Wendell Smith papers : c1943-1961]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Read Bain papers, 1893-1972 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Arthur Mann Papers, 1901-1969, (bulk 1945-1962) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Ralph W. Aigler papers, 1908-1962, 1920-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965. Letter, 1942, July 18. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Integration - Correspondence & Clippings : papers 1937-1973. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn [Player file : Rickey, Wesley Branch, 1905- / compiled by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Mann, Arthur, 1901-1963. Papers of Arthur Mann, 1901-1969 (bulk 1945-1962). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Aaron, Hank, 1934- person
associatedWith Aigler, Ralph W. (Ralph William), b. 1885. person
associatedWith Bain, Read, 1892- person
associatedWith Barber, Red, 1908-1992 person
associatedWith Behn, Robert D. person
associatedWith Brock, Lou, 1939- person
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associatedWith Brown, Joe L. person
associatedWith Campanella, Roy, 1921- person
associatedWith Carey, Archibald J. person
associatedWith Carey, Archibald J. (Archibald James), 1908-1981. person
associatedWith Carlton, Steve, 1944- person
associatedWith Carroll, Louis F. (Louis Francis), 1905-1971 person
associatedWith Clemente, Roberto, 1934-1972. person
associatedWith Cobb, Robert H. person
associatedWith Colbert, Lester L. person
associatedWith Cooke, Jack Kent person
associatedWith Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977 person
associatedWith Cuff, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), b. 1890 person
associatedWith Daley, Arthur, 1904-1974 person
associatedWith Dean, Dizzy, 1910-1974. person
associatedWith De Jongh, James. person
associatedWith Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. corporateBody
associatedWith Drysdale, Don. person
associatedWith Drysdale, Don. person
associatedWith Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991. person
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 person
correspondedWith Eldridge, Clarence E. person
associatedWith Eldridge, Clarence E. person
associatedWith Fellowship of Christian Athletes. corporateBody
associatedWith Flood, Curt, 1938- person
associatedWith Flood, Curt, 1938- person
associatedWith Frick, Ford, 1894 - 1978. person
associatedWith Galbreath, John W. (John Wilmer), b. 1897 person
associatedWith Gibson, Bob, 1935- person
associatedWith Haak, Howie person
associatedWith Harper, Blake, d. 1950 person
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
associatedWith Hornsby, Rogers, 1896-1963 person
associatedWith Howsam, Robert L. person
associatedWith Jules Tygiel, 1949-2008. person
associatedWith Kelchner, Charles S. person
associatedWith Koufax, Sandy, 1935- person
associatedWith La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 person
associatedWith Landis, Kenesaw Mountain, 1866-1944 person
associatedWith Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987 person
associatedWith Library of Congress. corporateBody
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associatedWith Mann, Arthur, 1901-1963 person
correspondedWith Mann, Arthur (Arthur William), 1901- person
associatedWith Matthews, W. C. person
associatedWith Mays, Willie, 1931- person
associatedWith Mazeroski, Bill. person
associatedWith McCracken, G. Herbert person
associatedWith Mokan, Johnny, 1895-1985, person
associatedWith Murfin, James Orin, 1875-1940 person
associatedWith Murrow, Edward R. person
associatedWith Musial, Stan, 1920- person
associatedWith Ohio Wesleyan University. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Malley, Walter F. (Walter Frank), 1903-1979 person
associatedWith Ornest, Harry person
associatedWith Peale, Norman Vincent, 1898-1993 person
associatedWith Persons, C. E. person
associatedWith Pittsburgh Pirates (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Proctor, Donald J. person
associatedWith Reese, Pee Wee, 1918-1999 person
correspondedWith Reese, Pee Wee, 1919- person
associatedWith Republic of Cuba. corporateBody
associatedWith Rice, Hal, 1924 - 1997. person
associatedWith Rickey, Branch, 1914-1961 person
associatedWith Rickey Jr., Branch, 1914 - 1961. person
correspondedWith Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972. person
associatedWith Roettger, Harold G. person
associatedWith Rooney, Art, 1901-1988 person
associatedWith Rose, Pete, 1941- person
associatedWith Rowswell, Rosey, 1884 - 1955. person
associatedWith Schmidt, Ed. (Edward T.). person
associatedWith Shea, Walter A., 1907- person
associatedWith Silvey, George person
associatedWith Sisler, George, 1893-1973 person
associatedWith Smith, Wendell, 1914-1972. person
associatedWith Spink, J. G. Taylor (John George Taylor), b. 1888 person
associatedWith St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Summers, Herb. person
associatedWith Thornburg, Raymond person
associatedWith Trautman, George M. person
associatedWith United States. President's Committee on Government Employment Policy. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, Preston, 1927 - person
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African American baseball players
World War, 1939-1945--Finance--United States
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Baseball players--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Finance
Baseball--scouting
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Birth 1881-12-20

Death 1965-12-09

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