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Name:    Rickey, Branch
Profession:  Business Person
Category:  Cultural Life
Born/Started:     Dec. 20, 1881
Died/Ended:     Dec. 09, 1965
Description:    Branch Rickey was a baseball executive who helped build great St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodger teams. He was the first manager to sign a black player, Jackie Robinson.

Often called the greatest front-office strategist in baseball history, Rickey was a baseball executive for the St Louis Browns from 1913 to 1915. He came to the Cardinals in 1917 and turned a losing team into a powerhouse. Believing that "luck is the residue of design," he developed the modern farm system that brought the Cardinals nine pennants and six World Series through the 1940s. After moving to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Rickey signed Jackie Robinson and brought him to the majors in 1947 as the first African-American major league player. Rickey simultaneously broke baseball’s color line and built the great Dodger teams of the 1940s and1950s, ensuring his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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