How much is Branch Rickey worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||December 20, 1881|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Branch Rickey
- Born: Dec. 20, 1881
- Died: Dec. 9, 1965
- Hometown: Pike County, Ohio
- Height: 5-9
- Weight: 175 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Jane; one son, four daughters; Branch Jr. was the Dodgers’ farm director and assistant general manager; grandson Branch Barrett Rickey is president of the Pacific Coast League
- Primary position: Catcher
- As a student at Ohio Wesleyan University, he played professional football for the Shelby Blues of the Ohio League, which later became the NFL.
- Broke into the big leagues with the St. Louis Browns in 1905 and hit .284 in 65 games in 1906. Was sold to the New York Highlanders a year later but struggled as a catcher and injured his throwing arm, retiring after the 1907 season with a career batting average of .239.
Coaching/front office career:
- The first modern general manager, Rickey is among the most innovative minds in baseball history, and his Cooperstown-worthy accomplishments don’t even fit on a Hall of Fame plaque. He was the architect of the modern minor league system, built the first full-time spring training facility, was a pioneer in the use of statistical analysis, introduced the batting helmet and, of course, signed Jackie Robinson, breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
- Attended the University of Michigan and earned a law degree while managing the school baseball team.
- Re-joined the St. Louis Browns organization in 1913 and became the team’s manager later that season. His teams were 139-179 from 1913-15.
- Was an officer in the U.S. Army in World War I, commanding a unit that included Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson..
- Became the team president and manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1919, and managed the team through 1925, going 458-485 and never finishing about third place.
- Turning his attention to the business side of the team, invested in several minor league teams and becoming the architect of what became the minor league baseball system, with 32 teams in several levels of the minor leagues all affiliated with the Cardinals. Those efforts built the “Gashouse Gang” Cardinals — Hall of Famers Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial, Joe Medwick and Enos Slaughter were among the players brought up in the system — and other teams followed his lead. The Cardinals won the World Series in 1926, 1931, 1934 and 1942. His teams also won pennants in 1928 and 1930.
- Hired away by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942, where he proceeded to build a winner and ignored baseball’s unwritten rule by signing Robinson to a minor-league contract in August 1945. Robinson became a Hall of Famer, and by 1952, there were 150 black players in the majors or minors.
- Rickey’s Dodgers won NL pennants in 1947 and 1949.
- Was bought out be Walter O’Malley in 1950 and became the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Among the players he signed as GM was Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente, generally regarded as the first Latin American baseball star. He retired in 1955.
- Tried to form a third major league — dubbed the Continental League — in 1959. To thwart his efforts, Major League Baseball expanded by four teams in 1961 and 1962.
- Elected to the Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1967, two years after his death.
Off the field:
- Became an acclaimed public speaker. He collapsed in the middle of a speech in 1965 in Missouri and died a week later.
- The Branch Rickey Award each season is given to an MLB player for their contributions to community service.
- “Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.”
- “If things don’t come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.”
- “It (a baseball box score) doesn’t tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day.”
- “Luck is the residue of design.”
- “It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.”
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