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Signature: "Branch Rickey", 5x3 card. Branch Rickey (1881-1965) was a very poor baseball player, and average quality manager, and the greatest general manager in the history of the sport. As Business Manager of the St Louis Cardinals (1919-1942), he basically defined the role now expected of a general manager. Through contractual ties with minor league clubs, he created the first farm system, one which brought 8 National League pennants and four World Championships during his tenure. As GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1943-1950), he helped turn the Dodgers into a perennial contender, and he broke the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson and other black players. (This move took courage and careful preparation, given attitudes prevailing at the time, and reflected his idealism as well as his keen business sense.) As Pirates GM (1950-1955), he signed the first Latino superstar, Roberto Clemente. (The Dodgers and Pirates failed to win a World Series while he was with each club, but did so soon after he left, relying on the system he had created. Rickey introduced the batting helmet, and was ahead of his time in developing new statistical measurements of baseball performance. "The Mahatma" was a baseball visionary. Fine condition.

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Born: December 20, 1881 in Flat, Ohio
Died: December 9, 1965 in Columbia, Missouri

Full name Wesley Branch Rickey
Born December 20, 1881, Flat, Ohio
Died December 9, 1965, Columbia, Missouri
Buried at Rushtown Cemetery, Rushtown, Ohio
First Game: June 16, 1905; Final Game: August 25, 1914
Managed First Game: September 17, 1913; Managed Final Game: May 30, 1925
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 5' 9" Weight: 175

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1967
Named Major League Executive of the Year by The Sporting News (1936, 1942 and 1947)

Film Credits
2007 Pride Against Prejudice: The Larry Doby Story (Other), 1994 Baseball (Other), 1990 Babe Ruth: The Man, the Myth, the Legend (in person), 1960 World Wide '60 (in person), 1959 What's My Line (in person), 1952 See It Now (in person)

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