Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Rickey Becomes General Manager Of Brooklyn Dodgers
On Oct. 29, 1942, Branch Rickey is named president and General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
He was perhaps best known for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, for drafting the first Afro-Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente, for creating the framework for the modern minor league farm system, for encouraging the Major Leagues to add new teams through his involvement in the proposed Continental League, and for introducing the batting helmet.
Rickey played in MLB for the St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders from 1905 through 1907. After struggling as a player, Rickey returned to college, where he learned about administration from Philip Bartelme. Returning to MLB in 1913, Rickey embarked on a successful managing and executive career with the St.Louis Browns, the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
During his playing career Rickey posted a career .239 batting average, with 82 hits and 39 RBIs.
As a manager Rickey had much more success winning the World Series in 1926, 1931, 1934, and 1942 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
His managerial record was 597-664.
In 1967 Rickey was inducted into Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.