BRANCH RICKEYGame 077 | April 27, 1959 | Branch Rickey
One of major league baseball's great innovators, as a general manager for the Cardinals and Dodgers, Rickey set up the first minor league "farm system," and later broke the game's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mostly retired from active baseball in the 1950s, Rickey was a popular guest speaker. He died in 1965 at age 83. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame two years after his death.
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