Full Name: Wesley Branch Rickey
Profession: Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Why Famous: Helped break Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing black player Jackie Robinson.
Rickey also encouraged the Major Leagues to add new teams and introduced the batting helmet.
- 1907-06-28 Nationals steal a record 13 bases off catcher Branch Rickey
- 1942-10-29 Branch Rickey named president and General Manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
- 1945-05-07 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
- 1945-10-30 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals
- 1947-04-10 Jackie Robinson becomes first black player of the 20th century to sign a MLB contract; Brooklyn GM, Branch Rickey announces Dodgers had bought Robinson’s contract from Montreal Royals
- 1950-10-26 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president
- 1950-11-06 Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates
- 1955-10-25 Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates
- 1959-08-18 Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be President of Continental League
- 1967-01-29 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame