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Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Chief Innovator

Everything was originally conceived and/or invented by someone. In baseball, a lot of the game's features that we are familiar with today were invented by one man: Branch Rickey.

Rickey wasn't just a general manager, player, team president, part owner, or any of the other titles held over his lengthy career. He was baseball's chief innovator.

He's perhaps best known for his work to integrate the game of baseball by signing Jackie Robinson and installing him on the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

That work, however important, is only part of his legacy.

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