Branch Rickey made me a better man.
Bobby Bragan, explaining why he had come to Rickey's funeral. Bragan, who was a catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, had initially tried to stop Rickey from integrating the team.
Only in baseball can a team player be a pure individualist first and a team player second, within the rules and spirit of the game.Branch Rickey
Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.Branch Rickey
Baseball people are generally allergic to new ideas; it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms, and it is the hardest thing in the world to get Major League Baseball to change anything—even spikes on a new pair of shoes—but they will eventually...they are bound to.Branch Rickey
Luck is the residue of design.Branch Rickey