Branch Rickey is best known as the president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who brought Jackie Robinson into big league baseball in 1947, thus integrating a major American institution seven years before Brown v. Board of Education. Even apart from this heroic step, Rickey would probably be known as the most significant baseball executive ever, primarily for his work with the Dodgers and, earlier, the St. Louis Cardinals; the modern farm system and extensive spring training facilities are chief among his many innovations. Less well known is the fact that Rickey was a 1911 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. This essay is drawn from a presentation the author made at a symposium on Rickey held at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on June 6, 2007.
Friedman, Richard D. "Branch Rickey, '11: Much More than Pioneering Baseball Leader." Law Quad. Notes 50, no. 1 (2007): 8-13.