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Branch Rickey, American Athlete ( December 20, 1881 - December 9, 1965 )

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It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.~Branch Rickey


Honor You Heritage

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.~Branch Rickey


Late Too Late Early

Luck is the residue of design.~Branch Rickey


Design Luck

A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.~Branch Rickey


Great Chance Take A Chance

Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms.~Branch Rickey


Change Myself Baseball

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


Sports Baseball Truth

Cobb lived off the field as though he wished to live forever. He lived on the field as though it was his last day.~Branch Rickey


Day Live Forever

Never surrender opportunity for security.~Branch Rickey


Opportunity Security Never

The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.~Branch Rickey


History Greatest Black

Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing the devil.~Branch Rickey


Thinking Devil Seeing

Baseball is a game of inches.~Branch Rickey


Baseball Game Inches

If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.~Branch Rickey


Joy Effort Easy

Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil.~Branch Rickey


Devil Leisure

Problems are the price you pay for progress.~Branch Rickey


Progress Problems You

I find fault with my children because I like them and I want them to go places - uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect and anything that affects the probabilities of failure on the part of those that are closest to me, that concerns me - I find fault.~Branch Rickey


Children Strength Respect

How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.~Branch Rickey


Time Problem Leisure

I don't care if I was a ditch-digger at a dollar a day, I'd want to do my job better than the fellow next to me. I'd want to be the best at whatever I do.~Branch Rickey


Best Day Job

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


Baseball Team Game

Thou shalt not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, indeed thou shall steal and thou must.~Branch Rickey


Mean Offense Must

The man with the ball is responsible for what happens to the ball.~Branch Rickey


Man Ball Responsible

A full mind is an empty bat.~Branch Rickey


Mind Empty Bat

All I had was natural ability.~Branch Rickey


Ability Natural Had