Branch Rickey

October 29, 1942 – Branch Rickey resigns as vice president of the St. Louis Cardinals. Rickey, the Hall of Fame executive who designed baseball’s minor league “farm system,” joined the Brooklyn Dodgers three days later as team president. Rickey took over the franchise leadership after Larry MacPhail, another Hall of Fame executive who introduced night baseball and radio broadcasts to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, left the Dodgers after the 1942 season to enlist in World War II at age 52.

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