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University City in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Branch Rickey

Born December 20, 1881

 
 
Branch Rickey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Branch Rickey Marker
Inscription.  Often called the greatest front-office strategist in baseball history, Branch Rickey came to the Cardinals in 1917 and turned a losing team into a powerhouse. Believing that "luck is the residue of design," he developed the modern farm system that brought the Cardinals nine pennants and six World Series through the 1940s. After moving to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Rickey signed Jackie Robinson and brought him to the majors in 1947; more black players soon followed. Branch Rickey simultaneously broke baseball's color line and built the great Dodger teams of the 1940s and 1950s, ensuring his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
Erected 1997 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Walk of Fame series list.
 
Location. 38° 39.373′ N, 90° 18.405′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard west of Leland
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Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6631 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tom Eagleton (here, next to this marker); Dizzy Dean (here, next to this marker); James B. Eads (a few steps from this marker); Dave Garroway (a few steps from this marker); Kevin Kline (a few steps from this marker); Red Schoendienst (a few steps from this marker); Charles Guggenheim (a few steps from this marker); Irma Rombauer (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 7, 2020