Near Rushtown in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Boyhood Home of Wesley Branch Rickey
Baseball Pioneer, Innovator, Executive
Branch Rickey, a pivotal figure in the history of baseball, was raised in this house with his brothers, Orla and Frank. Rickey started baseball's farm team system while he was president, vice president, and manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1917-1942. As president of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1942-1950, he signed Jackie Robinson to a major league contract, which resulted in the desegregation of baseball. "The Mahatma," as Rickey was known, also ran the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1950-1955. Rickey's career in major league baseball began in 1904 as a Cincinnati Red. Later he played with the St. Louis Browns and the New York Highlanders (now known as the Yankees). Branch Rickey was born in 1881 and died in 1965. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. His grave is located approximately one mile southeast of this marker on the eastern edge of Rush Township Cemetery.
Erected 1998 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Rickey Marker Committee, Lucasville Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-73.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 51.027′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 770 Duck Run-Otway Road, Mc Dermott OH 45652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock 48 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boyhood Home of Roy Rogers (approx. 2.6 miles away); Lucasville Cemetery / Captain John Lucas Founder of Lucasville (approx. 2.9 miles away); Scioto County KIA-MIA Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Bigelow Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Portsmouth Foundry & Machine Works (approx. 8.3 miles away); Eli Kinney House (approx. 8.4 miles away).
Regarding Boyhood Home of Wesley Branch Rickey. Rush Township Cemetery is located adjacent to Scioto Burial Park, on McDermott-Pond Creek Road (County Road 46), about one-half mile east of Duck Run-Otway Road, and 300 feet west of Ohio Route 104.
Also see . . .
1. Branch Rickey Tribute in the NY Times. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Branch Rickey Baseball Statistics. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. "Goodbye to Some Old Baseball Ideas" by Branch Rickey. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,313 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.