Some day I'm going to have to stand before God, and if He asks me why I didn't let that [Jackie] Robinson fellow play ball, I don't think saying 'because of the color of his skin' would be a good enough answer.— Branch Rickey
The most charming Branch Rickey quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.
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.
Man may penetrate the outer reaches of the universe, he may solve the very secret of eternity itself but for me, the ultimate human experience is to witness the flawless execution of the hit-and-run.
Luck is the residue of design.
Success is that place in the road where preparation meets opportunity.
If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort.
There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.
Worry is simply thinking the same thing over and over again and not doing anything about it.
Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.
It (a baseball box score) doesn't tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day.
The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.
There never has been a man in the game who could put mind and muscle together quicker and with better judgment than Robinson.
Problems are the price you pay for progress.
I don't like the subtle infiltration of 'something for nothing' philosophies into the very hearthstone of the American family. I believe that 'Thou shalt earn the bread by the sweat of thy face' was a benediction and not a penalty. Work is the zest of life; there is joy in its pursuit.
I am alarmed at the subtle invasion of professional football, which is gaining preeminence over baseball. It's unthinkable.
First of all, a man, whether seeking achievement on the athletic field or in business, must want to win. He must feel that the thing he is doing is worthwhile; so worthwhile that he is willing to pay the price of success to attain distinction.
Luck is the residue of opportunity and design.
We win if the world is convinced of two things, that you are a fine gentleman, and a great baseball player.
I'm a man of some intelligence. I've had some education, passed the bar, practiced law. I've been a teacher and I deal with men of substance, statesman, business leaders, the clergy... So why do I spend my time arguing with Dizzy Dean?
A full mind is an empty bat.
Don't look at the hole in the doughnut. Look at the whole doughnut.
A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.
Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil.
Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing the devil.
Baseball is a game of inches.
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.
How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.
Baseball people are generally allergic to new ideas;
it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms, and it is the hardest thing in the world to get Major League Baseball to change anything—even spikes on a new pair of shoes—but they will eventually...they are bound to.
These are uncertain times. We cannot be content to rest on yesterday's laurels. These are times when we must strengthen rather than let down those standards which have stood in such good stead in crises that are past. Baseball cannot be selfish, or irresponsible, or lax. Neither can the men who operate it.
Never surrender opportunity for security.
Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Luck is the residue of design.
He's the best prospect I've ever seen.
Luck is the residue of design.
Things worthwhile generally don’t just happen.
Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Negligence or indifference are usually reviewed from an unlucky seat. The law of cause and effect and causality both work the same with inexorable exactitudes. Luck is the residue of design.
Branch Rickey made me a better man.
Fill in any figure you want for that boy (Mickey Mantle). Whatever the figure, it's a deal.
Leo Durocher is a man with an infinite capacity for making a bad thing worse.
The world’s not so simple anymore, I guess it never was. We ignored it, now we can’t.
Thou shalt not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, indeed thou shall steal and thou must.
I was in the top ten percent of my law school class.
I am a Doctor of Juris Prudence. I have an honorary Doctor of Laws. So, would somebody please tell me why I spent four mortal hours today conversing with a person named Dizzy Dean.
Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.
I cannot face my God much longer knowing that his black creatures are held separate and distinct from his white creatures in the game that has given me all that I can call my own.
Don't worry about your individual numbers.
Worry about the team. If the team is successful, each of you will be successful, too.
When (Rube) Waddell had control and some sleep, he was unbeatable.
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.
The man with the ball is responsible for what happens to the ball.
The only thing Abner Doubleday ever started was the Civil War.
I did not mind the public criticism. That sort of thing has not changed any program I thought was good.
Cobb lived off the field as though he wished to live forever.
He lived on the field as though it was his last day.
He (Leo Durocher) had the ability of taking a bad situation and making it immediately worse.
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.