Back in Time: December 9

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson
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Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

1965

Branch Rickey, 83, collapses and dies while giving a speech to an audience in Columbia, Mo. Rickey was responsible for breaking the color barrier in 1947 with the signing of Jackie Robinson. Rickey also implemented the concept of farm systems for the major leagues.

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