Top 22 Quotes by Wesley Branch Rickey

Wesley Branch Rickey is the full name of an American baseball player and sports executive that was born on born on December 20, 1881. He was also instrumental in breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he signed black player Jackie Robinson. The modern minor league farm system framework was also created by Branch Rickey and encouraged the Major Leagues to add new teams through his linkage in the proposed Continental League. After that, he introduced the batting helmet.

Moreover, he competed in MLB for the St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders for two years from 1905 to 1907. And in 2014, he was elected for the team Hall of Fame by the Cardinals. He used to play football as well for the professional Shelby Blues and at Ohio Wesleyan University and Allegheny College as a coach. He has the nickname “the Mahatma” that comes through his numerous achievements and deep faith in Christianity.

Below, you can find the top 22 quotes by Branch Rickey that will inspire you to win.

“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.”― Branch Rickey

“A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.”― Branch Rickey

“Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing the devil.”― Branch Rickey

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“Problems are the price you pay for progress.”― Branch Rickey

“Luck is the residue of design.”― Branch Rickey

“A full mind is an empty bat.”― Branch Rickey

“If things don’t come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.”― Branch Rickey

“Thou shalt not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, indeed thou shall steal and thou must.”― Branch Rickey

“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.”― Branch Rickey

“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.”― Branch Rickey

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“Cobb lived off the field as though he wished to live forever. He lived on the field as though it was his last day.”― Branch Rickey

“Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.”― Branch Rickey

“How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.”― Branch Rickey

“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.”― Branch Rickey

“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.”― Branch Rickey

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“Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil.”― Branch Rickey

“The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.”― Branch Rickey


“The man with the ball is responsible for what happens to the ball.”― Branch Rickey

“All I had was natural ability.”― Branch Rickey

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