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You'll never be a ballplayer. Take my advice, son, and forget about baseball. Get into some other kind of business.

To Yogi Berra before Berra signed with the Yankees

1943
Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

The Yankee Encyclopedia - 1996 - Mark Gallagher

A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

The Gashouse Gang was a group of ferocious gentlemen, willing to embrace the hazards of rational chance.

Describing the 1934 World Champions St. Louis Cardinals at a 25th anniversary banquet

In 1959
Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

Luck is the residue of design.

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

Contributed by: Jay Skeldon

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

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; statesmen, business leaders, the clergy... So why do I spend my time arguing with Dizzy Dean?

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

"(Eddie) Stanky couldn't hit, couldn't run, couldn't field, and couldn't throw, but he was the best player on the club. All Mr. Stanky could do for you was win.

Speaking of infielder and team sparkplug Eddie Stanky and knowing what was really important

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

My eight years in Brooklyn gave me a new vision of America, or rather America gave me a new vision of a part of itself, Brooklyn. They were wonderful years. A community of over three million people, proud, hurt, jealous, seeking geographical, social, emotional status as a city apart and alone and sufficient. One could not live for eight years in Brooklyn and not catch its spirit of devotion to its baseball club, such as no other city in America equaled. Call it loyalty, and so it was. It would be a crime against a community of three million people to move the Dodgers. Not that the move was unlawful, since people have the right to do as they please with their property. But a baseball club in any city in America is a quasi-public institution, and in Brooklyn the Dodgers were public without the quasi.

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

Thou shalt not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, indeed thou shalt steal, and thou must.

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

Jackie, we've got no army. There's virtually nobody on our side. No owners, no umpires, very few newspapermen. And I'm afraid that many fans will be hostile. We'll be in a tough position. We can win only if we can convince the world that I'm doing this because you're a great ballplayer, a fine gentleman.

To Jackie Robinson upon signing him to a contract

Wesley Branch Rickey
Brooklyn Dodgers
General Manager
HOF 1967

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