Sport: The Old Mahatma

Branch Rickey was born too late to invent baseball, but he has thought up more innovations than anybody else in the history of the game.

One explanation of Rickey's career may be that husky, ham-handed Branch, who loves the game as much as the clicking of a Saturday-afternoon turnstile, was never a top man in baseball's ordinary occupations. In his 20s he broke into the majors as a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, but he was no star—and besides, Pious Methodist Rickey refused to play on Sundays. He tried managing the St. Louis Browns, but...

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