Branch Rickey

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    A game of great charm in the adoption of mathematical measurements to the timing of human movements, the exactitudes and adjustments of physical ability to hazardous chance. The speed of the legs, the dexterity of the body, the grace of the swing, the elusiveness of the slide - these are the features that make Americans everywhere forget the last syllable of a man's last name or the pigmentation of his skin.
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    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.
    Source: In 1954
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    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.
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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.
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    Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.
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    First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly.
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    If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.
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    It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.
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    Luck is the residue of design.
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    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.
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    The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.
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    Thou shalt not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, indeed thou shall steal and thou must.
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