I consider Branch Rickey to be the greatest visionary to ever be involved in Baseball. It was he who is credited with engineering Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier in Baseball, and it was he who developed the modern minor league farm system. Rickey had changed the game in ways no one else every had- or ever will.
Below is a 1945 letter from Rickey to former Dodger Eddie Stanky. It is on Brooklyn Dodger letterhead and plainly refers to Stanky's contract dollars for the upcoming season. Stanky was paid $5,500.00; which is worth about $66,000 in todays dollars.
Below is a great editorial cartoon drawn by former NY Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo. It features former Dodger manager Chuck Dressen being flicked by a giant hand, and includes the words: "They Shoulda Not -- Let Go Dressen!" It is dated to 1954.
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