Biographical

Portrait of Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey CYankees

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
4 380 .239 .304 .324 .000 0
Birth Date12-20-1881
Height5' 9"
Weight175 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1905 SLA 23 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 SLA 24 65 223 201 22 57 7 3 3 79 16 26 3 3 24 4 .284 .345 .393 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 NYA 25 52 152 137 16 25 1 3 0 32 11 25 2 2 15 4 .182 .253 .234 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 SLA 32 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career1203803433882863111275455398.239.304.324.0000.00.00.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1905 SLA MLB 1 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 SLA MLB 65 223 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 NYA MLB 52 152 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 SLA MLB 2 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1905 SLA MLB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 SLA MLB 223 22 57 7 3 3 24 16 26 4 .284 .345 .393 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 NYA MLB 152 16 25 1 3 0 15 11 25 4 .182 .253 .234 .051 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 SLA MLB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Three National Leaguers in the NewsBen Lindbergh2014-04-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Now is the Season of My DiscontentMike Gianella2014-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Rating RizzoR.J. Anderson2013-08-08
Prospectus Q&A: Donald PriesLee Lowenfish2013-08-02
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret History of SabermetricsJack Moore2013-07-16
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: Partial VictoryJason Wojciechowski2013-05-03
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Story Behind Baseball's Most Successful SloganMatthew Callan2013-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: The Historical Quirks of "42"Zachary Levine2013-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit ContendersSam Miller2013-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit ContendersAdam Sobsey2013-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: How Baseball Returns Our InvestmentSam Miller2013-03-06
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Freddie LindstromJay Jaffe2013-03-06
Inside The Park: The Man of MissouriBradford Doolittle2013-01-21
Wezen-Ball: "42", the New Jackie Robinson MovieLarry Granillo2012-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: At What Price RevolutionMichael Bates2012-08-15
Wezen-Ball: William Saroyan Writes to LIFE MagazineLarry Granillo2012-07-31
108 Stitches: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Trade DeadlineDan Evans2012-07-30
What You Need to Know: Monday, July 23Daniel Rathman2012-07-23
Baseball ProGUESTus: Does the Hit and Run Help?Pete Palmer2012-07-10
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Hate List, Part IIIJay Jaffe2012-06-22
The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite Baseball BooksBaseball Prospectus2012-06-06
The Lineup Card: 10 Most Disappointing Career-Ending InjuriesBaseball Prospectus2012-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Art of LosingAdam Sobsey2012-05-09
The Lineup Card: 12 Baseball Players We'd Like to See As PresidentBaseball Prospectus2012-01-25
Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the FriedmansBen Lindbergh2011-12-20
The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a CrossroadsBradford Doolittle2011-12-08
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of FameJay Jaffe2011-11-22
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: The Ramos and Rhem KidnappingsSteven Goldman2011-11-11
The BP Wayback Machine: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the CubsSteven Goldman2011-10-22
BP Feature: Reviewing "Behind the Seams: The Stat Story"Derek Carty2011-09-19
Transaction Analysis: Jered Weaver's $85 Million Welcome MatBen Lindbergh2011-08-23
The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason TradesBaseball Prospectus2011-07-27
The BP Wayback Machine: Trades that Made a DifferenceSteven Goldman2011-07-13
The BP Broadside: The Bronx Blame Game and the Posada PsychodramaSteven Goldman2011-05-17
The BP Wayback Machine: The GM Starter PackGary Huckabay2011-05-04
The BP Broadside: "Paris 1919" with Rogers HornsbySteven Goldman2011-05-03
The BP Broadside: It's Dodgers Deja Vu All Over AgainSteven Goldman2011-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessDivide and Conquer, NL Central: Breaking BarriersLarry Granillo2011-04-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: I Don't Wanna Go Down to the BasementJay Jaffe2011-03-22
Prospectus Hit and Run: Duke Snider, 1926-2011Jay Jaffe2011-02-28
You Can Blog It Up: Only Willie Remains: Rest Well, Duke SniderSteven Goldman2011-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the CubsSteven Goldman2011-02-16
The Payoff Pitch: Whose Money Is It, Anyway? Neil deMause2011-02-07
Inside The Park: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a CrossroadsBradford Doolittle2010-12-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Marvin Miller and Pat GillickJay Jaffe2010-11-16
This article requires BP Premium accessGM for a Day: Baltimore OriolesSteven Goldman2010-10-15
Overthinking It: Friar MenBen Lindbergh2010-09-09
This article requires BP Premium accessExpanded Horizons: Flooded with ChoicesTommy Bennett2010-09-07
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Do No MoreBob Hertzel2010-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: The White Rat ReluctantJeff Euston2010-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: The 1952 PiratesBob Hertzel2010-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Point of Deadline DealsSteven Goldman2010-07-09
Prospectus Q&A: Don ZimmerDavid Laurila2010-07-09
You Can Blog It Up: The 2010 Orioles: One of the Worst Teams of All Time?Steven Goldman2010-06-05
You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD: The Worst Exchange of First Basemen EverSteven Goldman2010-06-04
Prospectus Q&A: Dorothy Seymour Mills David Laurila2010-05-20
You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day and Other Controversies #18Steven Goldman2010-05-04
You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day and Other Controversies #15Steven Goldman2010-04-19
One-Hoppers: MLB Should Step Up to the Plate for Jackie Robinson DayJay Jaffe2010-04-15
Ahead in the Count: Labor Market DiscriminationMatt Swartz2010-04-15
No Pepper: Against the FenceTommy Bennett2010-04-12
Prospectus Q&A: Elroy FaceDavid Laurila2010-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessSquawking Baseball: The Best and Worst GMs of the AughtiesShawn Hoffman2010-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: A Nationals Disgrace?Steven Goldman2009-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Bad Offense RecitalSteven Goldman2009-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Andrew FriedmanDavid Laurila2009-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Lowlights in Steel CityJohn Perrotto2009-05-22
Prospectus Hit and Run: Tales in a Minor KeyJay Jaffe2009-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: No Relief in SightSteven Goldman2009-04-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Tony BlenginoDavid Laurila2009-01-04
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Spit and PolishSteven Goldman2008-11-14
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Trades that Made a DifferenceSteven Goldman2008-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Josh and Shufflin' PhilSteven Goldman2008-08-05
Transaction of the Day: Teixeira Two-StepChristina Kahrl2008-07-30
The Week in Quotes: June 2-8Alex Carnevale2008-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part TwoJay Jaffe2008-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part OneJay Jaffe2008-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessBlazing the O'Malley Trail: 50 Years Later, Part TwoGary Gillette2008-04-29
You Could Look It Up: The Anniversary of AmericaSteven Goldman2008-04-01
Spring Training Preview: NL WestJoe Sheehan2008-02-12
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Getting ShiftyDan Fox2008-01-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Greg RhodesDavid Laurila2008-01-07
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Pete Reiser's Place in DodgerdomSteven Goldman2007-09-24
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Big Picture: Never Enough Pitching?David Pinto2007-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Tilting the Playing FieldDan Fox2007-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: TragedyWill Carroll2007-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Pete PalmerDavid Laurila2007-03-11
Prospectus Feature: A Brief History of the Veterans CommitteeNeal Traven2003-01-14
Prospectus Feature: Touring the Minors: Organizational Overview: Los Angeles DodgersKeith Scherer2002-08-23
Prospectus Feature: Touring the Minors: Organizational Overview of the St. Louis CardinalsKeith Scherer2002-08-07
6-4-3: Senor Schindler es el Bueno...Gary Huckabay2002-07-19
Transaction Analysis: June 18-24, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-26
Transaction Analysis: April 14-15, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-17
The Week in Quotes: March 18-31Derek Zumsteg2002-04-02


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain why the scout's rating system goes from 20-80 instead of, I dunno, 0-100? Is it supposed to mirror the SATs?
(Josh P. from Hartford)
I don't TOTALLY know. I do know that the scale was originated by Branch Rickey, and some of our crazy smart readers have told me that the 20-80 scale is actually used elsewhere with 50 an average and every 10 one standard deviation up or down, with no need for more than three SDs away from that average. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina! Can you finish this comparison for me? Genghis Khan:_______::_______:Ed Wade. Thanks!
(CNB from San Francisco)
:Geronimo::Branch Rickey: (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which teaches us more practical every day take home lessons in life: baseball history or war history?
(www.scoresheetwiz.com from Toronto)
Lessons are where you find them, and in both cases you can find many, many critical thinking exercises of great value -- "Evaluate these decisions by Branch Rickey!" "Evaluate these decisions by Douglas Haig!" However, for tales of courage (physical and moral) under fire I prefer the real danger of war to the exaggerated tension of the bottom of the ninth. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven: When you missed the chat on Monday you should have said that you were hiking the Appalachian trail. Oh, and how overrated is Tony LaRussa?
(Joe from Washington, DC)
You know, I should have, but that story hadn't broken yet. Besides, he wasn't on the Trail, he was in Argentina(?).

Had to stop to seal the window in my office here as the grounds crew is outside with weed-whackers and I'm literally being gassed...

I don't know that LaRussa is overrated. I look at this year's Cards and I see an offense that is Pujols and little else, a not particularly impressive rotation (except for Chris Carpenter -- how can he pitch so well when he's never healthy?), and an improvised bullpens. Seeing this, it sure seems like all his manipulations are bearing fruit. He's also one of just 14 managers to take his team to five or more World Series, and he's done this while never managing in New York or LA--and his Cardinals are neither those of the Branch Rickey or the Busch years. You can't dismiss all that. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are you reading these days? (Baseball and non-baseball divisions, please.)
(BL from Bozeman)
I'm slogging through the grim conclusion of Dan Simmons' "Drood" in the evenings, taking Fraser's "Royal Flash" to the beach or park for short snippets for doses of amusement, and belatedly getting to Lowenfish's Branch Rickey bio. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Reading anything good right now? Baseball division, or non-baseball division...
(BL from Bozeman)
I just finished Kashatus' "Connie Mack's '29 Triumph," which was nice, and especially effective in portraying the city and the period, and Peter Cozzens' interesting revisionist account of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, which I would highly recommend. Right now, I'm dipping into a bit of Kafka for palate-cleansing and Andelman's "A Shattered Peace" (on Versailles), before moving on to Lee Lowenfish's bio of Branch Rickey. I'm supposed to get the new novels by Dan Simmons (on Dickens' London) and Richard K. Morgan (featuring his latest strange blend of antiheroism) shortly, and figuring those will make light flight reading next month during the book tour. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)What baseball related items do you hope to find in your stocking or under your tree this season?
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
Heehee... I may as close on this note because I have to get back to working on the book and working out what we might do to cover Teixeira's signing, but I'm always hopeful that I get a copy of Light's "Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball" some year. Sokolove's book on Darryl Strawberry ("The Ticket Out"?) has always been on my wish list as well. I'd also love to get a copy of Dan Levitt's biography of Ed Barrow and Lowenfish's bio of Branch Rickey. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe: Baseball existed for 80 years without the draft, but look at attendance increases since the draft. Perhaps the game wouldn't be large-market-dominated without a draft -- maybe a new Branch Rickey would develop some way of finding/signing great talent for a mid-market team. But it seems likely that the game would be more stratified into haves and have-nots than it is now. I'm just throwing that out there, though: I'd like to see you tackle the subject in depth -- a new baseball world without a draft, and what it would mean for competition, not just for the rights of the amateur players. Moreover: Competition drives attendance and ratings, which gives the teams more money to pay amateur players in the first place. If there were no draft, maybe Pedro Alvarez would get $20 million, but would the 65th best prospect still get $1 million?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Attendance was flat in the years after the draft. It increased with the advent of free agency.

If you think MLB is stratified into haves and have-nots now, I can't help you. Stop confusing revenues and market sizes with success or the potential for success. The game is as loaded with parity as it's ever been, and if you need more than that, watch the Random Football League. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jim Bowden the perfect GM to be zipping around his ST complex on a Segway? Can you think of one who this would "work" even better for?
(Will from NJ)
I'm trying to imagine Branch Rickey doing that. It's actually a very cool image. Anyone know if Rickey was an early-adopter of new technologies OUTSIDE of baseball? When did he get a TV? (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)The 5 most influential figures in the history of baseball are...?
(Jessica from Utica, NY)
Babe Ruth Branch Rickey
Walter O'Malley Jackie Robinson

I can't settle on a fifth. Either a prehistory pioneer or a TV exec. (Joe Sheehan)


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