JACKIE ROBINSON AND BRANCH RICKEY
Most people think Organized Baseball would have eventually been desegregated with or without Branch Rickey's signing of Robinson. Bill Veeck, whose father had been president of the Chicago Cubs, was not far behind Rickey in signing Larry Doby and Satchel Paige. But Rickey was in fact the first, as he intended to be, and while he signed other players, including Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe, the relationship between Rickey and Robinson proved one of the special features of this saga.
Branch Rickey, president and co-owner, Brooklyn Dodgers
Branch Rickey (Biography)
Branch Rickey III, baseball executive
Branh Rickey and his Dodgers
Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Mallie Robinson