Originally Posted by chicoruiz
Branch Rickey -Next to maybe Ruth, the most influential figure in basball history. There are a million great quotes attributed to him; I like "Luck is the residue of design".
Other Rickey quotes:
"He (Leo Durocher) had the ability of taking a bad situation and making it immediately worse."
"I am alarmed at the subtle invasion of professional football, which is gaining preeminence over baseball. It's unthinkable." (1959)
"I don't care if I was a ditch-digger at a dollar a day. I'd want to do my job better than the fellow next to me. I'd want to be the best at whatever I do."
"Never surrender opportunity for security."
"The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race." (1946)
A quote about Rickey:
"Mr. Rickey had great insight into everyday life as well as baseball. In one of our player meetings he once said 'Never play checkers with a man who carries his own board.' I never forgot it." - Bob Purkey