Brother Branch Rickey
December 20th 1881 – December 9th 1965
Lucasville Masonic Lodge #465, Lucasville, Ohio
Later Tuscan Lodge #240 in St. Louis, Missouri
And Montauk Masonic Lodge #286 in Brooklyn, New York
Major League Baseball executive elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. He was perhaps best known for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, for drafting the first Afro-Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente, for creating the framework for the modern minor league farm system, for encouraging the Major Leagues to add new teams through his involvement in the proposed Continental League, and for introducing the batting helmet.