Ralph Kiner and Branch Rickey: Not a Happy Marriage

By John J. Burbridge, Jr.

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Branch Rickey assumed the duties of executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1950. Given Rickey’s accomplishments, there was significant hope that the Pirates would become a force in the National League. The Pirates had one proven star: home run-hitting Ralph Kiner. However, hard feelings developed between Rickey and Kiner, resulting in the slugger being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1953. Branch Rickey assumed the duties of executive vice president and general manager of . . .

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