Brief Documentary Exclusively in New York Sports Museum


A New York Highlanders baseball player and Brooklyn Dodgers executive, Branch Rickey left a legacy that includes the ending of segregation in Major League Baseball and the introduction of modern statistical analysis in sports.

The story features a tour location near Herald Square that played a role in Rickey's breaking of baseball's color barrier.

Also shown is a rare 13-second high-definition color film clip of Jackie Robinson — the player Rickey welcomed to the Dodgers in 1947 to integrate the sport — talking about Rickey's contributions.

The story also shares other sports history that occurred at the tour location and beyond, including the impact of soccer legend Pelé's playing days for the New York Cosmos.

This film complements another shown on the tour, about how New York sports helped trigger breakthroughs for civil rights nationwide.

  Midtown Manhattan | August 16, 1954