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Baseball's Front Office is often overshadowed by the players and managers, but so much goes on behind the scenes to contribute to Hall of Fame teams.

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Branch Rickey

The rules of baseball have remained relatively stable throughout this century. Off the field, however, revolutionary changes have taken place, and no man had a greater impact on what happened to baseball than Branch Rickey. His biggest fight was to integrate baseball.


The first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006, the bright and vivacious Effa Manley was a large part of Negro League baseball for nearly 15 years.

Tom Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox for 44 years. Yawkey bought the Red Sox for $1.5 million and spared nothing in his attempt to bring a world championship to the Hub. Learn how Yawkey earned a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The rules of baseball have remained relatively stable throughout this century. Off the field, however, revolutionary changes have taken place, and no man had a greater impact on what happened to baseball than Branch Rickey. His biggest fight was to integrate baseball.

Larry MacPhail was a boisterous, mercurial character with a huge voice and an ego to match. He became general manager of the Orioles and orchestrated one of the greatest trades in baseball history. He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1998.

After the 1920 season, Barrow was appointed business manager of the Yankees, a job he held for the next 27 years. It proved to be his true calling as he developed the Yankees into the greatest dynasty in professional sports history.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won their first pennant since the 1920 season after manager Larry MacPhail took over control of the team. He was a hard-drinking man that came close to trading Joe DiMaggio for Ted Williams in a one-for-one trade.

George Weiss was known as a talent developer that helped develop some of baseballs brightest stars. You can learn about the career of Hall of Famer George Weiss in this section.

Bill Veeck was not the first owner to realize that baseball was more than a sport to the players or a business to the owners. He believed that it was entertainment. Find out how this Hall of Famer made showmanship into an art form.