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You go back to the team and tell Kelley I sent you,” Herrmann declared. ”37 Pleased by the owner’s support, Rickey returned to the Reds, only to ﬁnd manager Kelley still adamantly opposed to his presence on the team. Though he did shine in an exhibition game victory, Rickey did not play in any games that counted in the standings. Meanwhile, word of his refusal to play on Sunday became a big story in the Lucasville newspapers. Rickey’s parents were upset that the stories in the sports pages made it seem as if their son was not playing at their request.
Rickey’s side of the story was news to Herrmann, who listened sympathetically. Like many others in authority at the beginning of young Branch Rickey’s career, Garry Herrmann could not help but be impressed by the articulate, ambitious, and genuinely religious young man. Here was a raw rookie with only a few days in the Major Leagues, Herrmann thought, and he was willing to risk dismissal for his principles. “You go back to the team and tell Kelley I sent you,” Herrmann declared. ”37 Pleased by the owner’s support, Rickey returned to the Reds, only to ﬁnd manager Kelley still adamantly opposed to his presence on the team.
He scored very high on both tests but not quite well enough to receive an appointment. 15 It is also possible that a deﬁciency in the physical aptitude portion of the exams hurt his cause, which, of course, is ironic in that he would be a Major League Baseball player in a few years and would devote his professional life to trying to perfect the physical science of baseball. Although disappointed by his failure to enter one of the prestigious military academies, Branch Rickey vowed to make something of himself in the world of education.