As a young player, Don Pries once met Branch Rickey, the man best known for signing Jackie Robinson and widely regarded as one of the most astute and respected executives in baseball history. Perhaps a bit of Rickey rubbed off on Pries during that encounter. Of course, Pries had ties to baseball while growing up in his native Alameda. Whatever the case, Pries enjoyed many more highlights and milestones in his career as a player, manager, scout (St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's and Baltimore Orioles), team executive and in helping launch the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau.
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