The Washington Times - April 26, 2013, 06:15PM

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson strolled into his pre-game meeting with reporters on Friday with a big smile on his face.

Apparently Johnson had just been informed that Hall of Fame baseball executive Branch Rickey had once filed a scouting report recommending that the Dodgers acquire Johnson in any trade with the Orioles. 

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He was thrilled to learn he had caught the eye of the same man who’d signed Jackie Robinson. 

“I’m in high cotton,” Johnson quipped, referencing a lesser-known phrase that meant to indicate “times are good.”

You can see Rickey’s scouting report on Johnson in the accompanying photo. Here’s what it said:

Johnson, Dave (Rochester infielder)

Tall, slim, right hander now playing second base. 21 years old. First year player. Good looking fielder. Good batting form. A major league possibility. Try to include him in any possible deal with Baltimore.

Branch Rickey

Obviously, the Orioles never did do a deal with the Dodgers that included Johnson. He went on to become a four-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and won two World Series rings.