- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - Part of a highway in southern Ohio is being renamed for Scioto (sy-OH’-tuh) County native Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed Jackie Robinson to break the color line.

The Portsmouth Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1r6qSgb ) reports that a segment of U.S. Route 23 in the county will bear Rickey’s name.

New signs for the “Branch Rickey Memorial Highway” were unveiled recently at a state garage along the highway in Lucasville. Rickey’s grand-niece and grand-nephew attended the event.

Legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Terry Johnson of McDermott, who says residents in the area should be proud of Rickey’s legacy.

The pioneering executive was born in southern Ohio in 1881 and is buried there.

A section of Route 23 in Delaware County in central Ohio also is named for him.


Information from: Portsmouth Daily Times, https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com

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