Branch Rickey started the "noble experiment." Which put Jackie Robinson in the Dodgers. Rickey looks for the noble African American player for the white team he covered himself up by saying he was a "negro" league. Wendell Smith (dodgers scout) asked Jackie Robinson to tryout for the Brown Dodgers ( all African American league). Robinson was offered a job at the dodgers. Branch Rickey - "Robinson" HE SAID . "I'm looking for a ball player with guts enough not to fight back."