Branch Rickey, no doubt recognizing an opportunity, immediately and publicly lent the Dodgers support to the effort in May of that year. Soon, the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers were born (well... moved from Hilldale to Brooklyn), and they would play their first season at Ebbets Field later that year.
Having a team right at home allowed them to scout players under the guise of the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers. In fact, some three months later the Dodgers would create history by signing Jackie Robinson in August of 1945. Soon thereafter, they would sign other players like Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe. (I should probably state that the Dodgers didn't actually own the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers, but that didn't stop them from sending scouts under their name