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Willie Wells, Ray Dandridge, Leon Day, Buck Leonard, Quincy Troupe, Satchel Paige – earlier than when he was called up – Oscar Charleston and Josh…
We used to look at each other and say, ‘We play the same game with the same rules, the same bat, the same ball, the…
My all-time heroes are Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two men who had to really work to achieve what they did. And…
Leo Durocher was our manager and he brought Willie up to me and said, ‘This is Willie Mays and he’s your new roommate.’ You could…
I was all-state in four sports in New Jersey, but sometimes I couldn’t get served at a restaurant two blocks from my high school. There…
I played in three countries. I played in two World Series. But I never found anything to match the joy and the laughter those years…
I played for Almendares in Cuba. Guess who was trying out for the team? Castro. Fidel Castro, as a pitcher. He could throw pretty hard,…
I always felt that I had a mission in life. I thought I was born to play sports. Even now, I still feel that must…
Everyone says we have our first African American president. Has there ever been a Jewish president? An Italian president? They don’t say a damn thing…
The reason we had an all-black outfield in ’51 is Don Mueller got hurt, so Hank Thompson was a legitimate replacement. So what? People talk…
Many of the greatest black athletes of all time played baseball for no money and no recognition. I’m just sorry many major league fans never…
I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron. They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson.
Oscar Charleston was the Willie Mays of his day. Nobody ever played center field better than Willie Mays. Suppose they had never given Willie a…
It was in 1942 and I flew from St. Louis to Mexico City. I had just gotten married and we were on our honeymoon. I…
You should have seen Willie Wells play shortstop: as good as Ozzie Smith and a better hitter. How I wish people could have seen Ray…
For me, there was nothing like my time with the Eagles – ever. We were young, and the world was new to us. It was…
I think anybody who saw him will tell you that Willie Mays was the greatest player who ever lived.
My mother was a Bible student, and when I was a youngster, both my mother and father would say, ‘If people would only live by…
Early in life I learned, just through observation, that right always wins out over wrong. If a person has good intentions in his heart and…
I’m a forgiver. I might not forget, but I forgive. My mother, father and older brother always told me: ‘Don’t hold grudges. If you do…
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