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A Chat With Two Former Negro League Baseball Players

In addition to being a very talented player, he really knew the game of baseball inside and out. If he was still around today he would make a great manager. When we were playing, if we were to make a mistake out on the field, he did not just come down on you and chastize you. He would take you aside, tell you what you did wrong and tell you how you can fix it. He wouldn't just jump right in your face-he wasn't that kind of manager. He understood that nobody was perfect and that mistakes were going to be made.

He would always say while we practice, "Let me tell you boys, you aren't ever going to be perfect, but if you practice being perfect long enough, you will be excellent, and you will become excellent ballplayers. He would talk with us about disappointment a lot and how to deal with disappointment. He would always tell us that some of us players would get signed and a lot of us wouldn't get signed but, whatever you do, don't get disappointed about whether or not you get signed-just go out there and play your game, and play as hard as you can-then good things will follow.

He was simply great man to be around--not only was he a terrific manager, he was a great mentor. As a young man at the time, getting to play for Satchel was a true blessing.

I'm the man that I am today because of some of the things that he taught me. How did Satchel teach you how to deal with all of the adversity you faced, both on and off the field? He would explain this to us, "For every black player that they sign, that's one more white player that's out of a job. That's why they won't sign more black ball players-because they can't be putting too many white players out of a job.

This would really help me understand what was going on at the time, and it really helped me deal with the disappointment that you sometimes felt from not getting signed to a Major League contract.

A lot of great ballplayers ended up quitting and giving up after all of the stuff they had to put up with while playing in the Negro Leagues. They just didn't want to go through the hardship and the humiliation that we endured.

I never let all of that stuff get to me; I was determined to play this game. Had I not gotten drafted into the military, I truly believe that I would have been signed by a major league team. But, unfortunately after I had served my country, by the time I got out of the military, I had to get a 'real job'.

I still love the game, and I still love watching the game to this day. I still remember to this day when I tried out for the Indianapolis Clowns.

Petersburg Florida to try out for the team. That ride took us a day and a half. Freddie Battle was a pitcher, and he was a good, good pitcher at that. He had no problem making the team. The other guy that journeyed down to St. Petersburg with us, Robert Hall, wasn't so lucky. He had to take that Greyhound Bus all the way back up to Washington D.

I remember being so nervous on that bus ride down because I didn't know whether I was going to make the team. I was fortunate enough to make the team. One thing that I could always do was hit, I could flat out hit the baseball. A man by the name of Ed Hammond oversaw the booking of our games. He was also the man in charge of selecting players for the Indianapolis Clowns. Immediately after finding out that I made the team, we were on the road, and I mean on the road.

We traveled throughout the United States-in my first year with the Clowns we played in 40 states. I didn't know at the time, but apparently a scout from the San Francisco Giants had been following the Clowns on the road for a while. I learned that they offered to buy my contract from the Clowns, but our management couldn't come to an agreement with the Giants.

It's unfortunate, but I don't regret anything about my time playing with the Clowns. What was life on the road like? Did you encounter much hostility in towns you traveled to? We had a good time.

We ran into a lot of segregation-we couldn't stay in certain hotels, we had to sleep on the bus sometimes, and we couldn't eat at the restaurants. Ed Hammond, since he was white, would go up to restaurants and order a whole bunch of sandwiches, then bring all of them onto the bus for us to eat, since we weren't allowed in.

But we didn't care, because we wanted to play ball. Who were some well-known Major League players that once played for the Indianapolis Clowns? There were a lot of guys who made it the Major Leagues, but a few that fans would probably notice are Paul Casanova, who played for the Washington Senators and the Atlanta Braves; Hank Aaron who went on to play for the Braves as well, and Haley Young, who played for the White Sox. Get to Know Rachel Brosnahan.

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