By Buck O'Neil
From Babe Ruth to Bo Jackson, from Cool Papa Bell to Lou Brock, greenback O'Neil has visible all of it. As a primary baseman after which supervisor of the mythical Kansas urban Monarchs, O'Neil witnessed the heyday of the Negro leagues and their final demise.
In i used to be correct on Time, he charmingly recollects his days as a ballplayer and as an African-American in a racially divided state. no matter if he's telling of his barnstorming days with the likes of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson or the day in 1962 while he turned the 1st African-American trainer within the significant leagues, O'Neil takes us on a visit not just via baseball's earlier yet via America's besides.
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Laverne’s father looked at him. ” he asked. “No, I’m a hungry guy,” Flip said, “and I’d like twenty burgers. ” Laverne’s father looked disgusted. He went back to the kitchen and told somebody to put twenty burgers on the grill. Flip and I sat down again. People were looking at us and whispering. Soon our chicken was done and Laverne came over with the platters. Outside, the engine of the bus started up again. ” Flip said. ” I ran outside. The bus was starting to pull away. I banged on the door.
He was about as tall as Flip, but his chest, arms, and legs were enormous. There may have been a little bit of a belly there, but mostly he was solid muscle. “I want to thank you, mister,” he said simply. ” Flip said, pumping the guy’s hand, “This is the great Josh Gibson. The Bronzed Bambino. Prob’bly the greatest hitter in baseball history. Hey Josh, is it true you hit 84 homers 57 DAN G UTMAN in 1936? 600 one year? ” “It’s true,” Gibson sighed. ” The greatest hitter in baseball history? I had never even heard of him.