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I was very blessed with a good body. Never got hurt. Never was in the hospital. The only time I was in the hospital was when I would get exhausted a little bit, and go in for a check-up or something.
I was a baseball player, I taught baseball, and all of a sudden I was in the business world. Now I used the baseball world to talk about their product. Not too much, just enough to keep going. Just be yourself and you'll never have a problem. That's what I did.
I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
I think I was programmed to do good things when I came into the majors. I knew how to play.
I played with the Birmingham Black Barons. I was making 500 at 14. That was a lot of money in those days.
I don't mean to be bashful, but I was.
I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.
I didn't say I was that smart, I said I went to class and I enjoyed what I was doing.
I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act.
Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.
At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.
And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11. So I just picked baseball.
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