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In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn't drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing.
If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer.
I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game.
I would try and help everybody, because the game was so easy for me. It was just like walking in the park.
I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don't have a good life.
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.
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