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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Maury Wills' boyhood heroes

"Our heroes were these old guys who played on weekends and called themselves semipro. These guys wore argyle socks under their stirrups and they wore mix-and-match uniforms and caps on the side of their heads. And they all had a half-pint of whiskey in their back pockets. If they didn't get too drunk on Saturday night and if enough guys showed up on Sunday, they would have a game. Those guys were our heroes, the guys we wanted to emulate."

Some fine inspirational words from the shortstop who was raised in a Washington, D.C. housing project.

2 comments:

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Don't keep me guessing. Who? My late papa played semipro until he was in his mid-40s. Didn't have the whiskey stash, however. More's the pity, all things considered.

kevtbee said...

You mean, where did I get the quote? Was leafing through a new book (as you know, we get gazillions in the mail) called "Carrying Jackie's Torch," which actually looks pretty good, and, my childhood team still dancing in my head, read the chapter on Maury. Plus, I never wrote in a blog before. My first time!

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