"I loved the game. I'd have played for food money. I'd have played for
free and worked for food. It was the game, the parks, the smells,
the sounds. Have you ever held a bat or a baseball to your face? The
varnish, the leather. And it was the crowd, the excitement of them
rising as one when the ball was hit deep. The sound was like a chorus.
Then there was the chug-a-lug of the tin lizzies in the parking lots,
and the hotels with their brass spittoons in the lobbies and brass
beds in the rooms. It makes me tingle all over like a kid on his way
to his first double-header, just to talk about it."
"God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise."
"I'm going to meet the greatest umpire of all, and he knows I'm innocent."
"The good Lord will know I'm innocent. Goodbye, good buddy. This is it."(Joe Jackson's final words before he died.)
"I don't deserve this thing that's happened to me."
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