Catching Dreams: My Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues

By Frazier Robinson; Paul Bauer | Go to book overview

Foreword

John "Buck" O'Neil

Frazier "Slow" Robinson was one of the most delightful men I've ever been around. Father-like figure even to players older than he, yet, like a son to me. He'd come for advice, not only as how to pitch to a hitter or how to position his infield or outfield, but as to which player to hang out with or what places to be seen.

" Slow" was a religious person who enjoyed Negro spirituals and sang them very well. He organized a quartet on every team he played on. On the Kansas City Monarchs it was Satchel Paige, John Markham, I. V. Barnes and himself.

" Slow" had good, quick hands and a strong accurate arm as a catcher. A quick compact swing with average power as a hitter.

Joe Greene was our starting catcher, and I felt that "Slow" had too much to offer as second string. Therefore, I was very pleased when he went to the Elites.

At every reunion, I was most delighted to see " Slow" and Wynolia. God took a good man home when he took "Slow."

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • About the Author vi
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction: - Freedom and Fate, Baseball and Race xv
  • 1 - Back Where It All Began 1
  • 2 - Satchel Paige's All-Stars 21
  • 3 - The Kansas City Monarchs 51
  • 4 - From Kansas City to Baltimore and Back Again 77
  • 5 - War 98
  • 6 - The Color Line Falls 103
  • 7 - A Ballplayer's Life 128
  • 8 - Canada 165
  • 9 - Too Old to Play, Too Young to Retire 185
  • 10 - The Hall of Fame 209
  • Index 215
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