Monday, February 21, 2011

Be prepared

A Black History month tribute today to Willard Brown, an immensely talented slugger who was noted for:

1)  being nicknamed "Sonny" (or "Sunny") because he would always play better on sunny days than cloudy days,
2)  integrating the St. Louis Browns,
3)  using the broken bat of Browns teammate Jeff Heath to hit a home run -- and Heath immediately destroyed the bat beyond use in the dugout afterward (life was hell for Brown in St. Louis to say the least),
and 4)  my favorite:  heading to the outfield with a copy of Reader's Digest in his back pocket for whenever the game grew slow and he needed something to occupy his attention

I would have gotten along, I think, with Willard Brown.

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