I lost money, coaching jobs, a shot at the Hall of Fame. But when you weigh that against all the things that are really and truly important, things that are deep inside you, then I think I've succeeded.
I am pleased that God made my skin black - but I wish He had made it thicker.
A well-paid slave is nonetheless a slave.
I was told by the general manager that a white player had received a higher raise than me. Because white people required more money to live than black people. That is why I wasn't going to get a raise.
There is no such thing as bragging. You're either lying or telling the truth.
Whatever I contributed to the unique morale of the Cardinals was part of this growth, and so, of course, was my decision to have it out in public with the owners of organized baseball.
Dear Mr. Kuhn, After twelve years in the major leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes
I'm a human being. I'm not a piece of property. I'm not a consignment of goods.
Everybody thinks of baseball as a sacred cow. When you have the nerve to challenge it, people look down their noses at you. There are a lot of things wrong with a lot of industries....baseball is one of them.
People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life, and they can't do it. I'm too happy.
I'll also say, yes, I think the change in black consciuosness in recent years has made me more sensitive to injustice in every area of my life.
I'd often wondered what would I do if I were ever traded, because it happened many, many times.
And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates.
I lost money, coaching jobs, a shot at the Hall of Fame.
If you destroyed the underpinnings of this great American sport, you are a hated, ugly, detestable person.
Baseball was socially relevant, and so was my rebellion against it.
The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry.
The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller.
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