"I was never bitter about segregation. That was the way it was in those days. I wanted to play and could only play in the black leagues. Therefore, I played in the black leagues. I always felt, after integration, that our efforts, all those games and all those bus rides made it possible for Jackie Robinson and those who followed. Yes sir, we paved the way." - Pat Scantlebury, New York Cubans
"There is a catcher that any big League club would like to buy for $200,000. His name is Gibson.. He can do everything. He hits the ball a mile. And he catches so easy he might as well be in a rocking chair.too bad this Gibson is a colored fellow." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Walter Johnson
"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again." - James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams (1989)
"I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays (A former Negro league baseball player). Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder." - Sandy Koufax
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The inventor Rick Mosley of the Legends of the Game Negro & Latin Leagues Baseball game shares his eight years of research and thoughts on topics related to Black baseball and American culture.