“I had to play. I had to find the heart of the game.”
“She was a very good baseball player,” — Hank
Toni was a pro and “smooth,” — Ernie
Hank Aaron, some people have argued, is the best baseball player ever. So Hank knew what he was talking about.
Mister Cub, Ernie Banks, one of the top baseball players in the 50’s, no doubt.
But she knew she was good, good enough to play with the best: including Satchel.
‘He was so good that he’d ask batters where they wanted it, just so they’d have a chance. He’d ask, “You want it high? You want it low? You want it right in the middle? Just say.” People still couldn’t get a hit against him. So I get up there and he says, “Hey T., how do you like it?” And I said, “It doesn’t matter, just don’t hurt me.” When he wound up — he had these big old feet — all you could see was his shoe. I stood there shaking, but I got a hit. Right out over second base. Happiest moment in my life.’ — Toni Stone.
Baseball. For the love of the game.