Thank you Branch Rickey:
Here is my story that aired the other day on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
I went to play baseball in Panama during the winter. I saved enough money because when I got back I was planning on getting married. I had saved about $500, but during spring training in Vero Beach, Florida somebody stole it.
When talking to Branch Rickey I told him I wanted to get married. He really liked when players were married.
“That’s good,” he told me.
I told him the only problem was I didn’t have any money.
“How much do you need?” he asked, and I told him $500. He told me to go over and see Buzzie Bavasi for the money. I go to Buzzie and tell him about the money to get married.
“Are you crazy?” he asked. “Why are you getting married without a dime in your pocket?”
He let me borrow the money. As the season went along I told him he needed to start taking money out of my check so I could repay the loan. I kept asking him to do that and he kept telling me he would take it out when we go the playoffs.
At the end of the season he gave me a letter to sign thanking Mr. Rickey for the $500 and stating that I was glad to be able to pay it back.
I never paid it back.
Every year on our anniversary Buzzie would send a bouquet to my wife and the card would only read, “I’m sorry.”