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They say I was born too soon. I say the doors were opened too late.

James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell
Homestead Grays
OF
HOF 1974

A homer a day will boost my pay.

Joshua "Josh" Gibson
Homestead Grays
Catcher
HOF 1972

I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they forgot to bring the scorebook to the game that day.

James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell
Homestead Grays
OF
HOF 1974

Because of baseball, I smelled the rose of life.

James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell
Homestead Grays
OF
HOF 1974

If they don't put Turkey Stearnes in the Hall of Fame, they shouldn't put anybody in.

On Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes, centerfielder for the Detroit Stars of the Negro National League (Stearnes was eventually inducted into the HOF in 2000)

James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell
Homestead Grays
OF
HOF 1974

Contributed by: Jonathan Chapman

Try to understand your men. Know their abilities, and know when to change pitchers.

James "Candy Jim" Taylor
Homestead Grays
Manager

What you did, any one-armed pitcher could do.

To his teammate, pitcher Charley Sweeney, after Sweeney struck out 19 in a game against champion Boston, and when a one-armed pitcher named Hugh Daily of the Union Association duplicated the feat in a game shortly thereafter

June 1884
Charles Gardner "Old Hoss" Radbourn
Providence Grays
Pitcher
HOF 1939

I never threw a "heavy" ball. My pitch started just above my head and leg to about my shoulders. I most used fastballs and a change of pace. My control was good, so when I used a curve it would break right around the man's knees. I never used no freak balls, less I seen the other feller doing it. Then I might take a piece of emery and rub a spot on the ball about the size of a dime. That pitch would do tricks. Did I use that pitch every game, I'd never have lost. Not once. Once in a while I tried a knuckler, but no spitter. I just didn't like that pitch. I pitched a lot of good ball in my time. I'da been in the majors, too, if'n my hair wasn't so curly. Anything but colored, I'da made it. I don't know why it is they give us such a hard time. We all the same really. We all sit on that old common denominator.

The Hall of Fame pitcher reminiscing about his long Negro League career which didn't come to an end until he was 46 in 1932

Joseph "Joe" Williams
Homestead Grays
Pitcher
a.k.a. "Cyclone", "Smokey"

Death ain't nothing but a fastball on the outside corner.

Joshua "Josh" Gibson
Homestead Grays
Catcher
HOF 1972

All the years I played, I never got a hit off him. He threw fire.

On Negro Leagues LHP and fellow Baseball Hall Of Famer Bill Foster

Walter Fenner "Buck" Leonard
Homestead Grays
1B
HOF 1972

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