"We kid around a lot, but I want them to know I'm a Negro. That's very important to me. A man is Polish or Italian, he's proud to be Polish or Italian. Well, I'm a Negro, and I'm proud to be a Negro. I want them to know I'm proud. Whatever I can do I want to do. Some of the towns around this league aren't too good. You go in one place and it's all right, and you go in the place next door and they say, 'Sorry. We don't serve colored.' That's no good. You go out with your wife and you take her to a place, you don't like to be embarrassed. If they say to a man, you can't come in here because you're drunk, or you can't come in here because you're not dressed right, that's O.K. But say, 'We don't want you in here because you're colored,' that's no good. Some places you go in and you're a ballplayer and they know it, they say, 'Fine, you're welcome here.' And they couldn't treat you better. But you're colored and you're not a ballplayer, you can't get into some of those places.
"There's a lot of things. Like, well, pitchers don't throw at me much. They don't have to because I'm a bad-ball hitter. I'm not digging in for that good pitch over the plate. But they sure throw at other colored players. It must be a custom. See a colored player and throw at him. Even some of our own pitchers, on this team. One day against Kansas City our guy goes right past Siebern and Lumpe and Causey and Cimoli and all them. Who does he throw at? Eddie Charles. I said, 'Hey, why don't you throw at them white cats once in a while? They go down, too, you know.' "