"Mickey, would you vouch for that with Branch Rickey? It's kind of a hard
thing to ask you to do."
"Jock, I believe in telling the truth."
"That's all I
want," I said. "Tell Rickey the truth."
Barr and some
others knew what I was doing, and they said, "Don't. You're only making
trouble for yourself. You could lose your job."
"I don't need
the job that bad," I said.
Before the game
began Rickey came down and sat in his box, and I walked over to him. I was
still in my street clothes, and I said, "Do you know me, Mr. Rickey?"
Sometimes people don't recognize umpires in street clothes.
said. "I know you."
"You owe me
an apology," I said.
And the eyebrows went up.