"And let me tell you, they all wanted to play. Didn't care about injuries or anything, they all wanted to play. And, gee, what a satisfying thing that was."
"What about the pitching? In the spring you were insisting on everybody having a third pitch, and only a couple of them really had a major league curve."
"Bertaina and Pascual, and neither lasted the season."
"Guys you never heard of were your best pitchers."
"I've said this before. If I knew that little game between the pitcher and the batter as well as anybody, then I ought to know enough to help the pitcher. And the pitchers on our club listened.
"Now with a guy like Darold Knowles I didn't have to say much—lot of talent, smart and just chesty enough to think he can beat the world. He's not quite that good, but he's good. Bosman developed into about as good a pitcher as there is in the league, and he very well might wind up winning as many as anybody.
"Then you get a guy like Cox. A nonathlete, like a lot of pitchers. But a good arm and he wanted to pitch. Something happened to Cox this year that was the turning point for him: we put him into more tough situations than he had ever been in, and he got out of them.
"Coleman? He doesn't get the ball over the plate. His control is no better than it was two years ago. His record is no better. His curve hasn't improved. He's got a fork ball and he wants to go with it all the time, and he's got to find something different. And he's got to hump up and throw the damn ball. He can't lollipop it up there. Listen—there ain't anybody that throws hard throwing easy. The only way you can throw hard is to throw hard. Get up there and grunt a little. That McDowell has a fastball and I can hear him grunting all the way to the bench. He's putting something on it. That's why it's a good fastball.
"Coleman's got talent, all right. He's got as much talent as anybody. The thing is to get it out of him...."
The hunting dried up after the buffalo kill. Williams lingered at the Zambezi, but it was too late in the season, and the hunting was going bad. If he was really desperate for action, Mike Cameron said, he could fire a few rounds across the Rhodesian border and then duck into the reeds and watch the Rhodesian army helicopters fly over. Cameron said the African terrorists who had tried to cause a stir in Rhodesia had a life expectancy of just under 72 hours once they crossed that border.