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Asked why it is that the whites, blacks and Latins get along so well on the Pirates, whereas they don't on many other teams, Stargell said, "It really doesn't make a difference what color you are, you're just a guy to me. I know some black so-called friends who are dogs."
Asked about his Chicken on the Hill restaurant venture, Stargell said, "I put money into the restaurants in the hill section because there weren't any decent places for the people there to eat. I went into it expecting to lose money because black people don't tend to support black businesses. But we went into it thinking we'd treat people who came in nice, treat them like they were somebody, and it's done real well. We've got five locations now."
"He's got the ability to take over the team leadership," Pitcher Dock Ellis said of Stargell, "but he refuses to do it. He has the respect and speaking ability, but he says he doesn't want to get into a spot where the players tell him one thing and he passes it on to the general manager, only to have the players deny it when the general manager talks to them about it."
Of his work off season with kids in Pittsburgh ghettos, Stargell said, "I do it on my own. I find out who they respect the most, the bad man. He's usually the strongest one, the one who smokes the most pot and takes the most pills. I tell the kids that I did almost all the things they're doing, but somehow I always felt I wanted something more. I tell them they're not chained and bound. There's something they can do."
Cash said of Stargell, "If he hits, we win. It's as simple as that. He'd have to be one of the most valuable players, along with Giusti and Sanguillen and Walker. He doesn't say too much. But after the game we lost to Chicago, when Alou dropped the flyball that would have been the last out, everybody came in with their heads down, griping and moaning, and Stargell said, 'If you win like men, you got to lose like men.' That got the heads back up."
Stargell drove in the Pirates' second run with a line single and scored the third after leading off with a double.
"The only good thing about those bugs," said Cash, who was lying happily on the floor of the dressing room after the game, "they don't bite."
Stargell said to Sanguillen across the room, "Hey, I've always like you."
Stargell sat in front of his locker, with Mudcat Grant—who had won both Friday's and Saturday's games in relief—to his left and Bob Veale to his right. Veale was hoarse from yelling, Grant was trying to figure exactly how many times he had warmed up during the year (137) and Stargell was sweating. "The Righteous Brothers," Stargell said.