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Of Galahad and Quests That Failed
Roger Kahn
August 23, 1976
Stan Musial was—and is—The Man of the hour, but for one black player and the minor leagues, times have been wrong
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August 23, 1976

Of Galahad And Quests That Failed

Stan Musial was—and is—The Man of the hour, but for one black player and the minor leagues, times have been wrong

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"Well, if I'm not intruding on you and interfering with your sleep, I'd like you to be my guest at church." It was a hesitant, strangely poignant invitation.

"Thanks," I said. "Appreciate that." Then, musing aloud, "Is your church integrated?"

"Of course it's integrated," Wilson said.

I attended Sunday School class at the Allen Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where we read Corinthians and men debated whether sin began with taking a drink or getting drunk. The issue still lay in doubt when services began. The congregation sang Come, Thou Almighty King. Wilson, the finance chairman of the church, supervised the passing of collection plates. Pastor Strayhand preached and chanted on life's decisions. After services, scores of people came up to shake my hand and bid me welcome. All of them were black.

At dinner Wilson said, "You remember when you asked if my church was integrated?"

"You told me it was."

"What I meant was that God don't know no color."

Then we were back to baseball again. Artie asked me what was happening in Seattle.

"Well, they have their dome, Danny Kaye and Les Smith have the franchise, and for the first few years the team there will be terrible."

"Is there any chance they might hire Leo to manage?"

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