"In fact, one of the most interesting men I interviewed was Malarcher, who's about 82. When we sat down on his couch. I noticed five or six file cabinets. I said, 'Mr. Malarcher, what's in those file cabinets?' He said, 'My poetry.' He reached in and pulled out a 200-line poem he'd written about World War II. We didn't get around to talking baseball for a couple of hours."
Of course, the subject of black baseball is poetic, too. No wonder the players speak allegorically. In the documentary's most haunting interview, Crutchfield recalls a recent dream he had. "I singled off a lefthanded pitcher and the ball crossed second base," he says. "I couldn't get to first. I kept running and running, and I knew the guy was going to throw me out eventually, but I couldn't get to first."