"This big Dropo was in the Coast League then. They was a lot of good ballplayers there then. That was a good league then. This Dropo was playing first and Billy was on first and I give him a little sign to go down if he could. They wasn't looking at him and I thought maybe he could steal. But they was on to it and they tried to pick him off, and this big Dropo came in with his arms wide like this and Billy couldn't get away from him."
Dressen laughed out loud.
"You know how big that Dropo is. Billy come up at him swinging; he wanted to kill him. Well, the next inning—the last inning—we had them one out and Dropo was on first. A guy hit a double-play ball to the shortstop. He flipped it to Billy for one and Billy pivoted to throw to first for the double play. But he didn't throw it to first. He tried to hit Dropo with it."
Charley shook his head in amusement.
"We got out of it okay, and in the clubhouse I walked over to Billy and I said to him, I don't want you to think I'm getting on you, I said, but that's not a good thing to do. He turned on me and he says, you blap son of a so-and-so, you blump blump this and that, and he stomped off to the shower, still mad as hell.
"Well, I went into the shower after him. He was undressed, you know, taking a shower, and I had my uniform on but I followed him into the shower. I said to him, you know what you called me? Damn, he was still mad. Yes, I know what I called you, he says, you blump blump so-and-so, he says, you can this and that. I wasn't sore, but hell, a man can't call his manager names like that. I said, I think you ought to apologize."
Dressen grinned in sheer delight.
"Apologize? he says. You can go to hell, you bampety, bamp blump, blump! I said, if you don't apologize, it's gonna cost you $200. He says, you can take your $200 and oh he was mad.
"I went up to Brick Laws, the president of the Oakland Club and I told him I wanted him to take two hundred out of Billy's paycheck. Brick's a nice, easygoing guy. He's got a big heart. I said, I mean it. This kid's a good ballplayer but he needs a lesson. I want you to take that money out. And Brick says, okay."