"Next day Brick's door opens and in comes Billy, very quiet. He takes out a roll and peels off ten $20 bills. Brick says, what's that for? Charley fined me, Billy says in this little voice. Brick says, put it back in your pocket. But he fined me, Billy says. I know it, Brick says. We're going to take it out of your paycheck. So Billy puts his money back in his pocket.
"That day we're having a meeting and Billy's sitting there, just as quiet. Then he says, can I say something? I said, sure. And he apologized. I'm sorry, he says. And I said, that's okay, Billy. You just saved yourself $200."
Dressen chuckled to himself.
"A hell of a ballplayer. I tried to sell him. I tried to sell him to Detroit. I tried to sell him to the Giants. The Giants said they had $180,000 tied up in second basemen, they couldn't afford no more. Nobody would look at him. I tried to sell him to this club [ Washington]. I wished they bought him. He's a hell of a ballplayer. I sure could use him now."
Now that Martin was back, Charley was asked, who did he think would win the pennant?
Charley thought for a long time, squinting as he looked out of the dugout at the sun-lighted dust floating around the batting-practice cage at Yankee Stadium.
"The Yankees," he said finally. "They got the balance. They got great fielding. They got speed. They got power. The White Sox been playing good ball. They got the best bunting I ever seen. Bunt, bunt, bunt. That Nelson Fox. One of the best ballplayers in the league. He can field, he can hit, he can bunt, he can do things. But the White Sox, they got to get three bunts to score a run. The Yankees sit on their hands for awhile and then, pop, one hit and they got a run, just like that. The Yankees got strong guys. They got a bunch of big, hairy guys that can put the ball in the seats. Pop, pop. They beat you to death."
Charley was asked about the Indians. His face lit up in a gleeful smile.
"They die when they play us," he grinned. "I don't know why we beat them so easy. We just hit against them. That's all."
Charley was asked if he got a bigger kick out of beating first division clubs than he did second division teams.