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"If the front office approves of the manager, and the manager approves of the players, it seems to be a happy situation," he said. "I have a pretty free hand in Chicago, and on the field my judgment—right or wrong—has never been questioned by Chuck Comiskey. He might have questioned it to himself, but not to me. The second guess is always nice to have, but it never wins ball games for you.
"Any honor or success I have as a manager is due to the fact that my players give me one hundred percent on the field. I tell them all the time that for me to be successful as a manager—if there is such a thing as a successful manager—'you, first of all, have to be successful as players.' "
PROPER BUT NOT POPULAR
"I believe in treating my players as I would like to be treated myself, and if I treat them properly, I think I'll be a good manager. When I say properly, I mean this: You're not in a popularity contest with your players. The only thing you want to have is their respect. To make a guy respect you doesn't necessarily mean that every time he steps out of line you're going to fine him. He's not going to respect you. He's going to dislike you. You have to know each individual. Some you pat on the back. Others you have to kick in the pants. There are certain ballplayers who will take advantage of anybody's being good-natured. That's when I stop being good-natured. Right then!
"When I say 'yes,' I mean yes. When I say 'no,' I mean no. I never say 'maybe.' " Marty Marion bit out the words and there was no maybe about what he meant.
"I have no personal feelings for ballplayers' likes or dislikes. I'm only interested in the job they do on the field. If I hate a guy and he's a good ballplayer, he'd be my No. 1 man. If my best friend in the whole world wasn't any good, he couldn't play for me. I have no sentimental reasons for playing certain types of ballplayers. I play them because of their ability.
"I feel ballplayers' personal problems interfere with their playing on the field. I don't permit any of them to answer phone calls in the clubhouse. Once they get in uniform, I don't want them thinking about anything but baseball.
"If they're happy at home, they tend to play better ball. I don't like to see athletes marry glamour girls. I like to see them marry homey girls who are interested in marriage and children.
"There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Some guys have marital difficulties, and it doesn't affect their play. Enos Slaughter has had five wives, and every time he gets married, he has a good year.
"But go figure it. A ballplayer who thinks he can go out and do things, or dissipate and get away with it, is crazy. There is no place he can go and hide. Too many people know you and too many people are willing to talk.