"I want my
ballplayers to get their proper rest. Then they have a good chance of playing
ball. Some ballplayers can play every day. Some can play better with rest. They
all think they can play every day and resent being taken out but a manager has
to have the foresight to rest them.
thing you have to watch. The better ballplayer you were gives you a tendency to
say, 'He should have caught that ball,' because you think you would have caught
it. Everybody can't be the same and you can't expect your ballplayers to be as
good as you were or as bad as you were, whichever way it goes.
"I've had a
rather funny career," Marion said. "All my life, and I'll be 39 in
December, I've been a very nervous individual. As a player, I kept picking up
pebbles and all that kind of junk, but it was just a question of nerves. Before
every ball game, whether it was exhibition or World Series, my stomach went
round and round.
once told me, 'That's why you're a good athlete, because you reach a pitch.
You're on edge all the time. I'm that way before I operate on a person, and I
think most people who do well in a chosen profession are like that.'
"I don't get
over that nervous feeling until the game is over, and if we win, I'm real
happy. If we lose, I'm like the fellow with a real even disposition, mad all
"A lot of
times when we lose a ball game, I come home and don't even speak to my wife.
Why I should take it out on her, I don't know, but I can't be happy or in a
good mood when we lose. They say you should leave it at the office, so to
speak. It's a good idea, but how do you do it?"
looking for an answer. Since he was a skinny, outsized kid playing baseball
barefooted in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Ga., baseball has been his whole
was a great baseball fan," he said, "and she was a good athlete in
school. My father was a real good amateur ballplayer and had a chance to play
professional, but back in those days there wasn't too much money in baseball.
He signed up, but never did appear. All my brothers—I'm the second oldest of
four—were good athletes.
"I went to
spring training with the Cardinals in 1937," he recalled. "I had only
seen one big league game in my life and I didn't even know what the Gashouse
Gang was, but five minutes after I had registered at the hotel in Daytona
Beach, Mr. [Frankie] Frisch had me on the side saying, 'Kid, big league
baseball is this. Have one good year, and you can fool them for five more.'
" 'Why, Mr.