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"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.
"There's one 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.
"A doctor 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 the time.
"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?"
"My mother 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. Frisch?'