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YOU CAN CONSIDER IT CAME FROM ME
Jim Brosnan
March 07, 1960
That's what St. Louis Manager Solly Hemus said (often) at the 1959 training camp. In a rare insider's diary of camp life, Pitcher Jim Brosnan (now with the Redlegs) tells what Solly meant
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March 07, 1960

You Can Consider It Came From Me

That's what St. Louis Manager Solly Hemus said (often) at the 1959 training camp. In a rare insider's diary of camp life, Pitcher Jim Brosnan (now with the Redlegs) tells what Solly meant

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The St. Petersburg Times said: "Fair and warmer...." Already the morning sun was making my beer can sweat. I picked up a razor blade to cut out the sports page headline: BROSNAN, MIZELL, HAL SMITH BRIGHTEST FOR CARDS.

"We'll win more than we did down here," Hemus had said. "It rained a lot. But it wasn't the fault of the weather. Everybody is in pretty good shape, and we've had some pleasant surprises."

An uneasy feeling gnawed at the pride I felt from reading the headline. Everything had gone well this spring. Physically I had been loose and healthy. Mentally I had been content. My mistakes hadn't cost meā€”those sliders that hung; most of them had been popped up in the air. Could it be that I had been granted custody of the Golden Arm?

"This is the time of the year we can afford to experiment," Hemus had said, "and make mistakes. We're in a little slump now as far as runs are concerned. But we'll come out of it. And what better time than now!"

What better time, indeed, to drain the last suds from a can of beer and throw the can into the waves! Give that Budweiser a good start and it may go all the way. I watched the sun gleam on the surface of the water-tossed can, until a car horn beeped a summons. Then I gathered my luggage, locked the doors and headed North to open the season.

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