After the player panel and before we headed out to Rickwood Field, there was a short time to get some of the players' autographs. I didn't plan ahead. I had nothing for them to sign. Well, maybe my program book. The lines started and I was lost. Then, a fellow SABR-ite pulled out a small bag of fresh baseballs. I asked if I could buy one from him. He politely sneered, handed me one and refused any form of payment.
I took the above photo with the 'smart scene' option on my camera. The picture is accurate. The ball is very white. The rest of the photos I took with the "Flower" option. I don't know what that means, but I guess it was for close-ups. I'm not pleased with the creaminess color of the ball, but I was having trouble with the auto focus on the 'smart scene' setting. I'll try to get better photos later. I just wanted to share what I had now.
|Billy "Ray" Haggins|
|Birmingham Sam Brison|
The time I spent with these gentlemen are very special to me. When I spoke with them, I tried not to go into "interview" mode. I wanted to talk with them, not grill them. I hadn't (and still haven't) honed my questioning skills. I have the conversations in my memories and they can't really be transcribed. I don't know that I'll try to do that. I might just be a bit selfish and keep them to myself.
If you have a chance to spend any time with former Negro League players, do take advantage of it. You'll be glad you did.