Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Leon Day, June 24, 1980

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Living accommodations in Mexico / traveling in Mexico

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Leon Day for the A. B. Chandler Oral History Project of the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Segment Synopsis: Day talks about his living accommodations while he was playing for the Mexican League. He also talks about traveling in Mexico at that time and some of the dangers associated with it.

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Keywords: Freddy Martin; Mexican League; Mexico; P. Alex Smith; Spanish language; accidents; bus travel; curve balls; danger; living accommodations; plane travel; travel

Subjects: Dandridge, Ray; Newark Eagles (Baseball Team)

00:04:25 - The Pasquel Brothers / baseball fans in Mexico

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Um, while you were there, um, you know a lot of those...

Segment Synopsis: Day shares some of his recollections of the Pasquel brothers, as well as of the baseball fans in Mexico.

Keywords: Fred Martin; Jorge Pasquel; Julio Pasquel; Mexican League; Pasquel brothers; baseball fans; camaraderie; children; fans; records

Subjects: Baseball players

00:08:28 - American baseball players in Mexico / Jackie Robinson and the decline of the Negro Leagues

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Partial Transcript: You had, um... you were th-... probably in Mexico City when Babe Ruth came to visit.

Segment Synopsis: Day talks briefly about some of the American baseball players whom he knew in Mexico. He also talks about Jackie Robinson's being signed on to the Major Leagues and the effect that this had on the Negro Leagues.

Keywords: attendance; news coverage

Subjects: Baltimore Elite Giants (Baseball Team); Baseball players; Doby, Larry; Major League Baseball (Organization); Negro leagues.; Owen, Mickey; Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972; Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948.; Stephens, Vern, 1920-1968

00:11:32 - Larry Doby / white friends and an instance of discrimination

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Partial Transcript: What kind of a ball player was Larry Doby when you played with him?

Segment Synopsis: Day talks about Larry Doby, a fellow baseball player. He discusses his friendship with white players and recounts an instance where one of them came to his defense when a bartender refused to serve him. The interview ends abruptly.

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Keywords: Canada; Joe Gordon; Toronto (Ontario); Virginia; Wenatchee (Washington); Winnipeg (Manitoba); discrimination; friends; second basemen

Subjects: African American baseball players; Baseball players; Doby, Larry; Irvin, Monte, 1919-; Outfielders (Baseball)