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00:00:04 - Early interest and career in baseball / signing with the St. Louis Browns organization

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Garver, your dad was responsible for your interest in baseball, wasn't he?

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses his early interest in baseball and his career in the Minor Leagues. He tells how he was offered a contract with the St. Louis Browns, which he accepted.

Keywords: Brothers; Contracts; Enlistment; Fathers; Federation League; Medical discharge; Mothers; Newark; Parents; Parnell Jim Heisner (??); Professional baseball players; Scott Cary; Scouts; Signings

Subjects: Baseball managers.; Baseball players.; Baseball.; Major League Baseball (Organization).; Minor league baseball.; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; United States. Navy.; World War, 1939-1945.

00:05:26 - Playing baseball in Newark, Ohio

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Partial Transcript: So that's the way that, that's the way I got a contract. So he, he just contacted the St. Louis Browns organization...

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about playing Minor League baseball in Newark, Ohio, with an affiliate team of the St. Louis Browns.

Keywords: Batting; Cape Girardeau (Mo.); Confidence; Contracts; Eddie Gilden (??); Hitting; Newark (Ohio); Ohio State League; Pinch hitting; Toledo (Ohio)

Subjects: Minor league baseball.; Pitching; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

00:08:47 - Salary as a Minor League player

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Partial Transcript: How much, uh, did you sign for? How much did you make that first year?

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses his salary when he played in the Ohio State League for an affiliate team of the St. Louis Browns.

Keywords: Baseball teams; Bonuses; Cape Girardeau (Mo.); Hotels; Job offers; Marriage; Money; Newark (Ohio); Off-season; Ohio State League; Salaries; Spring training

Subjects: Baseball players--Salaries, etc.--United States.; Minor league baseball.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

00:11:16 - Baseball parks in the Ohio State League / salary and daily stipend in the Minor Leagues

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Partial Transcript: Well that year, some of the teams that uh, you played against...

Segment Synopsis: Garver recalls some of the baseball parks he played in when he played for the Newark, Ohio team. He also talks briefly about his salary and daily stipend when he was traveling.

Keywords: American Legion; Baseball equipment; Baseball fans; Baseball gloves; Baseball parks; Baseball teams; Fans; Marion (Ohio); Money; Newark (Ohio); Ohio State League

Subjects: Baseball fields.; Minor league baseball.; Outfielders (Baseball).; Pitchers (Baseball).

00:15:33 - Pitching in Toledo and Elmira, Ohio / financial problems with teams and the baseball commissioner

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Partial Transcript: Now you went to Toledo the following year, did you not?

Segment Synopsis: Garver tells how he was sent to pitch for the Elmira, Ohio team so that the Toledo team could avoid paying him extra money. He states that the commissioner's office did little to help him when he had a grievance with his team.

Keywords: Contracts; Elmira (Ohio); Money; Raises; Road trips; San Antonio (Tex.); Toledo (Ohio)

Subjects: Baseball commissioners.; Baseball players.; Minor league baseball.; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

00:20:30 - Financial problems with the St. Louis Browns organization

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Partial Transcript: Are we talking about you--(clears throat)--having that season at San Antonio where you won seventeen games for a last place club...

Segment Synopsis: Garver states that he was told he was going to be brought up to the Major Leagues to play with the St. Louis Browns, but that he was kept in the Minor Leagues instead.

Keywords: Baseball player trades; Jon Miller; Money; Player trades; San Bernadino (Calif.)

Subjects: Baseball commissioners.; DeWitt, William O.; Major League Baseball (Organization).; San Antonio (Tex.).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

00:23:49 - Re-earning a place on the St. Louis Browns team

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Partial Transcript: Well. The only-- and I could tell you how that happened. See, we were, uh, in spring training, I had not pitched extremely well...

Segment Synopsis: Garver tells how he was able to get back onto the St. Louis Browns team by pitching well in several spring training games.

Keywords: Cliff Fannin; Pitching; Spring training; Warmups

Subjects: Baseball players; Chicago Cubs (Baseball Team).; Pitchers (Baseball).

00:26:51 - Players at San Antonio / first year in the Major Leagues / playing in Yankee Stadium

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Partial Transcript: Well when you were, with San Antonio, you uh, probably got some pretty good players, I think.

Segment Synopsis: Garver briefly discusses some of the players he knew in San Antonio. He also describes some of the first games he played in the Major Leagues and what it was like to play in Yankee Stadium.

Keywords: AA baseball; Baseball games; Baseball teams; Crowds; Farm clubs; Fred Sanford; Home runs; Sam Zoldak; Texas League

Subjects: Baseball players.; Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team).; Major League Baseball (Organization).; Minor league baseball.; New York Yankees (Baseball Team).; Pitchers (Baseball).; San Antonio (Tex.).; Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y. : 1923-2009).

00:32:46 - Joe DiMaggio / entertaining the baseball fans

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Partial Transcript: Did you face DiMaggio that day?

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about Joe DiMaggio and his talent as a player. He also gives his opinion on the importance of entertaining the fans in addition to playing well, stating that when he played baseball, this often wasn't as much of a priority.

Keywords: Barnstorming; Baseball fans; Baseball gloves; Batting practice; Entertainment; Fans; Pitching; Pressure; Retirement; Talents; Walking

Subjects: Baseball players.; Baseball.; DiMaggio, Joe, 1914-1999.; Pitchers (Baseball).; Williams, Ted, 1918-2002.

00:37:33 - Hitting skills of DiMaggio and Williams

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Partial Transcript: Did uh, DiMaggio and Williams, do you have any perceptible weaknesses? In hitting?

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses DiMaggio and Williams' hitting skills and talks about what it was like to pitch against them.

Keywords: Hitters; Hitting; Hitting strategies; Knuckleballs; Pitches; Pitching; Sliders; Smiling; Weaknesses

Subjects: Aaron, Hank, 1934- .; Baseball players.; DiMaggio, Joe, 1914-1999.; Pitchers (Baseball).; Williams, Ted, 1918-2002.

00:42:35 - Problems of the St. Louis Browns team

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Partial Transcript: Well you uh, even though you... had a losing record in, in '48, you had the lowest ERA on the, on the team...

Segment Synopsis: Garver describes some of the major problems the Browns team had when he played for them, including its players not being specialists (ie, not training specifically for a position) and that many of the good players were sold off to earn money for the team.

Keywords: Baseball player trades; Baseball positions; Baseball trades; ERA; Earned run average; Ken Wood; Specialists; Trades

Subjects: Baseball players.; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

00:47:43 - Bill and Charlie DeWitt / records as a pitcher

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the, the owners... Bill DeWitt, I guess his brother Charlie was the vice president.

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about Bill and Charlie DeWitt, former owners of the St. Louis Browns. He also talks about his records as a pitcher and how his falling ill during a game hurt his records one year.

Keywords: Baseball player trades; Baseball trades; Cal Hubbard; Charlie DeWitt; ERA; Earned run average; Flu; Illness; Money; Player salaries; Popularity; Records; Salaries; Trades; Zach Taylor

Subjects: Baseball managers.; Baseball team owners.; Baseball teams.; DeWitt, William O.; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

00:52:24 - Pitching and Satchel Paige

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Partial Transcript: But I don't think that was the cause of my... of my uh, injury. I don't, I don't think that was the cause of that.

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses the technical aspects of pitching and describes his teammate Satchel Paige's talent as a pitcher and his control of the ball. He relates a story illustrating this.

Keywords: Barnstorming; Baseball games; Body type; Muscles; Pitches; Pitching

Subjects: Baseball.; Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Wounds and injuries.

00:58:35 - Bill Veeck / more on Satchel Paige's pitching

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Partial Transcript: Did uh, were you happy to see Bill Veeck come?

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses Bill Veeck, who was another former owner of the St. Louis Browns. He also talks a little more about Satchel Paige and a game that he pitched.

Keywords: Baseball fans; Don Black; Egos; Entertainment; Fans; Gifts; Promotions; Rogers Hornsby; Shirts

Subjects: Baseball team owners.; Cleveland Indians (Baseball Team).; Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Veeck, Bill.

01:03:01 - Eddie Gaedel's batting in a game / other games

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Partial Transcript: You were there when the midget batted, weren't you?

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about the game the dwarf Eddie Gaedel batted in. He also talks about some of the other games he played in.

Keywords: Baseball games; Batters; Center field; Cliff Fannin; Eddie Gaedel; Eddie Joost; Frank Sauche (??); Runners; Runs; Walks

Subjects: Pitchers (Baseball).; Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y. : 1923-2009).

01:07:31 - Cliff Fannin / fellow St. Louis Browns teammates

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Partial Transcript: I think he was from Kentucky, was he?

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses Cliff Fannin, as well as several teammates of his from the St. Louis Browns.

Keywords: "The Duke"; Baseball games; Bob Dillinger; Chuck Stevens; Cliff Fannin; Eddie Pellegrini; Fielders; First base; Hitters; Money; Old-timers' games; Runners; Runs; Salaries

Subjects: Baseball players.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

01:13:28 - Being a good pitcher on a mediocre team

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Partial Transcript: So, uh. Gosh, in 1952 they, they said well you know I didn't, I didn't win many games there for a while...

Segment Synopsis: Garver discusses what it was like to be a good pitcher playing for a generally mediocre team like the St. Louis Browns. He shares the thoughts that he had as a pitcher at that time, especially when pitching against famous players.

Keywords: Baseball teams; Confidence; Runs; Starting pitchers

Subjects: Baseball players.; Major League Baseball (Organization).; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Wounds and injuries.

01:16:43 - More St. Louis Browns teammates / Paul Richards

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Partial Transcript: You had some other good ballplayers. Uh, Roy Sievers came along I think in '49.

Segment Synopsis: Garver shares his thoughts on other St. Louis Browns players he knew. He also mentions Paul Richards, baseball manager and innovator.

Keywords: "Slip pitch"; Baseball gloves; Harry Deutsch (??); Hitters; Innovation; Paul Richards; Pitching; Pull hitters; Roy Sievers; Talent

Subjects: Baseball managers.; Baseball players.; Pitchers (Baseball).

01:21:09 - Sherm Lollar

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Partial Transcript: Who was your best friend on the squad?

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about his friend and teammate Sherm Lollar, who was a catcher. He tells how the two of them were able to win games through teamwork.

Keywords: Cliff Fannin; Faults; Friends; Running; Sherm Lollar; Sinkers; Throwing

Subjects: Baseball players.; Catchers (Baseball).; Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

01:24:26 - The St. Louis Browns' 1951 Season

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about your 1951 season. That's gotta be the high point of your career.

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about the 1951 season for the Browns, which was an outstanding season for him as a pitcher, despite being a poor one for the team as a whole. He states his opinion that the defeatist attitude of many of his teammates may have negatively affected the team's winning record.

Keywords: Attitudes; Baseball games; Negative attitudes; Ray Herbert; Relief pitchers

Subjects: Baseball players.; Baseball teams.; New York Yankees (Baseball Team).; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Veeck, Bill.

01:28:38 - A game against the Washington Senators

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Partial Transcript: I gave up uh, I gave up against the Washington Senators one day. Seventeen hits.

Segment Synopsis: Garver remembers a game that the St. Louis Browns played against the Washington Senators.

Keywords: Baseball games; Hitters; Home runs; Losses; Paul Richards; Pitching; Relief pitchers; Wins; Zach Taylor

Subjects: Basketball.; Pitchers (Baseball).; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Washington Senators (Baseball Team).

01:33:14 - The last game of the 1951 season

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Partial Transcript: But anyway, uh, I won three games. Won the three games...

Segment Synopsis: Garver tells how he hit a home run during the last game of the 1951 season. He also briefly talks about his teammates' reaction to his having a good season.

Keywords: Harlem Globetrotters; Hitters; Home runs; Media attention

Subjects: Baseball players.; Basketball.; Minor league baseball.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).

01:37:43 - Player endorsements / salary with the St. Louis Browns

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Partial Transcript: Did you get any endorsements out of it?

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about some of his endorsements after he had an excellent season as a pitcher. He also discusses his salary when he was playing for the St. Louis Browns.

Keywords: Baseball fans; Contracts; Crowds; Endorsements; Fans; Money; Player endorsements; Public attention; Salaries; Wages; Wheaties

Subjects: Gillette Safety Razor Company.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Veeck, Bill.

01:42:40 - Reasons for not testifying for the Celler Committee / Curt Flood and the reserve clause

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Partial Transcript: You were uh, also at the end of that year actually subpoenaed to come to uh, testify...

Segment Synopsis: Garver tells why he did not testify for the Celler Committee, which dealt with anti-trust laws. He also shares his feelings on the Curt Flood case and the reserve clause, stating that he feels that players ought to be able to be sent to another team if they don't get to play frequently enough.

Keywords: Barnstorming; Celler Committee; Curt Flood; Emanuel Celler; Promotions; Reserve clause

Subjects: Baseball players.; Baseball team owners.; Berra, Yogi, 1925-.; Catchers (Baseball).

01:48:58 - Being traded to the Detroit Tigers / Larry Doby and Satchel Paige

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Partial Transcript: ...Two more quick questions. The first... were you pleased to be traded to Detroit?

Segment Synopsis: Garver tells how he learned that he had been traded to the Detroit Tigers and how he felt about it at that time. He also talks about Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.

Keywords: Baseball player trades; Baseball trades; Radio

Subjects: Baseball players; Detroit Tigers (Baseball Team).; Doby, Larry.; Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.; St. Louis Browns (Baseball Team).; Veeck, Bill.

01:54:57 - Pitching to knock batters down

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Partial Transcript: Was that a weapon that you used as a pitcher?

Segment Synopsis: Garver talks about the practice of trying to knock the batter down with one's pitch, and mentions games in which that strategy was used. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Baseball games; Fights; Pitching; Sherm Lollar

Subjects: Baseball players.; Baseball.; Pitchers (Baseball).