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When first signed by the Nashville Vols, I traveled with the team and pitched batting practice in the spring of 1953. After a week, I was sent to Oshkosh to begin my career. One of the Nashville players, Gail Harris, who played first base, asked me where I was being sent and I told him. He knew it was my first year in pro ball, and since he was older and had played a few years, he gave me this advice. "Enjoy yourself, kid, the first year is the best and the most fun. After that, it's all business." I'd have to say he was right. Most of us ballplayers vividly remember our first year in pro ball the best. In those days, most of us first year players were young, age 18 or so, and fresh out of high school. So it was a thrill and an adventure to sign a pro contract and be sent far from home to play ball, and actually get paid for it ! Gail Harris went on to have a career in the major leagues, and I never saw him again, but I still remember those words he spoke to me so long ago. Other players I remember from my brief sojourn with the Nashville Vols were Buster Boguski, Hugh Poland (manager), Jim Constable (pitcher), Jack Harshman (pitcher), and Pete Mallory (pitching coach and player).

Submitted by Bill O'Donnell as additional remembered material

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