Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Country singer, former Negro Leagues player Charley Pride comes full circle

Somehow I missed the There’s a Little Bit of Hank Aaron in Me follow-up LP.

Pride slugged his way out of Sledge in 1952, catching on with the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League. He pitched, played outfield, smashed home runs and drew the interest of the St. Louis Cardinals. “I sound like I’m bragging, but I was good,” he says. “I could throw the hummer the hook and the chain. I could hit. Boy, could I ever hit.”

But the night the Cardinals’ chief scout came to watch him in Saxon, Mo., he heard a sharp “crack” in his elbow.

“I thought why is this happening?” Pride says. “I would have been picked up. I ate and slept baseball. Baseball was my plan.”

It didn’t end on the mound in Saxon, though it was only a matter of time before it did. Pride bounced around the minor leagues for a decade, at one point being traded for a “bus.” It was on the buses, in between the nowhere towns, where he would pluck away at his guitar singing the songs he grew with up. Country songs.

His last shot at the big leagues was a tryout with the Mets organization in 1962.

“[Manager] Casey Stengel didn’t even give me a chance,” he says. “I remember thinking one of these days you are going to hear about me. I didn’t know it would be for my singing.

Repoz Posted: May 09, 2012 at 10:15 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, music

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Dangerous Dean Posted: May 09, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4127254)
Shame Charlie never got to play in the bigs. But I am glad we got his music. We likely would never have heard him if he had a long big league career.
   2. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: May 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4127433)
Not to be rude, but there's evidence that he was actually any good - right? Just his frequent admonitions that he could play...
   3. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4127446)
Dedicated to Jim Fregosi: "Kiss an Angel Good Morning."
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4127450)
Re: #2--
He had Fidel Castro power, Mario Cuomo defense, and a Macho Man Randy Savage batting eye.
   5. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: May 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4127478)
#2 - i meant to say "no evidence", of course.
I'll give him this - he had sticktoitiveness.
   6. Rally Posted: May 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4127480)
Wikipedia lists his birthdate as 3/18/1938. That's probably not right, as it would make him 14 for his first year in the Negro Leagues and 15 for his first contract in the Yankees organization. BB-ref lists him as born in 1936 which is more likely to be correct.
   7. Rally Posted: May 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4127487)
Macho Man Randy Savage batting eye


That doesn't actually seem to be a bad thing. In the only minor league season that we have K/W data for him, 1974, Savage took 46 walks, struck out 85 times in 461 at bats. He was 21 playing in the Florida State League, so he's probably a normal age for his level.

His plate discipline looks about average. His problem was that he didn't hit the ball with enough authority: .232 batting and .358 slugging. He's listed at 6'1 195. He might have had a career if he started on steroids before his baseball career ended. Could have been Canseco a decade earlier.
   8. Russ Posted: May 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4127501)
Interesting that there's no mention of his nephew Curtis in the article.

   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4127505)
#7--
Well, this is exactly why I was fired with prejudice as an athletic scout. I advised Kurt Russell to keep working on his infield defense, and told O.J. to skip the NFL draft to become an actor.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogClosest MLB Park by Drive Time
(18 - 1:04pm, Feb 24)
Last: eric

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-23-2018
(26 - 12:55pm, Feb 24)
Last: VCar

NewsblogArizona Diamondbacks analysis: Yasmany Tomas contract keeps hurting
(4 - 12:54pm, Feb 24)
Last: Endless Trash

NewsblogOT - 2017-18 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to End of Time edition)
(204 - 12:53pm, Feb 24)
Last: Tom Cervo, backup catcher

NewsblogInside Baseball | Picking Jake Arrieta's New Team
(11 - 12:44pm, Feb 24)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogJ.D. Martinez reportedly has deal with Red Sox
(66 - 12:39pm, Feb 24)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogOTP 19 February 2018: Does Buster Posey Have a Post-playing Career in Politics?
(1802 - 12:20pm, Feb 24)
Last: Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(781 - 12:08pm, Feb 24)
Last: Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB)

NewsblogMLB Should Embrace Rule That Lets Teams Bat Anyone They Want In 9th Inning
(140 - 11:33am, Feb 24)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogInside Baseball MLB Notes | Hanley Ramirez Ready For Comeback
(40 - 12:11am, Feb 24)
Last: Mudpout

NewsblogInside Mickey Callaway’s steps toward modernizing the Mets | New York Post
(15 - 10:45pm, Feb 23)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogWhat if the Rays actually have a good plan?
(44 - 6:55pm, Feb 23)
Last: Itsdrainageeli

NewsblogRays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson
(70 - 4:52pm, Feb 23)
Last: Walt Davis

Gonfalon CubsFinally
(68 - 2:55pm, Feb 23)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogDanny Farquhar’s data-centric approach paying dividends for Lucas Giolito – The Athletic
(20 - 2:21pm, Feb 23)
Last: This is going to be state of the art wall

Page rendered in 0.2950 seconds
47 querie(s) executed