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He built a golf course at Vero Beach, FL so black players who couldn’t play on local courses could play there. Blacks and whites always roomed together on the Dodgers when other clubs weren’t yet doing this. On the Dodger plane you get fed, but still got your meal money. Other clubs would deduct the plane food from your meal allowance. In spring training, Mr. O’Malley would have your clothes cleaned and still give you a cleaning allowance. I never felt vindictive. He was the boss and even though he was kind and generous he taught me you just don’t cross him.”

Maury Wills
Los Angeles Times, August 10, 1979


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