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Playing here wasn’t his claim to fame

According to something I read, Roberts was the Pittsburgh Pirates' first black player. His stop in Spokane would come after his relatively brief major league playing days.

Chances are, you’ve never heard of him

But when he was in his prime and healthy, this guy was just about as dominating as anybody in his day. Only Koufax, Gibson and Marichal were better. At least that's what it says here.

What was his claim to fame?

A) Pitched a no-hitter. B) Appeared in a movie called “C'mon, Let's Live a Little.” C) Dated Mamie Van Doren. D) All of the previous. E) Other.

The cards I mentioned in today’s Slice

Well, at least two of these spell “Veradale” correctly..

Among my souvenirs

Somewhere in a box of miscellaneous memorabilia I have a baseball pitched by this guy in a game at Crosley Field when I was a kid. He was with the Reds then. The pitch was fouled right over the third-base dugout by Art Shamsky of the Mets. It was a screamer and might have taken someone's head off if my athletic but otherwise useless brother-in-law hadn't snagged it.

I have mentioned this before. But I think of it every summer when watching games on TV.

Wish I could have traded the ball for my late sister's husband having been a better man.  

Past Spokane Indians managers include

The late Preston Gomez. In addition to the Astros, he also managed the Padres and Cubs.

Former major league player Pete Reiser had to step down as manager of the Indians in 1965 after suffering a heart attack. He was replaced by Duke Snider.

Roy Hartsfield went on to be the first manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

And you already know about Tommy Lasorda, Danny Ozark and others.

How did you select your spokes fodder?

A) Duplicates. B) Cards of guys on teams you hated. C) Checklists, managers and other oddball cards. D) Cards that already had been defaced in one way or another. E) Cards that had a chemically gum imprint on the photo of the player. F) Washington Senators. G) Other.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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