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Oh, yes--a lot more than it is today.
Right. But now the way that money was divided--and this
is important in the beginning of my career--was that he had
remarried. He'd married a very lovely woman some years after
his first wife died, and he had six children. So when he died,
the money was divided in seven parts. The widow got a good
chunk of it, and the six children divided the rest.
Now, I'll have to tell you a few words about my father,
because my mother died the day before I was 16. And I was the
only son, so--
Did you have any sisters?
No, I was the only child. But the important thing to
remember is that my father and I were together then from the
day before I was 16 until his death.
Now a word about how my father and mother met. In those
days, when they were young, it was considered quite the thing
for respectable young ladies to take elocution lessons and
recite, you know, “The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck” and
stuff like that. My father, who was a very handsome, charming,
wonderful man--I absolutely adored him and so did everybody
else--besides being quite a ballplayer, gave elocution lessons
on the side and was a lithographer by profession. In about
1892 my pop got a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers as the
catcher. The Dodgers were members of a league called the
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