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was going to high school, and he played on a baseball team on
Sundays at Park Circle. He was terrific.
Where is Park Circle?
Park Circle is on the outskirts of Prospect Park. There were
baseball diamonds there. I'm sure it exists there. It's on the Flatbush
Avenue side. We would go on Sunday to watch him play. We were his
supporters. We would cheer him and he would talk to us, and it was a
great event. I'm trying to think of where we went outside of the
circle. It was not until I was in high school that I can remember going
into New York City, and I remember going into New York City for a
specific reason. I became interested, I don't know why, we had a
radio. We were one of the few people with a radio. I remember
KDKA. This would be in the Twenties, the early period. We had a
radio with a speaker shaped like a cone, and the kids would come up
to listen to Graham McNamee describe the World Series. I just
thought of a great story. The kids -- the kids, that's us -- would have
a club. We had a team, the Crimsons, and we had a club that met in
the Y, and we had what you would call faculty advisors, someone from
the Y who was assigned to meet with us.
How old were you at this point?
I would have to be -- this may be early high school. No, no,
because my brothers are in high school at the time. They're on the
debating team in high school, so I'd be in public school.
So you were twelve, thirteen?
Yes. We went to the Y once a week and we would meet there
and discuss what we should meet and talk about. So we should talk
about baseball. And then I remember suggesting that we should have
a debate, because I used to follow my brothers and watch them
debate capital punishment and League of Nations and World Court.
Those were the typical discussions. As a matter of fact, they debated
their arch-rival, Boys’ High, and the key debater at Boys' High was
what's-his-name from the ILG, Gus Tyler. Gus and I would talk from
time to time. “How are your brothers?”
“Of course I remember.”
I remember I met him in Fresh Meadows Theater, we were seeing
“Reds” and there he was. He lives in Great Neck.
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