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By Bill Soto Castellanos,Margaret Copeland,Jannie Dresser,Doug McWilliams

From 1951 via 1957, Billy used to be viewers bat boy, Seals ball boy, and viewers clubhouse guy for the San Francisco Seals in the USA s most interesting ballpark at sixteenth & Bryant. Seals Stadium had every thing: a tumbler backstop, indoor concessions, woman ushers, top quality sound and lighting fixtures, Jacuzzi hydro-massage tubs within the clubhouse, even a dwell band. as the Bay quarter had a moment specialist baseball franchise, the Oakland Oaks, there has been a spirit of excessive competition that often drew crowds around the bridge. He was once a working-class child from business West Berkeley, watched the days swap and was once replaced by means of the days. sixteenth & Bryant is his hard-hitting coming-of-age tale set in the course of a pivotal time in American historical past. international warfare II used to be over but the chilly battle was once riding battles in Korea, Hollywood, and the Senate. the colour barrier in expert activities began to come down and other people have been marching for equivalent rights, but we nonetheless weren t pleased with each other. expert baseball golf equipment mirrored all of yankee society: black, white, Irish, Italian, Jewish, immigrants from Latin the USA, conflict vets, in addition to farm-fresh kingdom boys. Famed film-historian Ken Burns acknowledged the instant Jackie Robinson stepped past the chalk-lines at Ebbett s box in 1947, Baseball grew to become our nationwide past-time. This clubhouse-dugout-view offers us a glimpse of simply how the United States was once altering whilst the Seals struggled to outlive. all through all of it, Billy watched and discovered and utilized what Joe DiMaggio informed him: child, you ll get much farther in the event you discover ways to say please.

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