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April 6, 2009

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Julian Richardson

My father, Julian B Richardson played with Blaine after his career in the Negro Leagues. Blane lived off of Oella Avenue near the intersection of Westchester Avenue. They played together for JW Dickey& Sons an armature league team at The Old Brick Yard off of Rockhaven Ave. They both loved baseball and enjoyed the times they spent together. My father told me that the Boston Red Sox were interested in Blaine if he would say he was Cuban, but Blaine wouldn’t do that. My father played second base for Dickey’s but he said Blaine was the best second baseman he had ever seen. And gladly moved to third. I believe that must been in the 1930’s and Blaine was probably in his 40’s. I spoke with him several times at a local store on Oella Avenue he was a friendly, kind man who talked with fondest of my father. I always enjoyed our conversations because Blaine always smiled and seemed happy.

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