We didn't have the greatest equipment, but you went out and you made do with what you had, and as the years went on, you started getting more equipment, better equipment, and you started getting better at playing the game.
We would take cardboard from boxes and we'd cut out the shape of a glove and then you kind of form it to your hand, put your hand in it and you weaved it around and formed it. Then you made two pieces and you glued them together or you took string and made holes and you go around the outside so that it would at least last for a little bit. And then we would take rags and put them inside for the stuffing so when the ball hit, it wouldn't hurt your hand.
Baseballs, we did the same thing; we would take paper, we would look for anything that we could find and then we would wrap cloth around it and then we'd take tape and we'd wrap tape around it and then we'd draw the lines like you see on the baseball, the seams.
They didn't go as far as we wanted them to, but they served a purpose, they served the purpose of giving us the opportunity to be able to play the game, swing the bat, run the bases, catch the fly ball. Sometimes you try to throw it hard and think you're throwing it a hundred miles an hour but it would just float up there.
So it was fun, it was really fun to be able to do that and get the experience as a youngster growing up about playing the game.