Not everyone lives in or near Kansas City where the Negro leagues Baseball Museum calls home.
Many find their way through the doors at 18th and Vine during the summer time whether vacationing in KC or coming to town to catch the a game at Kauffman Stadium.
But just in case you can’t or you haven’t had the chance to hear museum president Bob Kendrick give the “VIP” (which means everybody!) tour – we thought we would put some pictures together for you so that you could see some of the exhibits and history that make the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum an American treasure.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has something for everyone including a fantastic gift shop as you enter. I saw the doors locked during the All Star game a couple of years ago and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp put down the plastic to buy a ton of clothing, lids and coats for his family and fans!
One of the first great exhibits that you can visit is the Grand Stand Theater where James Earl Jones describes as only he can the history of Negro Leagues baseball.
There is so much history to take in at the Negro Leagues baseball Museum including jerseys, hats and more!
There is so much history at the museum and it’s not all about baseball. Negro Leagues baseball was a precursor to the Civil Rights movement.
The great Rube Foster was WAY before his time as an administrator and owner.
There are many things that you can’t miss when you visit the Museum but one that you ABSOLUTELY have to see is the Field of Legends with statues of baseball greats.
Martin Dihigo was the first great player from Latin America and played all seven positions and played them all very well. His statue is one of many in the museum immortalizing Negro Leagues legends.
You wouldn’t think that a musician from Canada would have a deep passion for Negro leagues baseball but Rush lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee donated this autographed baseball collection of Negro Leagues players to the Museum and stops by when he’s in Kansas City.
Talk about ironic baseball history! How about this ball signed by Jackie Robinson and Ty Cobb among others. Buck O’Neil used to say that there is no doubt that Cobb signed the ball first!
Bob Kendrick and his great staff do a fantastic job of keeping the Museum going every day while bringing in more and more for people to see and learn about Negro Leagues history. But there is no doubt that it is the house that Buck built.
For more information about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum you can check out the website.
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22 players who played Negro Leagues baseball have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Check out some video biographies of those immortalized.
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The scouting report…
Great range to his left or right.
A student of hitters who knew tendencies before the days of film study in the clubhouse.
A magical glove anywhere on the infield.
As graceful as he is in the field his bat makes just as much noise rendering balls unplayable.
If you were to read this scouting report you might think of modern shortstops like Troy Tulowitzki or even a young Alex Rodriguez.
Hall of Famer Willie Wells was the precursor to them all – a rare combination of unbelievable ability in the field and a bat that set a Negro Leagues baseball record for most home runs in a season.
Born in 1906, the Austin, Texas native’s career spanned three decades from 1924 to 1948 mostly with the St. Louis Stars ( seven seasons – every year the Stars were in existence). There were players in Negro League history, like Cool Papa Bell who played for numerous franchises and for many of those stops – their teams were historic – Wells was one of those guys.
The 10-time All Star had remarkable career numbers - .319 career batting average, .510 slugging percentage, 98 home runs, 644 runs scored, 399 runs batted in, and 756 games played.
“I didn’t want to do anything but play baseball. That was my life and it was good to me. Baseball is still nothing but hit the ball and catch the ball.”
It was that kind of simple approach that made the game come so easily to him – much easier than it did or does to mere mortals.
The St. Louis Stars weren’t around long but they were a dominant offensive ball club filled with big bats led by Wells and Mule Suttles. The 1927 season was Wells greatest setting a Negro leagues record with 27 home runs in a year where he and his Stars teammates won the Negro Leagues title by dethroning the two-time defending champion Chicago American Giants in one of the best series in Negro Leagues history five games to four.
After the Stars resolved, Wells accumulated quite a jersey collection from Detroit to Homestead to the Monarchs of Kansas City continuing to run down anything and everything hit his way and putting up Cooperstown-like numbers at the plate.
It was when Wells joined the Newark Eagles that he played with arguably the greatest collection of players in his career and maybe in Negro Leagues history.
The “Million Dollar Infield” is the most star-studded combination in baseball history. Wells joined Ray Dandridge, Dick Seay, and old Stars teammate Mule Suttles to strike fear into opposing pitchers. Three of the four are now enshrined in Cooperstown with only Dick Seay (who was a defensive wizard) not being immortalized.
Wells hall of fame career (inducted by the veterans committee in 1997 and in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2010) also took him outside of the United States where he made his mark in Mexico and Cuba where fans nicknamed him El Diablo for his intense style of play. Along the way he garnered league MVP honors in Cuba on two occasions
Wells illustrious career was full of firsts from the home run record to his teammates to being the first professional baseball player credited for wearing a batting helmet after he sustained a concussion. The helmet was actually a construction helmet!
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The following is a story that ran previously but wanted to post it again as Charlie Hustle debuts their line of Negro Leagues inspired clothing today. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
You can see the entire line and get your shirt on-line.
Charlie Hustle – Painting the Negro Leagues story using t-shirts as their canvas.
The one thing that has truly amazed me since the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum started this blog – and continues to amaze me to this day – is the love that people have for the teams and players that didn’t make millions of dollars. Who weren’t household names and whose history for the most part was forgotten.
Another shining example of that is a homegrown business in Kansas City – Charlie Hustle.
Just like their namesake Pete Rose – Chase McAnulty and crew are cranking out hit after hit and now offer a line of Negro League baseball merchandise that is second to none.
“As purveyors of classic garb, or as most call it ‘vintage’ – working with the Negro League Baseball Museum on this project was copacetic with what we are trying to do as a business, McAnulty said. “We love nothing more than to dive into the archives and find inspiration through history. Many of our current designs are based on a broad range of time honored events in sports and pop culture, so it made complete sense for us to look to the Negro Leagues and bring their stories to life.
The line – perfect for the holidays – offers everything a baseball fan would want in retro apparel. This collection is inspired by Charlie Hustle’s knowledge and passion for vintage baseball t-shirts matched with the teams and players of Negro League baseball.
“Of course, there are the Kansas City Monarchs and Homestead Grays,” McAnulty said as he counted his fingers remembering all of the teams in the project. “But what about teams like the Indianapolis Clowns? A barnstorming team that was a collective mix between show business and actual talent. They were the Harlem Globetrotters of baseball. While fielding a legitimate team, respected enough to be a part of Negro League baseball, they also toured from town to town bringing comedy to the sandlot, entertaining thousands. Or what about the Million Dollar Infield for the Black Sox of Baltimore a nickname given to them by the media because of their prospective worth at the time had they been white ball players. The Negro Leagues have plenty of stories to tell and you’ll experience that throughout our line of t-shirts. They are conversation pieces.”
Much like the mission of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – who McAnulty and Charlie Hustle work closely with to ensure the accuracy of the logos – it’s all about educating baseball fans young and old about a time in baseball before Jackie Robinson where Satchel Paige, Oscar Charleston and Josh Gibson roamed the diamond.
“It’s the most important part of what we are doing,” McAnulty said with a smile. “Our brand is built off of what inspires us and what can bring us back to our childhood. It’s a 50/50 split between memory and design, without one of these it has no soul, and soul is what gives value to the consumer. Therefore it’s important to give it the due diligence it deserves in order for us to provide that value. That kind of passion goes hand in hand with the products we put to market. I feel like we as business owners are educating ourselves on the Negro Leagues daily and the more we get entrenched in the history the more we want to share it with the world. Being able to teach a younger generation about what the Negro Leagues goes beyond baseball. It’s another way of learning history through sport.”
One of the very cool parts of the Negro Leagues line is the fact that it financially helps the Museum.
Chase McAnulty and NLBM President Bob Kendrick
“Absolutely – just like any museum, it needs constant funding and watering if you will to stay alive and expand. Being from Kansas City myself, this is where the museum belongs and it’s up to the people of our community to make sure it stays here, “ McAnulty continued. “ We take great pride in being able to help benefit the museum and will do everything we can to educate and help it to grow. The Negro Leagues are a huge part of the history of America’s greatest pastime and Kansas City was the hub for it. One line that reads on a poster in the museum is -
“It was the ambition of every black boy to be a Monarch, as it was for every white boy to become a Yankee..”
“While Kansas City is known for its mouth-watering BBQ and cool Jazz, as well as being home to the NLBM, it’s also an amazing city for entrepreneurs. We embody a spirit that resounds metaphorically with the Negro Leagues. It’s more than just t-shirts and being able to give back to our community in general while doing what we love to do is definitely…very cool!”
As a Kansas City native and baseball fan, McAnulty and his two partners and crew at Charlie Hustle are fans – yes there will always be a business aspect but at the heart of it all is a passion and appreciation for baseball now and of the Negro Leagues.
“I think the basis behind Charlie Hustle is to tell those great Negro Leagues stories using the t-shirt as our canvas,” McAnulty said. “The more you learn you can’t help but want to know more and in turn do more. Working with the Negro League Baseball Museum allows me to do that as a fan and as a business owner. I think it’s giving me a greater appreciation for the history of baseball and it’s evolution we see today.”
For more information about the Charlie Hustle Negro Leagues Project – check out thisvideo from Kickstarter.
Stay tuned for ways that you can win Charlie Hustle Negro Leagues gear right here at Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords!
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When baseball fans talk about baseball in Ohio they usually talk about Cincinnati and the Big Red Machine or Bob Feller and the Indians. One team they don’t bring up was only in existence for seven years and in that time won two pennants and a World Series. That team…the Cleveland Buckeyes.
Check out the Buckeyes in action in this rare film footage.
The Cleveland Buckeyes were organized by Ernest Wright, a hotel and nightclub owner in Erie, PA, with Wilbur Hayes, a local sports promoter, serving as executive manager. Formed at the end of 1941, the Buckeyes spent 1942 as the Cleveland-Cincinnati Buckeyes. The team began playing in 1943 as the Cleveland Buckeyes and had a number of all-star players during the 1940s, including pitcher Gene Bremmer, first baseman Archie Ware, and catcher Quincy Trouppe. Perhaps the best of the Buckeyes was Sam Jethroe, the centerfielder who was the league’s most valuable player in 1945 (.393 batting average and 21 stolen bases).
Trouppe and Jethroe were easily the most impactful of the Buckeyes as both would see their dreams fulfilled by reaching the major Leagues. Trouppe, along with relief pitcher “Toothpick” Sam Jones became the first all African-American battery in American League history in 1952 for the Cleveland Indians while Jethroe used his speed and power to play for the Boston Braves for three seasons after Branch Rickey bought him from the Buckeyes for $5,000 and later sold him to the Braves.
With the team bus broken during their first season, the Cleveland Buckeyes were forced to travel in three cars to reach their games. One of these three cars was involved in a tragic accident on 7 September 1942. Catcher Ulysses “Buster” Brown and pitcher Raymond “Smokey” Owens were killed, while pitchers Alonzo Boone, Eugene Bremmer, Herman Watts and general manager Wilbur Hayes were seriously injured. The Buckeyes were scheduled to play four games in just over 24 hours against the New York Black Yankees in Buffalo, New York, Akron, Ohio and Meadville, Pennsylvania. They were on their way from Buffalo to Akron at the time of the crash, on Route 20 near Geneva, Ohio. The Buckeyes chose to finish their season after the accident, despite the loss of so many players. For the last two weeks of the 1942 season all of their scheduled games were on the road. The Buckeyes lost all of them.
In 1945 the Buckeyes finished in first place in both halves of the NAL season, compiling an overall record of 53-16, the Buckeyes earned a spot in the Negro World Series against the defending champions, the Homestead Grays. Behind the pitching of Willie Jefferson and Gene Bremmer, the Clevelanders won their first series games at Cleveland Stadium and League Park, then completed the sweep by winning the next 2 games on the road. The Buckeyes won the league pennant again in 1947 but lost to the New York Cubans in the Negro World Series.
Despite success on the field, the Buckeyes lost money in 1947, and by 1949 moved to Louisville, Kentucky. It returned for the first half of the 1950 season, but after winning only 3 of its 36 games, the team disbanded.
Charlie Hustle is introducing its new line of Negro Leagues inspired t-shirts tomorrow (www.charliehustleshop.com) and you could be one of the first to own this Cleveland Buckeyes tee.
Just share the Buckeyes story via Twitter between now and Saturday using #ClevelandRocks and you will be put into a drawing to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday morning via Twitter and right here at Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords.
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The world of baseball mourns today as they lose one of their own.
Jerry Coleman was a great baseball man and an American hero. He passed away today at the age of 89.
Coleman played for the New York Yankees from 1949 to 1957, managed the San Diego Padre in 1980 and has been a part of the Friars broadcast crew for many years and was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 as a broadcaster.
You can put the baseball aside when you talk about Coleman if you’d like and focus only his service to his country.
Coleman was a Marine aviator in both World War II and Korea earning a multitude of medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He is the only Major League Baseball player to see action in two wars.
In fact, the 1949 Associated Press Rookie of the Year in 1949 left baseball in order to participate in the Korean War as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Growing up in California, Coleman was brought up to b color-blind. Always an advocate for the Negro Leagues and the players that played in that beloved league – he remembers the first time that he saw Jackie Robinson in the article below from the U-T San Diego and Jay Paris from April 15, 2013.
Jerry Coleman never forgot his first sight of Jackie Robinson
LOS ANGELES – Mention Jackie Robinson and Jerry Coleman’s time machine shifts into overdrive.
Sure they stared each other down in the World Series, with Robinson leading the Dodgers and Coleman, the Yankees’ scrappy second baseman.
But Coleman’s exposure to Robinson, who was honored by major league baseball on Monday, goes back. Way back, to when Coleman was a senior at San Francisco’s Lowell High School.
“We were playing the Stanford frosh team in basketball and after our game, UCLA played Stanford,” Coleman said. “There was this African-American out there for UCLA and he was running all over the place, making everyone look stupid. He was five players in one.”
Coleman, the Padres’ announcer, still shakes his head.
“I later found out it was Jackie Robinson,” he said. “Then the next time I saw him, he was a Dodger.”
Or better put, the enemy. The Yankees and Dodgers shared New York City, with the Giants. But no one, according to Coleman, could match Robinson.
“We would have a meeting and talk about the players before the World Series,” Coleman said. “But the only Dodgers we talked about were Pee Wee Reese and Jackie. Not Roy Campanella, not Gil Hodges, not Duke Snider, not Billy Cox – it was Reese and Robinson. It was because those were the guys that could beat you. They were the creme de la creme.”
Robinson’s legacy rose to the top, but not for his baseball talents. When he took the field in 1947, he left a footprint that is rightly celebrated today, and every day, Americans boast of being the land of the free.
Coleman still shudders of the inequity black players absorbed. Coming from San Francisco, Coleman said he was color blind. Then he began his baseball journey and was shocked and disgusted how fellow Americans treated those of color.
“The more you think about him being the only person, the only black person in baseball, and what that would do to you,” Coleman said. “How do you live through that?
“You can’t stay in the hotels with your teammates when you were down South, in Kansas City or St. Louis. I remember when Elston Howard joined our team, he never stayed in our hotel. In spring training, he stayed with a doctor in town.”
Robinson was the talk of this town Monday, and every city that draws its breath through baseball. But Robinson’s impact stretched beyond the chalked lines, something Coleman stressed.
“I’ve said that 100 times,” Coleman said. “Robinson was the guy who led the path at a national level. He was years before Martin Luther King. Can you imagine what that felt like for Robinson?”
Bud Black, the Padres’ manager, appreciated the honor which accompanied facing the Dodgers.
Suddenly the talk of revenge regarding last week’s brawl in San Diego between these teams seemed small. It appeared frivolous to speak of Carlos Quentin breaking Zach Greinke’s collar bone when compared to Robinson smashing the color barrier.
“It’s a special day for baseball and I think for our society,” Black said. “To be playing against the organization he played for is special for all of us.”
Remember when last spotting the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp? He was jawing with Quentin outside the Petco Park clubhouses, promising to get even.
That bravado was absent Monday, and the No. 42 uniform hanging in his locker – and everyone’s locker – revealed why.
“I probably could have handled that differently,” Kemp said. “But I don’t want that to be the topic of the day. What Jackie did…”
He did it all, despite being the target of taunts and worse, with Rachel, his wife, at his side. That this charming, 90-year-old woman was in L.A. made Monday night ever warmer.
“I’m happy to be here,” she said. “It’s nice to be back.”
The pleasure is all ours.
Dave Barr (@davebarr)
In 2013, over 10,000 of you read our tribute to the Negro Leagues and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
In 2014 we look forward to our continued mission of shedding light on the great players, characters and teams of the Negro Leagues as well as the never ending efforts of Bob Kendrick and the staff of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
To you and your family – peace, prosperity and health – Happy New Year.
By the way, 42 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!
Ask the average baseball fan who the greatest power-hitter was in Negro Leagues history and they’ll most likely tell you Josh Gibson.
Let me tell you about a player who was every bit as proficient at hitting the long ball as Gibson and may have even been better.
George “Mule” Suttles was born at the turn of the century in Alabama. His career spanned both World War I and the Second World War. From 1923 to 1944, Suttles played primarily for the Birmingham Black Barons, Chicago American Giants, St. Louis Stars and Newark Eagles accumulating what would be Hall of Fame season after season culminating with his induction into Cooperstown in 2006.
Suttles was a hulk of a man who used a 50-ounce bat to slug legendary 500-foot home runs into the ocean in Havana, Cuba or over top of the trolley car garage in left field of Stars Park in St. Louis. It was because of his strength that he got his nickname “Mule”, and late in games when a big hit was needed his teammates would encourage him with cries of, “Kick, Mule!”
The prolific first baseman and outfielder gets left out of many conversations when fans and some historians talk Negro League power hitters. Yes, I know that when the Negro Leagues story came into vogue thanks to Major League Baseball and of course the on-going tireless work of Bob Kendrick and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – Gibson, Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and our beloved Buck O’Neil were the focus. But when you look at the numbers – there is no doubt that the Mule carried teams offensively like no other.
Suttles is the all-time leader in Negro Leagues history in five offensive categories including home runs (129), doubles (157), runs driven in (417), slugging percentage (.578) and total bases. In fact, in two different seasons with the offensive minded St. Louis Stars, Suttles slugged double-digits in doubles, triples and home runs (1926 and 1928).
It wasn’t all about the long ball for Suttles who unfortunately lost his battle with cancer in 1966. He was a lifetime .326 hitter who hit .340 or better in six seasons of his great career.
It wasn’t just Negro League pitching that Suttles beat up either. In 26 documented exhibition games against white competition, Suttles hit .374 with five home runs.
The summer of 1928 was arguably, Suttles best season and what a year it was. The St. Louis Stars were at the beginning of a three year run in which there were few teams – black or white who could match their output at the plate. Led by Suttles (.361 BA, 19 doubles, 11 triples, 20 home runs and 35 RBI), Willie Wells (.365 BA, 28 doubles, 28 home runs, 40 RBI) and Wilson Redus (.330 BA, 20 doubles, 20 homeruns and 28 RBI) the Stars instilled fear in pitchers and outfield walls going a league best 66-26 and bringing home the pennant.
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As a kid who grew up in the 70′s and who loved baseball, I had many different influences.
From the Big Red Machine to watching the Bad News Bears – baseball was my life. The best thing about watching the Bears – whether in California, Houston playing in the Astrodome or in Japan, there wasn’t one member of that rag tag team with Chico Bail Bonds on their backs that each of us couldn’t identify with (I was Ogilvie).
A Bear that everyone remembers whether he was sitting in a tree in his underwear or calling his shot against the Yankees was Ahmad Abdul-Rahim. He wanted to wear 44 and play right field like Hank Aaron. He was a militant – as militant as he could be at that age anyway and he was the only African-American in the original Bears movie.
Today, Erin Blunt counts himself lucky. He has spent his entire life doing what he loves – entertaining people.
I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Erin to talk Bears, baseball and what he’s up to today.
DB: As a kid, how big of a baseball fan were you?
EB: I wasn’t. I hated baseball.
DB: Wait, you hated baseball and yet you were a Bear?
EB: I’m going to tell you a story that no one else outside of that original crew knows. I was a scrawny 11-year old kid. I got in trouble at home some, you know just being a kid. I hung out with my friends and played football.My Mom kept me in line. One day I’m outside of school getting ready to go home and here she comes flying in in the car. Man I thought I was in trouble. I got in and she told me that I had an audition…but it was for a baseball movie. I told here Mom, I hate baseball! After asking me if I wanted to go, I finally agreed. We showed up at the field and there were what seemed like a thousand kids there in uniforms with gloves and everything. Here I was – hat on backwards, t-shirt and jeans. I wanted to go home. I talked to the producers and there was something that they liked about me. I think it was the fact that I was black kid with a little attitude. So they called me back the second day and there were a ton of kids in uniforms again. I had no idea that they were looking for a kid like me. None of that mattered though. I was the first Bear chosen to be in the movie.
DB: So you hated baseball – how about the other kids in the movie? Were they good baseball players?
EB: None of us could play. They hired a coach and that’s all we did every day was learn how to play baseball. For the first month that’s all we did – play and do drills. During that time they were filming us and some of the footage that you see in the movie is actually us learning how to play. After two months we got pretty good. I grew to love the game and love it to this day.
DB: What was it like being the only African-American kid on the set?
EB: I was very lucky growing up in that I was raised around a lot of different races. As long as you were cool with me – I was cool with you and that’s how it was with everyone. To this day we talk, text, Facebook – we became life-long friends. I tell you a funny story. I don’t think growing up that Tatum O’Neal had a lot of black friends. It was just funny because she would sit next to me and just look at me. She didn’t know what to expect – it was funny.
DB: So when you fell in love with the game – who were your favorite players?
EB: I loved JR Richard. It was amazing to see a guy that tall, that intimidating pitching for the Astros. I had the privilege of meeting him years after filming the Bears. He was a freak of nature and there weren’t that many black pitchers in the 70′s. Of course Hank Aaron was a hero of mine. I got to meet him. I was overwhelmed what he and his family went through as he chased Babe Ruth’s home run record. I also love Bo Jackson – maybe because of what he does for people off the field more than the short but amazing career he had.
DB: Did you have any idea how big of an impact the Bad News Bears had on people like me – people everywhere?
EB: I’ve really just started understanding that 4-5 years ago. I meet a lot of different people and I never would have thought we had such big parts in people’s lives – especially black kids and my character. They would tell me that they played baseball because of me We had Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson and in basketball – Kareem (Abdul Jabbar). But when you watch a movie in the 70’s there’s this black kid going to Houston and playing in Astrodome – going to Japan – if this kid can do it then I can to. That’s what they would tell me and still do if we meet for the first time. It’s still hard to wrap my arms around.
DB: So many of your teammates didn’t do much in the entertainment industry after Bears. You and Jackie Earle Haley (Kelly Leak) easily have done the most.
EB: I’m really proud of Jackie. Academy Award nomination and all. He’s so talented. The thing about filming the Bears movies was that it wasn’t like a job at all. It was fun. I miss hanging out like we did then. I’ll tell you – those guys mean so much to me and meant so much to me then. I had the chance to be in a national commercial and made it to the final audition – the part would have been mine. But that final call came on the same day that I was supposed to do a voice over for the Bears. There was no way I was going to miss being with those guys so I acted like I couldn’t act and didn’t get the commercial.
DB: So many kids struggle as child actors. Your career lasted for 11-years and you were in great projects like Car Wash, Happy Days and more.
EB: Man – my Mom kept me grounded. Every Christmas Eve she took me to the Children’s Hospital to sign autographs. She’s the reason that I’ve become the man that I am. It’s not about the how much money you have – it’s about the smiles that you give. That’s what she taught me and that’s how I live life.
DB: So what are you up to these days?
EB: I still do some acting. I’ve had roles in the Sons of Anarchy and The Office. Mostly little stuff. Music keeps me the busiest right now. Even when I was a kid I loved music. I was always buying records. Now I DJ at different events. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve been very blessed to do what I love and that’s entertain people.
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