Cardinals lifers of a certain age no doubt remember Bill White, the smooth-fielding first baseman on the '64 World Champion team. White went on to become the voice of the Yankees' broadcasts for eighteen years and then ascended to the position of president of the National League. That's an admirable legacy for any player, but White also carries a legacy of being outspoken — and for a black ballplayer in the '60s, that got you branded as "uppity." Uppity was often followed by another, more scabrous term. But just like many a proud black man, White co-opted that term into a badge of honor; he was going to be his own man no matter what they called him. White's new autobiography, Uppity: My Untold Story About the Games People Play, shares details of his relationships with fellow players Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson, fellow broadcaster Phil Rizutto and fellow executives George Steinbrenner and Fay Vincent. White sits down with Charlie Brennan at 9 a.m. at Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood (620 Market Street) to discuss just how far being uppity can take you. Admission is free, but space is limited, so call 314-444-1827 to reserve a seat. Copies of the book will be sold onsite by Left Bank Books.
Wed., April 6, 2011