Negro League recognized by Lookouts

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)-Russell ‘Crazy Legs’ Patterson is one of the players being recognized by the Chattanooga Lookouts for his time in the Negro League.

In my opinion I’m not through yet. I love this. I appreciate what they’re doing whether we get paid or not I don’t care. I got a 2000 Ford Ranger. I’ll go anywhere,” said Patterson.

“ it’s very touching for us to see and it’s a thing to show the kids and for them to learn the story,” said

He played for several teams including the Indianapolis clowns where he put on a show.

If you can play they will let you play and pay. So that’s what I did I got it from dancing a lot I don’t care what I did… A lot of times if I make great play I start dancing.

Crazy Legs says he was good enough to play in the majors but he was never given the chance due to the color of his skin.

He says the racism went beyond him having to play in a different league. It also happened while he was playing the game.

Crazy Legs says to play baseball it was worth it.

He adds although he appreciates what the lookouts are doing in recognizing what he and the other players experienced in the Negro league, more needs to be done.

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