"The White Shadow" Bonus Baby (TV Episode 1978) Poster

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Ken Reeves: Jackie Solomon, Warren Coolidge.

Jackie Solomon: Understand you're thinking about turning pro under the guidance of Mr. Walter Preston. You must've got the ol' Preston 1-2 Punch, huh?

Warren Coolidge: What, did he handle you, too?

Jackie Solomon: Yeah, he handled me... like a hot potato.

Warren Coolidge: What do you mean?

Jackie Solomon: Preston had me convinced I was a young Al Attles. Not that I needed a lot of convincing, mind you, I was good and I knew it. I was All-Scholastic in high school and I was gonna be a pro one way or the other. It's just that Preston's way looked like the easy way. In fact, it looked so good, I couldn't think straight. You see, he was workin' with this chick, see, and we had what you might call a "whirlwind romance." She took me off on a weekend to Vegas and by the time I came up for air, I was ready to sign anything. Well. I signed all right, but it was the chick who turned out to be the bonus baby! Seems she got five percent of everything she got her hands on, and let me tell you, sonny, those hands get around!

Jackie Solomon: [as Coolidge, in disbelief, turns to leave] Where you goin', sonny? I ain't finished my story!

Warren Coolidge: I don't want to hear anymore!

Jackie Solomon: Well, in that case, I'll make the rest short and simple! The pros wanted me to have a season in the Eastern League for the experience, the experience I didn't get in college. I might as well have been playin' for the Steelers! Those guys play strictly bump and run! My knee got wrecked in the third game, I got 6,000 bucks! And, that was all she wrote for the young Al Attles!

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