Troy was once a baseball player in the Negro League, but he never got into the Majors because of his age. Now, in 1950s Pittsburgh, he works as a garbage man and has been trying to convince his boss to let him drive a truck, even though no black men are allowed to do so. Troy is also having problems with his two sons: Although Lyons doesn’t live at home, he continues to ask Troy for money. But Cory is the son who is causing the most trouble for his father, because he is determined to be a football player and has giving up his studies at school and his job in favor of the game. Troy reacts by kicking Cory out of the house and a wedge is driven between father and son that will last for the rest of Troy’s life.