I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
I remember one time I'm batting against the Dodgers in Milwaukee. They lead, 2 - 1, it's the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, two out and the pitcher has a full count on me. I look over to the Dodger dugout and they're all in street clothes.
If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter.
Between me and my roommate, we've hit 400 Major League home runs.
I led the league in go get 'em next time.
Where would I be without baseball? Who am I without baseball?
They have Easter egg hunts in Philadelphia, and if the kids don't find the eggs, they get booed.
In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs.
The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.
On TV the people can see it. On radio you've got to create it.
Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.
When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth, I looked in the other team's dugout and they were already in street clothes.
Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist.
I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.
When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me.
When I played baseball I got death threats all the time--from my mother.
Not bragging by any means, but I could have done a lot of other stuff as far as working in films go and working in television... I had chances to do that stuff, but I like baseball, I really do.
I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90% of them don't even get printed.
People don't know this, but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it!
I had a great shoe contract and glove contract with a company who paid me a lot of money never to be seen using their stuff.
After getting out of the service and going into baseball I never wanted to do anything else.
I think my top salary was maybe in 1966. I made $17,000 and 11 of that came from selling other players' equipment.
Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?
You throw batting practice, you warm up pitchers, you sit and cheer. You do whatever you have to do to stay on the team.
We were on for six years. We were in syndication for a while. It had its run. I still see the people from 'Mr. Belvedere,' too. We stay in touch.
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