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.
On TV the people can see it. On radio you've got to create it.
Between me and my roommate, we've hit 400 Major League home runs.
When I played baseball I got death threats all the time--from my mother.
They broke it to me gently. The manager came up to me before a game and told me they didn't allow visitors in the clubhouse.
They have Easter egg hunts in Philadelphia, and if the kids don't find the eggs, they get booed.
I led the league in go get 'em next time.
Where would I be without baseball? Who am I without baseball?
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.
I make fun of situations and try and find the humor in things, but it's never at the expense of the other guy.
In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs.
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.
The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.
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.
When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me.
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.
People have asked me a lot of times, because I didn't hit a lot, how long a dozen bats would last me. Depending on the weight and model I was using at that time - I would say eight to 10 cookouts.
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.
Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat.
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