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.
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.
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.
In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs.
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.
When I played baseball I got death threats all the time--from my mother.
I hope the fans have enjoyed listening as much as I've enjoyed doing the games. I don't ever go to the park where I don't have a good day. I don't like losing. But I don't think I ever go to the park where I have a bad day. I don't think once.
Where would I be without baseball? Who am I without baseball?
On TV the people can see it. On radio you've got to create it.
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.
The highlight of my baseball career came in Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium when I saw a fan fall out of the upper deck. When he got up and walked away, the crowd booed.
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.
They have Easter egg hunts in Philadelphia, and if the kids don't find the eggs, they get booed.
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.
I make fun of situations and try and find the humor in things, but it's never at the expense of the other guy.
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.
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 led the league in go get 'em next time.
You know, I was once named Minor League Player of the Year...unfortunately, I had been in the majors for two years at the time.
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.
After getting out of the service and going into baseball I never wanted to do anything else.
Before broadcasting for 50-some years, I did TV, played 10 years in the big leagues, won a world championship - and played a big part in that, too, letting the Cardinals inject me with hepatitis. Takes a big man to do that.
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