I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
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.
Where would I be without baseball? Who am I without baseball?
I led the league in go get 'em next time.
People don't know this, but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it!
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.
Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products.
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.
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.
I used to soak my mitts in a bucket of water for about two days. Then I'd put a couple of baseballs in the pocket and wrap it up with a rubber band. Today you don't have to do that, because catchers' mitts are more like first baseman's gloves.
I was acting when I was playing baseball.
When I played baseball I got death threats all the time--from my mother.
Any teammate of mine that had a kid and a boy that was capable of playing baseball, I think I set a terrific example of 'Don't do this' and 'Don't do that.' And that's one of the things that I'm most proud of.
After getting out of the service and going into baseball I never wanted to do anything else.
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