When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
A ball bat is a wondrous weapon.
Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
I never could stand losing. Second place didn't interest me. I had a fire in my belly.
The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that's it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.
I may have been fierce, but never low or underhand.
The most important part of a player's body is above his shoulders.
The great American game should be an unrelenting war of nerves.
When two doctors pass each other on the street they wink at each other.
I had to fight all my life to survive. They were all against me... but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch.
I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor.
The best recommendation for an umpire in the old days was: "He licked somebody in the Three-I League. He ought to do.
No man has ever been a perfect ballplayer. Stan Musial, however, is the closest to being perfect in the game today.
When I began playing the game, baseball was about as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch.
The base paths belonged to me, the runner. The rules gave me the right. I always went into a bag full speed, feet first. I had sharp spikes on my shoes. If the baseman stood where he had no business to be and got hurt, that was his fault.
Baseball was one-hundred percent of my life.
I'm coming down on the next pitch, Krauthead.
The crowd makes the ballgame.
I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
Walter Johnson's fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed.
I've got to be first. ALL the time.
The first time I faced him I watched him take that easy windup and then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him... Every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park.
Don't come home a failure.
I've been called one of the hardest bargainers who ever held out, and I'm proud of it.
Just speed, raw speed, blinding speed, too much speed.
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