During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'
I leaned on him for support when I got out of the cab, and he just crumpled to the ground. That's how we found out.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.
If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete (Rose), I'd wear a dress.
I thought I raised a ballplayer. You're nothing but a coward and a quitter.
I've often wondered how a man who knew he was going to die could stand here and say he was the luckiest man on the face of the earth, but now I guess I know how he felt.
You never have to wait long, or look far, to be reminded of how thin the line is between being a hero or a goat.
I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'
Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
I guess you could say I'm what this country is all about.
Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Listen to your moms and dads. In this great country of ours you do whatever you set your mind to. Make us proud of you.
If I hadn't met those two guys (Billy Martin and Whitey Ford) at the start of my career, I would have lasted another five years.
Bravery is a complicated thing to describe. You can't say it's three feet long and two feet wide and that it weighs four hundred pounds or that it's colored bright blue or that it sounds like a piano or that it smells like roses. It's a quality, not a thing.
Don't do as I did. I'm living proof of how not to live.
No man in the history of baseball had as much power as . No man.
When I'm hitting, I'd play for nothing. When I'm not, any kind of money I receive makes me feel as if I'm stealing.
All the ballparks and the big crowds have a certain mystique. You feel attached, permanently wedded to the sounds that ring out, to the fans chanting your name, even when there are only four or five thousand in the stands on a Wednesday afternoon.
He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.
Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century.
He can run, steal bases, throw, hit for average, and hit with power like I've never seen. Just don't put him at shortstop.
My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
Thank God for baseball.
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