Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'
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.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
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.
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.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
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.
You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
All I have is natural ability.
Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
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?'
We know you can bunt, Mick. You're not down here to bunt. You're here to get some hits and get your swing back.
My views are just about the same as Casey's.
This year I'd rather lead the league in home runs, runs batted in and hitting.
Well, I beat my man. Now it's up to you to beat yours.
What did you say, Joe?
Billy (Martin) was a great one for jokes. He liked to play a joke more than anyone I ever knew.
I think the best all-round baseball player ever was Joe DiMaggio.
When I first came to Yankee Stadium I used to feel like the ghosts of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were walking around in there.
I thought I raised a ballplayer. You're nothing but a coward and a quitter.
After a play in the field Casey would turn (to the players on the bench) and say 'What did he do wrong?' or 'You're better than that guy.' Either way, he'd keep them from getting stale.
Hey man! Get away from me!
The strain on Roger (Maris) was unbelievable. After I dropped out the reporters only had one guy to go to. They surrounded him everywhere he went. He had big clumps of hair falling out. That he went ahead and did it was unbelievable.
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