People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
A great hitter isn't born, he's made. He's made out of practice, fault correction, and confidence.
Players who stand flat footed and swing with their arms are golfers, not hitters.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.
When I was in the batter's box, I felt sorry for the pitcher.
I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher.
To be a good hitter you've got to do one thing - get a good ball to hit.
I've always played hard. If that's rough and tough, I can't help it. I don't believe there's any such thing as a good loser. I wouldn't sit down and play a game of cards with you right now withing wanting to win. If I hadn't felt that way I wouldn't have got very far in baseball.
The big trouble is not really who isn't in the Hall of Fame, but who is. It was established for a select few.
I've cheated, or someone on my team has cheated, in almost every single game I've been in.
The home run became glorified with Babe Ruth. Starting with him, batters have been thinking in terms of how far they could hit the ball, not how often.
Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a communist.
I'd rather him (Grover Alexander) pitch a crucial game for me drunk, then anyone I've ever known sober. He was that good.
The first rule of baseball is to get a good ball to hit.
I always tried to hit the ball back through the box because that is the largest unprotected area.
Now the advantage is all with the hitters.
I never saw a pitcher I didn't feel sorry for.
I've never been a yes man.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Baseball is my life, the only thing I know and can talk about. My only interest.
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