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.
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.
Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
If you want to know who was better, me or Willie Mays, you have to look at our career stats. And Willie's bottom line was better.
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.
I guess you could say I'm what this country is all about.
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.
Thank God for 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?'
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.
All I have is natural ability.
You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
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.
Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
It's what you're worth.
I've heard about you. I've heard about you, too.
Watch the old man. Watch how the old man keeps the guys who aren't playing happy.
In 1961 somebody could've hit a home run to win the game and the next day the headline was about the M&M boys not hitting a home run. But everyone was real good about it. Instead of getting mad they joked about it.
The hardest thing to do in sports, I think, is to hit a home run.
I wanted to throw my glass at the TV.
If I were playing today I'd do what Joe DiMaggio said. I'd go knock on the door at Yankee Stadium and when George Steinbrenner answered I'd say, 'Howdy, pardner.'
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