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 7 years without ever hitting the ball.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
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.
Sport is singularly able to give us peak experience where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.
What's tough is being good every day.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
NO MAN CAN AVOID BEING BORN AVERAGE, BUT NO MAN HAS TO STAY AVERAGE.
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
You're never a loser until you quit trying.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
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