You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
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.
It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.
I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it.
I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
I ain't ever had a job, I just always played baseball.
The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It's the only thing I know.
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.
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.
If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.
Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.
When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.