Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.I always loved the game, but when my legs weren't hurting it was a lot easier to love.
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.
Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms.
Baseball is a game of inches.
Only in baseball can a team player be a pure individualist first and a team player second, within the rules and spirit of the game.
A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.
I don't care if I was a ditch-digger at a dollar a day, I'd want to do my job better than the fellow next to me. I'd want to be the best at whatever I do.
I am alarmed at the subtle invasion of professional football, which is gaining preeminence over baseball. It's unthinkable.
Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
Luck is the residue of design.
Man may penetrate the outer reaches of the universe, he may solve the very secret of eternity itself, but for me, the ultimate human experience is to witness the flawless execution of a hit-and-run.
A full mind is an empty bat.
Problems are the price you pay for progress.
I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.
Never surrender opportunity for security.
It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.
How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.
The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.
The man with the ball is responsible for what happens to the ball.
All I had was natural ability.
I find fault with my children because I like them and I want them to go places - uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect and anything that affects the probabilities of failure on the part of those that are closest to me, that concerns me - I find fault.