Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
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.
A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don't make any difference if it's baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It's business, I tell you. There ain't no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff.
You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth -- that means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.
I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter.
I don't give a damn about any actors. What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game. Either I get the money (more than Barrymore), or I don't play!
I'm going over the valley. (Dying from throat cancer, his doctor found him wandering around his room, asked him where was he going?).
After all, there's only one aswer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: Pick out a good one and sock it!
The most important thing that a young athlete must do it pick the right sport. Not one that they like just a little bit, but one that they love. Because,if they don't really love their sport, they won't work as hard as they should. Me? I loved to hit.
What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me -- all this I owe to the game of baseball.
Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks.
If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.
If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery. I have the same violent temper my father and older brother had. Both died of injuries from street fights in Baltimore, fights begun by flare-ups of their tempers.
I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco.
I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.
All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don't know except it looked good.
Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading.