Quotes

  • “Any ballplayer that don’t sign autographs for little kids ain’t an American. He’s a communist.”
  • “(Ty) Cobb is all wet. He talks about a game which had no night play, a game in which the pitcher had everything his own way. He could apply saliva, tobacco juice, mud, talcum powder, or a file to the ball. He could load it with phonograph needles, raise the seams and do anything else he wished with it. And a ball remained in play until it was ready to break apart. Now the advantage is all with the hitters.” 
  • “I always tried to hit the ball back through the box because that is the largest unprotected area.” 
  • “I don’t like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the pitcher.” 
  • “I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.” 
  • “It don’t make no difference where I go or what happens, so long as I can play the full nine.” 
  • “I’ve never been a yes man.” 
  • “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.” 
  • “Players who stand flat footed and swing with their arms are golfers, not hitters.” 
  • “To be a good hitter you’ve got to do one thing – Get a good ball to hit.”