'Baseball is, I think, the greatest game in the world'.
'I keep my eyes clear, and I hit 'em where they ain't'.
'Nice guys finish last'.
'Let's play two'.
'When you play this game for 20 years, go to bat ten-thousand times, and get three-thousand hits, you know what that means? You've gone zero for seven-thousand'.
'I'm the straw that stirs the drink'.
'It breaks your heart. It's designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone'.
On hitting against Sandy Koufax, 'Trying to hit him is like trying to drink coffee with a fork'.
'There's a deep fly ball...Winfield goes back...back...his head hits the wall...and it rolls off...and it's rolling all the way back to second base. This is a terrible thing for the Padres'!
'I've seen the future and it's much like the present, only longer'.
'There comes a time in every man's life, and I've had plenty of 'em'.
'Well, how about that'!
'Hitting is timing, pitching is upsetting timing'.
'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives'
'I see great things in baseball. It's our game- the American game. It will take people out of doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism, tend to relieve us
'If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself'.
'People ask me how I'd like to be remembered. I tell them I'd like to be remembered as the guy who hit the line drive, over Bobby Richardson's head.'
'Ya gotta believe'!
'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'.
'Anybody with ability can play in the major leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat'.
'I've never known a day when I didn't learn something new about this game'.
When asked about the Cubs inability to win a World Series since 1908 or a Pennant since 1945, 'Any team can have a bad century'.