"Calvin (Griffith), the wife is away. How about me coming to the ball game?"
"I think I know how much you (Don Newcombe) wanted to win a World Series game. I for one was pulling for you, but I suggest that when you think over this past season you think of the twenty-seven games you won that were so important in bringing Brooklyn into the World Series."
"I was a center fielder. I went into baseball deliberately to make money and with no idea of making it a career. I wanted to go to college that fall and we didn't have much money. But I wasn't a very good center fielder and didn't do too well at it."
"Not making the baseball team at West Point was one of the greatest disappointments of my life, maybe my greatest."
"The more baseball the better. It is a healthful sport and develops team play and initiative, plus an independent attitiude."
"When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing and as we sat there in the warmth of the summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up. I told him that I wanted to be a real major league baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish."
"You cannot hit a home run by bunting. You have to step up there and take a cut at the ball. Never be more scared of the enemy than you think he is of you."