"A curve ball is not something you can pick up overnight. It took my years to perfect mine." Source: From Ghetto to Glory (Bob Gibson)
"A great catch (this one was by Curt Flood) is like watching girls go by; the last one you see is always the prettiest." Source: Sports Illustrated (June 1, 1964)
"Have you ever thrown a ball 100 miles an hour? Everything hurts. Even your ass hurts. I see pictures of my face and say, 'Holy shit', but that's the strain you feel when you throw. I had one of those faces you look at it, man, and say, 'Man he's an ass-hole.' Could be, depends on if you pissed me off or not."
"I guess I was never much in awe of anybody. I think you have to have that attitude if you're going to go far in this game." Source: Late Innings (Roger Angell)
"I heard he (John Milner) could hit." (Reply to Hank Aaron when asked why he hit Milner)
"In a world filled with hate, prejudice, and protest, I find that I too am filled with hate, prejudice, and protest."
"It is not something I earned or acquired or bought (the ability to pitch). It is a gift. It is something that was given to me - just like the color of my skin." Source: From Ghetto to Glory (Bob Gibson)
"I owe the public just one thing - a good performance."
"I've played a couple of hundred games of tic-tac-toe with my little daughter and she hasn't beaten me yet. I've always had to win. I've got to win." Source: The Summer Game (Roger Angell)
"My pitching philosophy is simple. I believe in getting the ball over the plate and not walking a lot of men." Source: From Ghetto to Glory (Bob Gibson)
"Rules or no rules, pitchers are going to throw spitters. It's a matter of survival." Source: From Ghetto to Glory (Bob Gibson)
"The two most important things in life: good friends and a strong bullpen."
"You've got to have an attitude if your going to go far in this game."
"When I gave up a grand slam to Pete LaCock, I knew it was time to quit."
"When I knocked a guy down, there was no second part to the story."
"Why do I have to be an example for your kid? You be an example for your own kid."