"Babe Ruth never had to contend with anything like that when he was establishing his record." Source: Baseball As I Have Known It (Fred Lieb)
"Can I smoke now without someone taking my picture?"
"Does Pete (Rose) hustle? Before the All-Star game he came into the clubhouse and took off his shoes and they ran another mile without him."
"Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution." Source: 714 and Beyond (Jerry Brondfield)
"I can't recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth." Source: Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (Robert W. Creamer)
"I don't see pitches down the middle anymore - not even in batting practice."
"I don't want them to forget (Babe) Ruth, I just want them to remember me!"
"I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them."
"I'm hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I'd be pulling for him."
"In baseball, there is something electrifying about the big leagues. I had read so much about (Stan) Musial, (Ted) Williams
and (Jackie) Robinson. I had put those guys on a pedestal. They were something special. I really thought they put their pants on different, rather than one leg at a time."
"I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face." Source: Milwaukee Journal (July 31, 1956)
"Last year, I was sort of a kid and I was a little scared, I ain't scared any more." Source: The Sporting News (May 4, 1955)
"On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants. But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again." Source: Hammerin' Hank (Dan Schlossberg)
"Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one, I still have all my hair, but when it's over, I'm going home to Mobile and fish for a long time."
"The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting."
"Yogi (Berra), I came up here to hit, not to read." 1958 World Series answer to Berra after being told to turn his bat around so he could 'read' the label and not break the bat.
"You can only milk a cow so long, then you're left holding the pail." 1976 Retirement
"You got to play a hundred and fifty games a year, so pick your spots. You can miss two games a month; so pick the days you're gonna be hurt, or you're gonna rest or you're gonna have a drink or two. The rest of the time, be on that field."