"Baserunning is an art and a skill. If I'm on second, one ball on the batter, I'm going to try and get a big lead to distract the pitcher. My job is to help get ball two. Now the pitcher's got to throw a strike. Batter knows that. I know that. He's in a position to get good wood on the ball. He gets a single, I score. That's good baserunning."
"If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it."
"I'll play first, third, left. I'll play anywhere — except Philadelphia." Source: The Sporting News (April 11, 1970)
"I never worry about it (knuckleball pitch). I just take my three swings and go sit on the bench. I'm afraid if I even think about hitting it, I'll mess up my swing for life."
"I once loved this game. But after being traded four times, I realized that it's nothing but a business. I treat my horses better than the owners treat us. It's a shame they've destroyed my love for the game."
"I wish they'd shut the gates, and let us play ball with no press and no fans."
"St. Louis is baseball all american style. Not like Philly, not like New York, not like anywhere else. In St. Louis the fans care about the game. Here they talk strategy, the hit-and-run, the squeeze play, the defensive alignment; the fans didn't care about off-field controversies."
"You gotta be careful with your body. Your body is like a bar of soap. The more you use it, the more it wears down."