"All ballplayers want to wind up their careers with the Cubs, Giants or Yankees. They just can't help it." Source: My Greatest Day (John P. Carmichael)
"Anybody who's ever had the privilege of seeing me play knows that I am the greatest pitcher in the world."
"He (Branch Rickey) must think I went to the Massachesetts Constitution of Technology." Source: The Sporting News (March 26, 1936)
"He (Bill Terry) once hit a ball between my legs so hard that my center-fielder caught it on the fly backing up against the wall."
"He slud into third."
"Heck, if anybody told me I was setting a record (strikeouts in a game on July 30, 1933) I'd of got me some more strikeouts." Source: It Takes Heart (Mel Allen & Frank Graham, Jr., 1934)
"I ain't what I used to be, but who the hell is?"
"I can't tell you why there's a delay, but stick your head out of the window and you'll know why."
"If Satch (Paige)
and I were pitching on the same team, we would clinch the pennant by July fourth and go fishing until World Series time."
"I know who's the best pitcher I ever see and it's old Satchel Paige, that big lanky colored boy. My fastball looks like a change of pace alongside that little pistol bullet ole Satchel (Paige)
shoots up to the plate." Source: Sport (1969)
"I never keep a scorecard or the batting averages. I hate statistics. What I got to know, I keep in my head."
"It ain't braggin' if you can back it up."
"It puzzles me how they know what corners are good for filling stations. Just how did they know gas and oil was under there?"
"I won twenty-eight games in thirty-five and I couldn't believe my eyes when the Cards sent me a contract with a cut in salary. Mr. Rickey
said I deserved a cut because I didn't win thirty games."
"Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn't, and they ain't eating."
"Me and Paul (Dean)
will probably win forty games (they won forty-nine)."
"Mr. Rickey, I'll put more people in the park than anybody since Babe Ruth."
"Son, what kind of pitch would you like to miss."
"The Cards had one pitcher who won fourteen straight games in a period of twenty-four days. Then when he lost his fifteenth game 1-0, his manager fined him fifty bucks." Source: The Laugh's on Me (Bennett Cerf, 1973)
"The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing"
"The dumber a pitcher is, the better. When he gets smart and begins to experiment with a lot of different pitches, he's in trouble. All I ever had was a fastball, a curve and a changeup and I did pretty good." Source: Baseball Digest (August 1961)
"The good Lord was good to me. He gave me a strong body, a good right arm, and a weak mind." Source: Grand Slams & Fumbles (Peter Beilenson)
"Well what's wrong with ain't? And as for saying (Phil) Rizzuto
slud into second' it just ain't natural. Sounds silly to me. Slud is something more than slid. It means sliding with great effort."