"I love September, especially when we're in it." Source: Heavy Hitters (Bill Gutman)
"I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself." Source: The Sporting News (July 17, 1971)
"It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know." Source: Late Innings (Roger Angell)
"People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can't think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can."
"Pittsburgh isn't fancy, but it is real. It's a working town and money doesn't come easy. I feel as much a part of this city as the cobblestone streets and the steel mills, people in this town expect an honest day's work, and I've it to them for a long, long time."
"They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square." Source: New York Times (April 2, 1978)
"Trying to hit him (Sandy Koufax) was like trying to drink coffee with a fork."
"You only have a few years to play this game and you can't play it if you're all tied up in knots."