A body came flying out and landed at my feet. At first I thought it was Billy so I picked him up. But when I saw it wasn't I dropped him back down.
Bravery is a complicated thing to describe. You can't say it's three feet long and two feet wide and that it weighs four hundred pounds or that it's colored bright blue or that it sounds like a piano or that it smells like roses. It's a quality, not a thing.
His fielding leaves you wondering. Then he steps up to hit and all doubts start to fade.
I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'
There were things that would irritate Casey, but trying too hard or getting mad at sitting on the bench weren't among them.
You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
A lot of people wrote that Roger (Maris) and I didn't like each other and that we didn't get along. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Butcher boy, damn it, butcher boy.
Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
I think the best all-round baseball player ever was Joe DiMaggio.
It was the single greatest feat I ever saw.
Sometimes I sit in my den at home and read stories about myself. Kids used to save whole scrapbooks on me. They get tired of them and mail them to me. I'll go in there and read them, and you know what? They might as well be about (Stan) Musial and (Joe) DiMaggio, it's like reading about somebody else.
They should have come out of the dugout on tippy-toes, holding hands and singing.
You hit .350 you're a leader. You hit .250 and you're not.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
Casey didn't easily forgive a guy who got doubled up on a hit-and-run play. He didn't see any reason why the runner couldn't take a quick glance back toward the plate to make sure the ball was hit safely.
I always loved the game, but when my legs weren't hurting it was a lot easier to love.
I thought I raised a ballplayer. You're nothing but a coward and a quitter.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else's brain, who knows how good a player I might have been.
This year I'd rather lead the league in home runs, runs batted in and hitting.
You might as well go in and start getting dressed. I'm going to hit his first pitch for a home run.
After a play in the field Casey would turn (to the players on the bench) and say 'What did he do wrong?' or 'You're better than that guy.' Either way, he'd keep them from getting stale.