My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. .
The thing I like about baseball is that it's one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it's your mistake. If you hit a home run, it's your home run. .
Failure is a part of success. .
I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat. .
It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. .
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. .
I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it. .
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. .
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. .
You can only milk a cow so long, then you're left holding the pail. .
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. .
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80% of being a successful hitter. The other 20% is just execution. .
The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them. .
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 don't see pitches down the middle anymore - not even in batting practice. .
I never thought we'd ever have a black president. President Obama has done such a tremendous job... He just has been unable to get what he needs to be moved at the level it should be moved. .
Didn't come up here to read. Came up here to hit. .
I am very proud to be an American. This country has so much potential, I'd just like to see things better, or whatever, and I think it will be. .
When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game. .
A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example. .
You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen. .
There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best. .
I'd like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee. .
I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way. .
A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues. .
You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to 'Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,' then your body says, 'Who me?' .
All pitchers are born pitchers. .
I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink. .
I feel like I have reached the stage where I can no longer produce for my club, my manager, and my teammates. .
Now I've had everything except for the thrill of watching Babe Ruth play. .
If anyone wants to know why three kids in one family made it to the big leagues they just had to know how we helped each other and how much we practiced back then. We did it every minute we could. .
The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat. .
We need a hit, so here I go. .
Too many kids today are playing major league ball and don't belong there. .
I think there are some players born to play ball. .
I'm a ballplayer, not an actor. .
You just cant beat the person who wont give up. .
When baseball is no longer fun, its no longer a game. .
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. .
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they dont play together, the club wont be worth a dime. .
People striving for approval from others become phony. .
Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. .
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. .
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when hes losing; nobody wants you to quit when youre ahead.
Yesterdays home runs dont win todays games.
It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.