I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn’t matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act. Over the years, a lot of organizations have asked me to be their spokesman, or have wanted me to make speeches about my experiences as a black athlete, or to talk to Congressmen about racial issues in sports. But see, I never recall trouble. I believe I had a happy childhood. Besides playing school sports, we’d play football against the white kids. And we thought nothing of it, neither the blacks nor the whites. It was the grownups who got upset … I never got into a fight that was caused by racism.
A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.
I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious.
Now there’s three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain.
It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough is being good every day.
I’ve found that you don’t need to wear a necktie if you can hit.
To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.