During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.— Mickey Mantle
The most sensual Mickey Mantle quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run.
I said, 'Sure, every time.'
I leaned on him for support when I got out of the cab, and he just crumpled to the ground. That's how we found out.
After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down.
I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.
I thought I raised a ballplayer. You're nothing but a coward and a quitter.
You never have to wait long, or look far, to be reminded of how thin the line is between being a hero or a goat.
Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
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.
Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Listen to your moms and dads. In this great country of ours you do whatever you set your mind to. Make us proud of you.
All the ballparks and the big crowds have a certain mystique.
You feel attached, permanently wedded to the sounds that ring out, to the fans chanting your name, even when there are only four or five thousand in the stands on a Wednesday afternoon.
My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
If I hadn't met those two guys (Billy Martin and Whitey Ford) at the start of my career, I would have lasted another five years.
Don't do as I did. I'm living proof of how not to live.
You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'
Thank God for baseball.
The strain on Roger (Maris) was unbelievable.
After I dropped out the reporters only had one guy to go to. They surrounded him everywhere he went. He had big clumps of hair falling out. That he went ahead and did it was unbelievable.
To get a better piece of chicken, you'd have to be a rooster.
Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
You don't have to talk to me about pensions. I won't be around long enough to collect one.
It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
Watch the old man. Watch how the old man keeps the guys who aren't playing happy.
Every time I see his name (Dean Chance) on a lineup card, I feel like throwing up.
As far as I'm concerned, Aaron is the best ball player of my era.
He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due.
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.
When I first came to Yankee Stadium I used to feel like the ghosts of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were walking around in there.
I had it all and blew it.
Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them.
That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century.
If you want to know who was better, me or Willie Mays, you have to look at our career stats. And Willie's bottom line was better.
I don't care who you are, you hear those boos.
The thing I really liked about Mickey was the way he treated everyone the same.
If I were playing today I'd do what Joe DiMaggio said.
I'd go knock on the door at Yankee Stadium and when George Steinbrenner answered I'd say, 'Howdy, pardner.'
To play 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.
All I have is natural ability.
I don't care what the situation was, how high the stakes were - the bases could be loaded and the pennant riding on every pitch, it never bothered Whitey. He pitched his game. Cool. Craft. Nerves of steel.
They should have come out of the dugout on tippy-toes, holding hands and singing.
There were things that would irritate Casey, but trying too hard or getting mad at sitting on the bench weren't among them.
He can run, steal bases, throw, hit for average, and hit with power like I've never seen. Just don't put him at shortstop.
When I hit a home run I usually didn't care where it went.
So long as it was a home run was all that mattered.
The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It's the only thing I know.
If the World Series was on the line and I could pick one pitcher to pitch the game, I'd choose Whitey Ford every time.
I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
His fielding leaves you wondering. Then he steps up to hit and all doubts start to fade.
I don't know why Roger (Maris) isn't in the hall of fame. To me, he was as good as there ever was.
If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
I could never be a manager. All I have is natural ability.
Before you go, would you sign that case of balls for me?
I can't play any more. I can't hit the ball when I need to. I can't steal second when I need to. I can't go from first to third when I need to. I can't score from second when I need to. I have to quit.