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.
Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
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.
I thought I raised a ballplayer. You're nothing but a coward and a quitter.
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 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.
Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
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.
Last Update: 25 October 2021
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