41+ Willie Mays Quotes On Baseball, Success And What's My Line

Top 10 Willie Mays Quotes (BEST)

  1. They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.
  2. It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
  3. I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
  4. In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated.
  5. Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
  6. Never assume the other guy will never do something you would never do.
  7. Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
  8. Youngsters of Little League can survive undercoaching a lot better than overcoaching.
  9. I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don't have a good life.
  10. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But, when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.

Willie Mays Short Quotes

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  • I don't mean to be bashful, but I was
  • Yes, I had to learn how to live life outside, but I had so many people help me.
  • I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.
  • What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all.
  • It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.

Willie Mays Quotes On Baseball

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What's tough is being good every day. — Willie Mays

Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. — Willie Mays

That's how easy baseball was for me. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I had the knowledge before I became a professional baseball player to do all these things and know what each guy would hit. — Willie Mays

Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on his 660th home run, milestones in baseball are meant to be broken and I wish him continued success throughout his career. — Willie Mays

Defense to me is the key to playing baseball. — Willie Mays

The greatest challenge I think is adjusting to not playing baseball. The reason for that is I had to come out of baseball and come into the business world, not being a college graduate, not being educated to come into the business world the way I should have. — Willie Mays

"And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5′ 11". So I just picked baseball." — Willie Mays

I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game — Willie Mays

I don't rate them, I just hit them. — Willie Mays

I didn't teach you that. Catch the ball with your glove. — Willie Mays

Willie Mays Quotes On Ball

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At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports. — Willie Mays

Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was. — Willie Mays

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 — Willie Mays

When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year. It depends on how many games there was. — Willie Mays

Willie Mays Famous Quotes And Sayings

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In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn't drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing — Willie Mays

I'm not the type of guy to go out and just say, 'Hey, I'm raising my fist to do this and do that.' I don't think I'm that type of guy. I wasn't a leader the way other people may have wanted me to be. — Willie Mays

If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer. — Willie Mays

I would try and help everybody, because the game was so easy for me. It was just like walking in the park. — Willie Mays

I was very blessed with a good body. Never got hurt. Never was in the hospital. The only time I was in the hospital was when I would get exhausted a little bit, and go in for a check-up or something. — Willie Mays

When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field. I used to get there for a two o'clock game. Where can you make this kind of money playing sports? It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it. — Willie Mays

I played with the Birmingham Black Barons. I was making 500 at 14. That was a lot of money in those days. — Willie Mays

I remember the last season I played. I went home after a ballgame one day, lay down on my bed, and tears came to my eyes. How can you explain that? It's like crying for your mother after she's gone. You cry because you love her. I cried, I guess, because I loved baseball, and I knew I had to leave it. — Willie Mays

The catch off Bobby Morgan (a backhanded grab of the Brooklyn Dodger's line drive in September 1951 at Ebbets Field) in Brooklyn was the best catch I ever made. Jackie Robinson and (Giants manager) Leo Durocher were the first people I saw when I opened my eyes — Willie Mays

In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100 percent dedication, you won't be able to do this. — Willie Mays

One of the hardest parts of practice is the criticism a player takes from his coaches. Some players think a coach has it in for them when a flaw in style is pointed out ... I know that when things start going wrong, for one, I get the coach to keep his eye on me to see what I'm suddenly doing wrong. I can't see it or I wouldn't be doing it in the first place. — Willie Mays

I don't know what Joe (DiMaggio) wanted (in regards to being called 'the greatest living ballplayer'), but I don't have a problem, if he wanted to do that. He was my hero. Joe was the best all-around player. Joe was the best. I only played against him once, in the '51 Series. — Willie Mays

Life Lessons by Willie Mays

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  1. Willie Mays demonstrated the importance of hard work and dedication, as he worked tirelessly to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
  2. He also showed that with the right attitude, anything is possible, as he kept a positive outlook even in the face of adversity.
  3. Finally, he taught us the value of humility, as he was always humble and gracious in victory and defeat.

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