They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.— Willie Mays
The most scandalous Willie Mays quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated.
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.
Never assume the other guy will never do something you would never do.
Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
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
Youngsters of Little League can survive undercoaching a lot better than overcoaching.
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.
When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But, when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.
What's tough is being good every day.
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.
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.
I would try and help everybody, because the game was so easy for me.
It was just like walking in the park.
I don't mean to be bashful, but I was
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.
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.
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.
I played with the Birmingham Black Barons.
I was making 500 at 14. That was a lot of money in those days.
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
"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."
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.
Yes, I had to learn how to live life outside, but I had so many people help me.
It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.
I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.
I don't rate them, I just hit them.
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
When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year.
It depends on how many games there was.
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
I didn't teach you that. Catch the ball with your glove.
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.
Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was.
What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all.
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.
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.