Oakland revolved around Forbes Field. Nothing in the city could match that atmosphere.— Willie Stargell
The most irresistibly Willie Stargell quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole, in my early years raised as an Indian.
Pittsburgh isn't fancy, but it is real.
It's a working town and money doesn't come easy. I feel as much a part of this city as the cobblestone streets and the steel mills, people in this town expect an honest day's work, and I've it to them for a long, long time.
Be honest and work hard to get what you want.
Don't take shortcuts; you only cheat yourself in the long run. Success is not measured by money or fame, but by how you feel about your own goals and accomplishments and the time and effort you put into them.
I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning experience.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
Helping someone is what life is all about.
You only have a few years to play this game and you can't play it if you're all tied up in knots.
There's nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.
Trying to hit Sandy Koufax was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
Life is one big transition.
Human beings are pampered by the Lord. Their real tests don't come until later in life.
It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know.
I'm a God-fearing man who worships with my heart and with my life.
I see a lot of people who love their jobs.
I see some garbage collectors smiling as they go about their work.
Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world.
It's not the home-run hitters.
To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.
Judgment traps you within the limitations of your comparisons. It inhibits freedom.
I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself.
The Giants were a good team, but our biggest enemy was said to be Candlestick Park.
I don't really feel that I deserve all my applause.
I would always reserve a special place in my heart for Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately, inner feelings and potential are often stunted by our parents, relatives or peers.
To middle-class parents, the project team may have seemed unfit for children, but it was exactly what I needed.
We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players.
We take batting practice until our hands bleed.
My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica.
If a reporter doesn't like the person he's writing about, it shows up in his article.
We all wore a 21 patch that one season as a silent tribute to our deceased teammate Roberto.
I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.
Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion.
I'm proud of the fact that I'm the only player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium.
Simple pleasures were all the pleasures that I knew as a child.
I've witnessed thousands of superior athletes try to becomes hitters and fail at it.
I owe a large part of my success to Joe Brown, who helped me both as a player and a person.
Reporters often forget that athletes are human beings.
I loved to hit with men on base and with the game on the line.
Don't be sharp or flat; just be natural.
The bat is gone, but the smile remains.
Love soothes wounds, while hatred and violence deepen them.
Never had I had so many friends and so much fun as I did in the projects.
I flailed my arm in a throwing motion before I could even walk.
I found myself in a race with Mother Nature to play as much baseball as I could before she forced me to stop.
I love September, especially when we're in it.
I never did allow anything to keep me from my kids. They're the most important part of my life.
I gave out stars whenever an appropriate situation presented itself.
When we make a mistake, it becomes front-page news.
We don't need any reporter telling us how badly we played.
Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.
I've always been a slave to my heart.
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square.