quote by Phil Rizzuto

There was an aura about him (Joe DiMaggio). He walked like no one else walked. He did things so easily. He was immaculate in everything he did. Kings of State wanted to meet him and be with him. He carried himself so well. He could fit in any place in the world.

— Phil Rizzuto

Most Powerful Joe Dimaggio quotations

Whether your name is (Lou) Gehrig or (Cal) Ripken, (Joe) DiMaggio or (Jackie) Robinson, or that of some youngster who picks up his bat or puts on his glove, you are challenged by the game of baseball to do your very best day in and day out. That's all I've ever tried to do.

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.

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 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.'

I'm very pleased and very proud of my accomplishments, but I'm most proud of that (hitting four-hundred home runs and three-thousand hits). Not (Ted) Williams, not (Lou) Gehrig, not (Joe) DiMaggio did that. They were Cadillacs and I'm a Chevrolet.

Joe DiMaggio was the greatest all-around player I ever saw.

His career can not be summed up in numbers and awards. It might sound corny, but he had a profound and lasting impact on the country.

Do you think it's easy to just walk up to Joe DiMaggio and start up a conversation? I've been around him at old-timers' games, and believe me, he's someone special. It's not easy to walk over and say, 'How ya doin', Joe, whaddya say?' You really feel as though this is the one old-timer you have to call Mister.

Mrs. Robinson is a little dated now, but it has nothing to do with Joe DiMaggio.

Marilyn Monroe was taken advantage of by most of the men that knew her, including Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio, whom I also knew very well.

I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had.

He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.

I came in here and a fella asked me to have a drink.

I said I don't drink. Then another fella said hear you and Joe DiMaggio aren't speaking and I said I'll take that drink.

I can't imagine Joe DiMaggio was a better all-around player than Dale Murphy.

Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees are so famous for Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, all of those guys.

I'm not head-strong, and I'm not egotistical.

I understand certain things better now. I won't be trying to be play everyday. There's only one Cal Ripken, one Lou Gehrig and one Joe DiMaggio. What is good for them isn't necessarily good for Eric Davis.

I'm the guy that made Joe DiMaggio famous.

Joe DiMaggio was quite mean to Marilyn Monroe when they were married.

But after she died, he did tend to her grave, which made up for it.

I've had heroes in my life - Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth.

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.

Sometimes I sit in my den at home and read stories about myself.

Kids used to save whole scrapbooks on me. They get tired of them and mail them to me. I'll go in there and read them, and you know what? They might as well be about (Stan) Musial and (Joe) DiMaggio, it's like reading about somebody else.

I think the best all-round baseball player ever was Joe DiMaggio.

I played sometimes about as dull as you can play it.

I did things the right way, you know. I think I modeled my playing ability after one of the all time greats, Joe DiMaggio. You always found Joe, when he played, you know, he always threw to the right base. He ran, he caught the ball. He did all the right things. He was an idol of mine in the outfield. He played the game the way it was supposed to be played.

I don't think anyone can ever put into words the great things (Joe) DiMaggio did. Of all the stars I've known, DiMaggio needed the least coaching.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

Baseball isn't statistics, it's Joe DiMaggio rounding second base.

I want to thank all my teammates who scored so many runs and Joe DiMaggio, who ran down so many of my mistakes.

Joe DiMaggio batting sometimes gave the impression, the suggestion that the old rules and dimensions of baseball no longer applied to him, and that the game had at last grown unfairly easy.

There was never a day when I was as good as Joe DiMaggio at his best.

Joe was the best, the very best I ever saw.

Now they talk on the radio about the record set by (Babe) Ruth, and (Joe) DiMaggio and Henry Aaron. But they rarely mention mine. Do you know what I have to show for the sixty-one home runs? Nothing, exactly nothing.

He knew he was Joe DiMaggio, and he knew what that meant to the country.