To be good you've gotta have a lot of little boy in you. When you see Willie Mays and Ted Williams jumping and hopping around the bases after hitting a home run, and the kissing and hugging that goes on at home plate, you realize they have to be little boys.— Roy Campanella
Most Powerful Willie Mays quotations
Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose.
I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays.
(Babe) Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as (Willie) Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder.
If you want to know who was better, me or Willie Mays, you have to look at our career stats. And Willie's bottom line was better.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays.
I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron.
They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson.
[On Willie Mays] He was something like zero for twenty-one the first time I saw him. His first major league hit was a home run off me and I'll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid of Willie (Mays) forever if I'd only struck him out.
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
Come on, when does it come to the point where your name can't come up in trade talks? Willie Mays got traded. Pedro Martinez got traded. So what? That's part of the game.
I've been hearing this since I first joined the Reds organization, that I'm going to be the next this or that. It's tough on a young player coming up. You show some positive things and everybody jumps on that and says you should be the next Willie Mays.
I want to establish myself as the first Eric Davis, not the next Willie Mays.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Willie Mays was the best ever. When I was in college I once made a catch like the one Mays made over his head. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed at night I think about it. It still makes me warm.
Rock music is stronger than sports. That's why. Rock rules. Around the world, who's more famous: Willie Mays or Paul McCartney?
There have only been two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare and I think you'd better put Shakespeare first, darling.
Every may not be good, but there's something good in every day.
I had some great role models along the way.
My on-field heroes were the great Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Willie Mays. I wanted to be like them on the field, and I am so damn proud to join them in the Hall of Fame.
I've always played for the acceptance of my godfather (Willie Mays) and father (Bobby Bonds).
I think anybody who saw him will tell you that Willie Mays was the greatest player who ever lived.
If nothing saves us from death, may love at least save us from life.
I have to give Mays one edge, durability.
Mickey isn't sound and Willie is. Otherwise, if I had a chance to trade for either player, I'd pick Mantle.
After the second Die Hard, Bruce Willis stated he would never do another.
He should have stayed firm in his resolve. If quality is any indication (and it may be, with all the available blockbusters), box office returns will be disappointing this time around and, if nothing else, that will do to John McClane what dozens of assorted bad guys couldn't manage: kill him.
But this is the point I want to make: When you talk about steroids and you talk about what it means to the game, the three greatest home run hitters of all time-Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, right? When they were 39 years old, how many home runs do you think they averaged? The three greatest home run hitters of all time averaged 18 home runs at age 39. Now, how many home runs did Barry Bonds hit when he was 39? He hit 73!
It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
If I'm compared to Babe Ruth or Willie Mays, that's great.
But I'm just going to go out there and be myself.
I never dreamed about being President, I wanted to be Willie Mays.
I'm not sure what the hell charisma is, but I get the feeling it's Willie Mays.