Ted Williams was the greatest hitter I ever saw, but DiMaggio was the greatest all around player.
Where the ball went was up to heaven. Sometimes I threw the ball clean up into the stands.
I don’t think baseball owes colored people anything. I don’t think colored people owe baseball anything, either.
My father loved baseball and he cultivated my talent. I don’t think he ever had any doubt in his mind that I would play professional baseball someday.
I spent 34 months on the battleship Alabama, South Dakota-class. I was a gun captain. First we went to Russia for about 11 months with the British convoys. Then we were up in Norway and Scandinavia.
There was great leadership in this country at the time of World War II. There was also unrelenting resolve at home, in America’s factories and on the farms, in the cities and the country.
I went on inactive duty in August 1945, and since I had stayed in such good shape and had played ball on military teams, I was ready to start for the Indians just two days later, against the Tigers.
The difference between relief pitching when I did it today is simple, there is too much of it. It’s one of those cases where more is not necessarily better.
Sympathy is something that shouldn’t be bestowed upon the Yankees. Apparently it angers them.
Nowadays, they have more trouble packing hair dryers than baseball equipment.
I did what any American could and should do: serve his country in its time of need.
I would rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no hit game.
Nobody lives forever and I’ve had a blessed life.
I was only a gun captain on the battleship Alabama for 34 months. People have called me a hero for that, but I’ll tell you this – heroes don’t come home. Survivors come home.
You can talk about teamwork on a baseball team, but I’ll tell you, it takes teamwork when you have 2,900 men stationed on the U.S.S. Alabama in the South Pacific.