I never did allow anything to keep me from my kids. They're the most important part of my life.

I wasn't out drinking and abusing my body. I simply loved to go out and dance.

I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole, in my early years raised as an Indian.

I don't really feel that I deserve all my applause.

My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica.

Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters.

I would always reserve a special place in my heart for Pittsburgh.

I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning experience.

To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.

Reporters often forget that athletes are human beings.

You only have a few years to play this game and you can't play it if you're all tied up in knots.

Oakland revolved around Forbes Field. Nothing in the city could match that atmosphere.

I found myself in a race with Mother Nature to play as much baseball as I could before she forced me to stop.

We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players. We take batting practice until our hands bleed.

It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know.

Judgment traps you within the limitations of your comparisons. It inhibits freedom.

A World Series trophy is a wonderful thing to behold.

Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion.

I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.

The bat is gone, but the smile remains.

Never had I had so many friends and so much fun as I did in the projects.

I gave out stars whenever an appropriate situation presented itself.

If a reporter doesn't like the person he's writing about, it shows up in his article.

I love September, especially when we're in it.

Human beings are pampered by the Lord. Their real tests don't come until later in life.

Unfortunately, inner feelings and potential are often stunted by our parents, relatives or peers.

I was always a self-proclaimed poor slider.

I'm a God-fearing man who worships with my heart and with my life.

We all wore a 21 patch that one season as a silent tribute to our deceased teammate Roberto.

To middle-class parents, the project team may have seemed unfit for children, but it was exactly what I needed.

I've always been a slave to my heart.

Life is one big transition.

That's where the future lies, in the youth of today.

There's nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.

I'm proud of the fact that I'm the only player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium.

I never search for a reason why - I have faith in the Lord's purpose.

I flailed my arm in a throwing motion before I could even walk.

I've witnessed thousands of superior athletes try to becomes hitters and fail at it.

I see a lot of people who love their jobs. I see some garbage collectors smiling as they go about their work.

To be successful, one must take chances.

Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.

I loved to hit with men on base and with the game on the line.

Never was I booed.

Love soothes wounds, while hatred and violence deepen them.

I owe a large part of my success to Joe Brown, who helped me both as a player and a person.

The Giants were a good team, but our biggest enemy was said to be Candlestick Park.

People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can't think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can.

Simple pleasures were all the pleasures that I knew as a child.

They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square.