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Willie Mays Quotes

Willie Mays
The home-field advantage in baseball, to me, I don't understand. I had to play as well on the road as I did at home.
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They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.
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Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
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It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.
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Hopefully, they can say, "There goes the best baseball player in the world." I honestly believe I did everything in baseball that a baseball player can do, and I did it with love.
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#Baseball

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Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was.
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I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
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If people want to say Barry is No. 1, they won't get an argument from me. As long as I get to be No. 2.
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Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
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I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.
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If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer.
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I remember that last season I played. I went home after a ballgame one day, lay down on my bed, and tears came to my eyes. How can you explain that? You cry because you love her. I cried, I guess, because I loved baseball and I knew I had to leave it.
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#Bed

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My name gives me a little more publicity, but there is some pressure living up to the standards of a legend. I just tell myself to play my game, be myself and enjoy every minute of it.
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#Living

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I wanted badly to play and coach (Mike) Goldschmidt gave me that opportunity. My best friend came up here and told me about the program. I want to be drafted after this season. Ultimately, I want to play pro baseball and meet Willie Mays in person.
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It was all I could do to not scream. If they were closer they may have seen my eyes tearing up. Man, that hurt.
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#Eyes

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And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball.
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At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.
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Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.
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I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act.
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I didn't say I was that smart, I said I went to class and I enjoyed what I was doing.
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I don't mean to be bashful, but I was.
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I played with the Birmingham Black Barons. I was making 500 at 14. That was a lot of money in those days.
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I think I was programmed to do good things when I came into the majors. I knew how to play.
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I think that all athletes should practice. They should practice, because you want to know what's happening as far as - when the game is concerned.
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I was a baseball player, I taught baseball, and all of a sudden I was in the business world. Now I used the baseball world to talk about their product. Not too much, just enough to keep going. Just be yourself and you'll never have a problem. That's what I did.
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I was very blessed with a good body. Never got hurt. Never was in the hospital. The only time I was in the hospital was when I would get exhausted a little bit, and go in for a check-up or something.
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