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#1. When I played ball, I didn't play for fun ... It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
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#2. The longer I live, the longer I realize that batting is more a mental matter than it is physical. The ability to grasp the bat, swing at the proper time, take a proper stance; all these are elemental. Batting is rather a study in psychology, a sizing up of a pitcher and catcher and observing little details that are of immense importance. It's like the study of crime, the work of a detective as he picks up clues.
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#3. A ball bat is a wondrous weapon.
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#4. I never could stand losing. Second place didn't interest me. I had a fire in my belly.
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#5. I've got to be first all the time - in everything.
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#6. I've got to be first. ALL the time.
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#7. I've been called one of the hardest bargainers who ever held out, and I'm proud of it.
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#8. Walter Johnson's fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed.
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#9. To get along with me, don't increase my tension.
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#10. I have observed that baseball is not unlike a war, and when you come right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
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#11. I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor.
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#12. I may have been fierce, but never low or underhand.
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#13. The great American game should be an unrelenting war of nerves.
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#14. I'm coming down on the next pitch, Krauthead.
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#15. When I came to Detroit I was just a mild-mannered Sunday-school boy.
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#16. The most important part of a player's body is above his shoulders.
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#17. The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that's it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.
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#18. Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
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#19. Speed is a great asset; but it's greater when it's combined with quickness - and there's a big difference.
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