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Mickey Mantle Quotes

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1. “Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.”
2. “When I hit a home run I usually didn’t care where it went. So long as it was a home run was all that mattered.”
3. “Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, Sure, every time.”
4. “I don’t care who you are, you hear those boos.”
5. “Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else’s brain, who knows how good a player I might have been.”
6. “All I had was natural ability.”
7. “A lot of people wrote that Roger (Maris) and I didn’t like each other and that we didn’t get along. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
8. “The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know.”
9. “I could never be a manager. All I have is natural ability.”
10. “As far as I’m concerned, (Hank) Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He’s never received the credit he’s due.”
11. “But god-damn, to think you’re a .300 hitter and end up at .237 in your last season, then find yourself looking at a lifetime .298 average – it made me want to cry.”
12. “You don’t realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.”
13. “The biggest game I ever played in was probably Don Larsen’s perfect game.”
14. “In 1960 when Pittsburgh beat us in the World Series, we outscored them 55-27. It was the only time I think the better team lost. I was so disappointed I cried on the plane ride home.”
15. “If I knew I’d live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
16. “Sometimes I sit in my den at home and read stories about myself. Kids used to save whole scrapbooks on me. They get tired of them and mail them to me. I’ll go in there and read them, and you know what? They might as well be about (Stan) Musial and (Joe) DiMaggio, it’s like reading about somebody else.”
17. “I’ll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do.”
18. “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete (Rose), I’d wear a dress.”
19. “My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.”
20. “To play eighteen years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.”

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