Killebrew in 1962
|First baseman / Third baseman / Left fielder|
June 29, 1936|
|Died: May 17, 2011
It must be nice for today's hitters when you don't have to worry about being thrown at. It's a whole different deal. When I played, getting knocked down was an accepted part of the game.
I always tried to watch the pitcher and his complete windup from the moment he had the ball in his glove all the way through his motion, and tried to follow it all the way out of his hand, all the way to home plate.
I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players, and that's what I tried to do.
When I was 14, and for the next four years, I was lifting and hauling 10-gallon milk cans full of milk. That will put muscles on you even if you're not trying.
Joe Mauer's the real deal. He is absolutely wonderful. Not only is he a great player, but he's a great human being. He's the kind of guy you'd like to see… be your son.
I'm not a quitter. All my career, I went through a lot of physical adversity, injuries. It's in my nature to be a battler.
Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.
I want to say that maybe I've made some wrong decisions, but I'm still an honorable person, and I intend to take care of all of my obligations.
It takes a lot of dedication to quit smoking, and whether you give up for good on your first try or have to give it a couple of tries – just keep swinging at it and you will succeed.
The Mayo Clinic is one of the largest and most experienced medical centers treating esophageal cancer in the world.
Society doesn't like to deal with death, but it is a natural part of living.
The people in the Upper Midwest were the same kind of people I grew up around in Idaho.
Hitting .400 is something you can do by yourself. But you have to rely on guys getting on base at the right time to drive in that many runs.
There was a time when rival teams used a shift against me. They would put the second baseman on the shortstop's side of the bag, move the shortstop into the hole to his right, and have the third baseman hug the foul line. The idea was to build an infield wall against a known right-handed pull hitter.
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass'; 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'
Pitchers are smart. They know they are much better off if they mix things up and keep you off-balance.
I speak very highly of Jim Thome. Not only is he a great player, but he's a great individual.
At Tiger Stadium, the dugouts are so low that you walk in and hit your head on the ceiling. People would say, 'Don't feel bad. Ty Cobb did the same thing.'
In baseball, you pack your uniform in the clubhouse after a ball game, and you see it hanging up in your locker when you get to your next city.