|Left fielder / Manager|
August 30, 1918|
San Diego, California
|Died: July 5, 2002
There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.
A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'
All managers are losers, they are the most expendable pieces of furniture on the face of the Earth.
Hitting is the most important part of the game. It is where the big money is, where much of the status is, and the fan interest.
There's only one way to become a hitter. Go up to the plate and get mad. Get mad at yourself and mad at the pitcher.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.
I hope somebody hits .400 soon. Then people can start pestering that guy with questions about the last guy to hit .400.
If I was being paid thirty-thousand dollars a year, the very least I could do was hit .400.
Baseball's future? Bigger and bigger, better and better! No question about it, it's the greatest game there is!