"Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow's game."
"When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a baseball player. This is something I think about. The more I think about it, I'm convinced that God wanted me to play baseball."
"I would be lost without baseball. I don't think I could stand being away from it as long as I was alive."
"If I would be happy, I would be a bad ballplayer. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body."
"But some people act like they think I live in the jungle someplace."
"I am more valuable to my team hitting .330 then swinging for home runs."
"To the people here, we are outsiders. Foreigners."
"Baseball has been very good to me."
"I was born to play baseball."
"I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give."
"Nobody does anything better than me in baseball (Before the 1971 World Series)."
"A country without idols is nothing."
"There's no difference between me and you. You need something, a glove, a place to live, you let me know."
"When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth."
"In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives."
"I am from the poor people; I represent the poor people. I like workers. I like people that suffer because these people have a different approach to life from the people that have everything and don't know what suffering is."
"If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth."