Willie Mays quotes

 quotes - I didn't say I was that smart, I said I went to class and I enjoyed what I was doing.

“I didn't say I was that smart, I said I went to class and I enjoyed what I was doing.”

— Willie Mays

 quotes - Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was.

“Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was.”

— Willie Mays

 quotes - I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.

“I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.”

— Willie Mays

 quotes - I think I was programmed to do good things when I came into the majors. I knew how to play.

“I think I was programmed to do good things when I came into the majors. I knew how to play.”

— Willie Mays

“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won't be able to do this.”

— Willie Mays

“Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.”

— Willie Mays

“I was a baseball player, I taught baseball, and all of a sudden I was in the business world. Now I used the baseball world to talk about their product. Not too much, just enough to keep going. Just be yourself and you'll never have a problem. That's what I did.”

— Willie Mays

“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.”

— Willie Mays

“I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.”

— Willie Mays

“They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.”

— Willie Mays

“When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But, when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.”

— Willie Mays

“Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.”

— Willie Mays

“I don't mean to be bashful, but I was.”

— Willie Mays

“I played with the Birmingham Black Barons. I was making 500 at 14. That was a lot of money in those days.”

— Willie Mays

“I would try and help everybody, because the game was so easy for me. It was just like walking in the park.”

— Willie Mays

“It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.”

— Willie Mays

“When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year. It depends on how many games there was.”

— Willie Mays

“Yes, I had to learn how to live life outside, but I had so many people help me.”

— Willie Mays

“And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball.”

— Willie Mays

“At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.”

— Willie Mays

“I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act.”

— Willie Mays

“I was very blessed with a good body. Never got hurt. Never was in the hospital. The only time I was in the hospital was when I would get exhausted a little bit, and go in for a check-up or something.”

— Willie Mays

“I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don't have a good life.”

— Willie Mays

“I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game.”

— Willie Mays

“If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer.”

— Willie Mays
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