Talk:Ted Williams

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For some reason, I think that there's some quote about Ted Williams wanting to be the best hitter ever as a child? Does anyone remember what this quote is? Or am I just crazy? --Revised 22:12, 13 November 2005 (UTC)


  • All managers are losers, they are the most expendable pieces of furniture on the face of the Earth.
  • 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.
  • Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
  • Baseball's future? Bigger and bigger, better and better! No question about it, it's the greatest game there is!
  • By the time you know what to do, you're too old to do it.
  • DiMaggio was the greatest all-around player I ever saw. His career cannot be summed up in numbers and awards. It might sound corny, but he had a profound and lasting impact on the country.
  • God gets you to the plate, but once you're there you're on your own.
  • Golf is the only sport where the ball doesn't move until you hit it.
  • Hitting a baseball — I've said it a thousand times — is the single most difficult thing to do in sport.
  • Hitting is fifty percent above the shoulders.
  • 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.
  • I know how lucky I've been in life, more than anybody will ever know. I've lived a kind of precarious life style, precarious in sports, flying and baseball. And oh boy. I know how lucky I've been.
  • I know— I know all about you. Look, kid, don't ever — ya' understand me? — don't ever let anyone monkey with your swing.
    • To Carl Yastrzemski
  • I'd have been a .290 hitter without a Louisville Slugger.
  • I've found that you don't need to wear a necktie if you can hit.
  • If I was being paid thirty-thousand dollars a year, the very least I could do was hit .400.
  • If there is such a thing as a science in sport, hitting a baseball is it. As with any science, there are fundamentals, certain tenets of hitting every good batter or batting coach could tell you. But it is not an exact science.
  • If there was ever a man born to be a hitter it was me.
  • If you get fooled by a pitch with less than two strikes, take it.
  • In spite of all the terrible things that have been said about me by the knights of the keyboard up there... And they were terrible things, I'd like to forget them, but I can't. I want to say that my years in Boston have been the greatest thing in my life.
  • Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
  • Making good contact with a round ball and round bat even if you know what's coming is hard to do. That seems to be the one major thing that all young players have difficulty with. Why? It's the hardest thing to do in sports. So that's the reason baseball is a hard game to play.
  • People always told me that my natural ability and good eyesight were the reasons for my success as a hitter. They never talk about the practice, practice, practice.
  • Set your goal. Stay focused. And you'll succeed.
  • The best sound I ever heard in my life was a ball hit with a bat.
  • The inside half of the plate. That's where history's made.
  • The only thing dumber than a pitcher is two pitchers.
  • The two things I'm proudest of in my life, is that I became a Marine pilot and that I became a member of Baseball's Hall of Fame.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays.
  • Think. Don't just swing. Think about the pitcher, what he threw you last time up, his best pitch, who's up next. Think.
  • Ya gotta be ready for the fastball.
  • You can't imagine the warm feeling I had, for the very fact that I had done what every ballplayer would want to do on his last time up, having wanted to do it so badly, and knowing how the fans really felt, how happy they were for me. Maybe I should have let them know I knew, but I couldn't. It just wouldn't have been me.
  • You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues.