Quotes from Hank Aaron
"I can't recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth. I don't want them to forget (Babe) Ruth, I just want them to remember me!"
"I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them."
"I'm hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I'd be pulling for him."
Ted Williams on Negro Leagues Players getting into HOF
"I hope that some day the names of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson in some way can be added as a symbol of the great Negro players that are not here only because they were not given a chance."
Ted Williams on Willie Mays
"The other day Willie Mays hit his 522nd home run. He's gone past me and he's pushing ahead, and all I can say to him is 'Go get them Willie.'"
Willie Mays on playing through racism
"They called me names everywhere I went, but I said to myself 'It's no use arguing back, no use to hollering.' I would go into a visiting ballpark on Friday and they were calling me every name in the book. By Sunday, they were cheering. And, to me, I had them won over."
Jackson Reflects on Mantle's Greatness
"Just like every other kid in my grade school, I was listening to my little radio plug in my ear when Mickey Mantle hit 18 post-season homers and won series after series for the Yankees. I listened and I learned from that. I think he was the original 'Mr. October,' but thank god it didn't stick."
Reggie Jackson quotes:
"God do I love to hit that little round son-of-a-bitch out of the park and make 'em say 'Wow!'"
Harmon Killebrew Remembers His 500th
Think Ken Griffey, Jr. had a rough, long wait for his 500th home run? Harmon Hillebrew took so long to hit his 500th that his team celebrated his milestone homer before he actually hit it! Killebrew went homerless for nearly a month after his 499th career shot. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Twins had already scheduled a day to honor the accomplishment, complete with a commemorative cup.
Killebrew finally homered in his first at-bat on August 17th, 1971 off Baltimore's Mike Cuellar. With the pressure finally lifted, he homered of Cuellar again in his next at bat. "Five hundred is kind of a magical number. I didn't break a record or anything, but it's a mental thing," Killebrew said. "And I think it must have been the same for Griffey, watching him approach the 500 homer mark."
Killebrew's Goes The Distance
Killebrew hit many tape measure shots along the way. He was among the rare few to clear the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium with a towering home run off Jim Bunning on August 3, 1962. On June 3, 1967 against the Angels, “The Killer” blasted the longest home run ever hit at the Twins' Metropolitan Stadium. The three-run shot rifled six rows into Metropolitan Stadium's upper deck in left field, shattering two seats. The shot was estimated to have gone 530 feet. The splintered seats were painted orange and never sold again. The next day he hit another shot to almost the same spot, the ball pounding off the upper deck facing. He passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list with 537 when he hit an awesome upper deck shot to left-center at Chicago's old Comiskey Park.
Ernie Banks Remembers His 500th
"I was thinking (when he hit his 500th home run) about my mother and dad, about all the people in the Chicago Cubs organization that helped me and about the wonderful Chicago fans who have come out all these years to cheer me on. They've been a great inspiration to me."
Sammy Sosa About Being Compared to Ruth
"Don't compare me to Babe Ruth. God gave me the opportunity and the ability to be here at the right time, at the right moment, just like he gave Babe Ruth when he was playing. I just hope I can keep doing what I've been doing - keep taking care of business.
"I'm not thinking about that (breaking the single season record for home runs), but I'm not going to lie to you - I'm having a good time."
Mark McGwire on Babe Ruth
"Babe Ruth, what can you say? You are almost speechless when people put your name alongside his name. I wish I can go back in time in meet him. Obviously, he was probably the most important sports figure in the world at that time. Hopefully, someday when I pass away, I get to meet him, and then I can really find out what he was really like."
Mark McGwire on his dream season:
"To be the first player to do it three consecutive years (fifty or more home runs), you go back through the thousands of power hitters who played this game and nobody has ever done it, and I can sit here and say I'm the first. I'm pretty proud of that."
"To say the least, I'm amazed. Hitting seventy. I've never thought about it or dreamt about it. When I got to sixty-two early in September, everybody said, 'Shoot for seventy.' I'm speechless, really. I can't believe I did it. Can you? It blows me away. Then when I came into the clubhouse after I came out of the game, they already had a seventy homers hat made!"
"What a perfect way to end the home stand, by hitting sixty-two for the city of St. Louis and all the fans. I truly wanted to do it here and I did. Thank you St. Louis."
"What he (Sammy Sosa) and I have been doing is fantastic. What we've done nobody in the game has done for thirty-seven years. I'm pretty happy with the way things have been going."
"When people put my name next to (Babe) Ruth's name it still blows me away. I'm still in awe."
Ruth's 500th Homer Cost Him $20 Bill
August 11, 1929 - When Babe Ruth hit the 500th home run of his major league career over out of Cleveland's Dunne Field, he ran the bases and then confided to a team official that 'I'd kinda like to have that one." Detective H. C. Folger went out into Lexington Street to try to talk the kid who had pocketed the historic homer out of the ball. But the youngster realized he had come into a rare possession and meant to keep it. Folger took him into the park, into the presence of The Sultan of Swat and the rest is history. Babe gave the lad another ball which he autographed, in exchange, and slipped him a $20 bill. "Gee Ruth is a swell guy," the boy was quoted as saying in the newspaper recounts of the day.
Ruth on Hitting Home Runs
"How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball...The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. If I'd just tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around .600. I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can."
"Just one (superstition). Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases."
Ken Griffey Jr. on being compared to baseball's legends
"If I'm compared to Babe Ruth or Willie Mays, that's great. But I'm just going to go out there and be myself. "As long as I have fun playing, the stats will take care of themselves."