„When I hit the six-foot mark at thirteen, I noticed the majority of the population was in denial with regard to my athletic potential. The townspeople refused to believe that I couldn't play ball.“

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„When I played ball, I didn't play for fun.“

—  Ty Cobb American baseball player 1886 - 1961
Context: When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. To me it wasn't parchesi played under parchesi rules. Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest. Every man in the game, from the minors on up, is not only fighting against the other side, but he's trying to hold onto his own job against those on his own bench who'd love to take it away. Why deny this? Why minimize it? Why not boldly admit it? Many a writer has said that I was "unfair." Well, that's not my understanding of the word. When my toes were stepped on, I stepped right back. Ch. 23 : "To Plant One Rose —", p. 280

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„I didn't try to hit him. I just tried to make my pitch and the ball went out of my hand.“

—  Carlos Zambrano Venezuelan baseball pitcher 1981
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„Niggas pray and pray on my downfall
But every time I hit the ground I bounce up like round ball.“

—  Jay-Z American rapper, businessman, entrepreneur, record executive, songwriter, record producer and investor 1969
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„I always swing at the ball with all my might. I hit or miss big“

—  Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948
Context: I always swing at the ball with all my might. I hit or miss big and when I miss I know it long before the umpire calls a strike on me, for every muscle in my back, shoulders and arms is groaning, "You missed it." And be­lieve me, it is no fun to miss a ball that hard. Once I put myself out of the game for a few days by a miss like that. From "'Keep Your Eye On the Ball'; No, Not Golf, It's Babe Ruth," http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1920/08/13/page/11/ by Ruth (as told to Pegler), in The Chicago Tribune (August 13, 1920), p. 11; reprinted as "How to Hit Home Runs," https://books.google.com/books?id=SAAlxi-0EZYC&pg=PA29&dq=%22I+always+swing%22+%22hit+or+miss+big%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZzNH7oM3QAhWJ4iYKHUCwC8wQ6AEIFDAA#v=onepage&q=%22I%20always%20swing%22%20%22hit%20or%20miss%20big%22&f=false in Playing the Game: My Early Years in Baseball, p. 29

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„Breaking ball, hit off the pitcher, TO THE THIRD BASEMAN!!! No play! Base hit! Three thousand for Lou Brock!“

—  Jack Buck American sportscaster 1924 - 2002
Calling Brock's 3,000th career hit in 1979.

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„There wasn't any pitcher I felt I couldn't get a hit off.“

—  Hank Aaron Retired American baseball player 1934
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„If you pitch me inside, I will hit the fucking ball to Harrisburg.“

—  Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
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„I no play outfield until pro ball“

—  Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Context: Four years ago he was playing amateur softball in Puerto Rico. "I peetch and play shortstop," he said of his early days. "I no play outfield until pro ball." Roberto turned pro in 1952 with Santurce and last year played winter ball for that team with Willie Mays. Herman Franks, Giant coach, was the manager. "Wee-lee May and Herm Frank help me," he answered when I asked him if he had been given special instruction in the game by anyone. "May show me how to field and throw," he added. Did Mays or anyone show him how to hit? "No," he replied, pride in his voice. "I learn to heet myself. Nobody show me." As paraphrased and quoted in "Sidelight on Sports: A Baseball Star is Born" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=d5dRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=52sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1293%2C4057980 by Al Abrams, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tuesday, June 7, 1955), p. 20

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„I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.“

—  Shirley Temple American actress and diplomat 1928 - 2014
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„My dad wrote a song about the people in the slides. I started playing harmonica. I was only six.“

—  Rachel Trachtenburg American musician 1993
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