26 Remarkable Stan Musial Quotes

26 Remarkable Stan Musial Quotes

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Stanley Musical was a World War II veteran as well as a professional Baseball player. He grew up in Pennsylvania and developed his love for baseball playing with his neighborhood friends. He broke into the professional world with the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, during his first season the Cardinals won the World Series. He died from natural causes at the age of 92.

“A lot of hitters stay away from the plate, some are close up, some are forward, some are back. The thing about hitting is this: You have to know the strike zone. That’s the most important thing. Hit strikes and put the bat on the ball.”

“Always wanted to be a Major League player. Loved baseball. Followed it. Loved to play. Plus, I could always hit.”

“Get eight hours of sleep regularly. Keep your weight down, run a mile a day.”

“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”

“Hitting is like swimming. Once you learn the stroke, you never forget it.”

“I consciously memorized the speed at which every pitcher in the league threw his fastball, curve, and slider. Then, I’d pick up the speed of the ball in the first 30 feet of its flight and knew how it would move once it has crossed the plate.”

“I have a darn good job, but please don’t ask me what I do.”

“I love to play this game of baseball – I love putting on this uniform.”

“I never realized that batting a little ball around could cause so much commotion. I now know how (Charles) Lindbergh must have felt when he returned from St. Louis.”

“I started to crouch because that way I could guard the plate better, and I always wanted to hit .300 in the big leagues.”

“I think I had the smallest handle around. When I got my bats, I even trimmed them down. I used to scrape them. Some years later when I started getting older, I used to start with a 33 and in the summer it got down to 31 and then probably in September got down to 30.”

“I’m a musician. I play harmonica for relaxation. A good way to relax and entertain people. An excellent way to have fun.”

“It seemed like I always did some great hitting in Brooklyn. The field there was close to the stands. Every time I started walking to the plate, I could hear the fans say, ‘Here comes that man again. Here comes that man.’”

“The first principle of contract negotiations is don’t remind them of what you did in the past – tell them what you’re going to do in the future.”

“The key to hitting for high average is to relax, concentrate, and don’t hit the fly ball to center field.”

“The one unbreakable rule about hitting is this: if a batter hits well with his own particular stance and swing, think twice – or more – before suggesting a change.”

“There is no one correct way to bat, and so of course there is no one correct stance for it.”

“There was never a day when I was as good as Joe DiMaggio at his best. Joe was the best, the very best I ever saw.”

“Used to be bats had thick handles and a big barrel. Then they found it’s not the size of the bat that gets home runs – it’s the speed with which you can swing it.”

“We didn’t have much expect for kindness.”

“What I try to do is never to hurt anybody else and figure if I don’t, then I’m not likely to get hurt myself.”

“What made me sign with the Cardinals? Because they used salesmanship, the personal touch.”

“When a pitcher’s throwing a spitball, don’t worry and don’t complain, just hit the dry side like I do.”

“When we played the Dodgers in St. Louis, they had to come through our dugout, and our bat rack was right there where they had to walk. My bats kept disappearing, and I couldn’t figure it out. Turns out, Pee Wee Reese was stealing my bats. I found that out later, after we got out of baseball. He and Rube Walker stole my bats.”

“Where others wrote, they talked. Where others waited, they acted. That early bird that got the worm must have been a Redbird.”

“You wait for a strike, then you knock the shit out of it.”