33 Famous Hank Aaron Quotes

33 Famous Hank Aaron Quotes

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Hank Aaron is a former baseball player for the MLB. He played from 1954 to 1976 with the Atlanta Braves and The Milwaukee Brewers. He played right fielder and was an All Star.

“Baseball needs me because it needs somebody to stir the pot, and I need it because it’s my life. It’s the means I have to make a little difference in the world.”

“Didn’t come up here to read. Came up here to hit.”

“Failure is part of success.”

“Failure will never stand int he way of success if you learn from it.”

“Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution.”

“History has a way of doing that. People appreciate it more the longer it lasts.”

“I can’t recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth.”

“I couldn’t open letters. I had to be escorted.”

“I don’t see pitches down the middle anymore – not even in batting practice.”

“I don’t want them to forget Ruth, I just want them to remember me!”

“I had many, many, many death threats. I couldn’t open letters for a long time, because they all had to be opened by either the FBI or somebody.”

“I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player.”

“I hope that these kids are given an opportunity to play, because whatever happened before, they had nothing to do with it. I just hope they have an opportunity to compete. They really
deserve to. They have some great ballplayers in Cuba.”

“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 think it’s very much a distraction to the ball club, and that is a cancer, you just get done playing the best team in baseball, the team has been playing very well, despite everything …
it’s just a distraction, and it is a cancer.”

“I’m here to support the commissioner and tougher drug penalties.”

“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.”

“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”

“Leo, if I’m not calling you, everything’s fine. If I’m calling you all the time, something isn’t right.”

“Most of all, I pray that no one ever again, in any walk of life, has to go through what I did.”

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

“No matter what happens the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever hit another home run. So wherever people want to rank me is fine.”

“On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants. But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again.”

“Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one, I still have all my hair, but when it’s over, I’m going home to Mobile and fish for a long time.”

“That’s going to be left up to the commissioner and the rules committee.”

“The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”

“The thing I like about baseball is that it’s one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it’s your mistake. If you hit a home run, it’s your home run.”

“There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life.”

“To this day, I don’t know how he withstood the things he did without lashing back. I’ve been through a lot in my time, and I consider myself to be a patient man, but I know I couldn’t have
done what Jackie did. I don’t think anybody else could have done it. Somehow, though, Jackie had the strength to suppress his instincts, to sacrifice his pride for his people.”

“We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. If you think that, you are fooling yourself.”

“Whatever we do, make sure we clean up baseball.”

“You got to play a hundred and fifty games a year, so pick your spots. You can miss two games a month; so pick the days you’re gonna be hurt, or you’re gonna rest or you’re gonna have a drink or two. The rest of the time, be on that field.”