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All Quotes by author - Roberto Clemente
" After I failed to win the Most Valuable Player Award in 1960, I made up my mind I'd win the batting title in 1961 for the first time. "
" Baseball has been very good to me. "
" Brooklyn was a famous team. I wanted to play for the Dodgers. "
" But some people act like they think I live in the jungle someplace. "
" I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player. "
" I am more valuable to my team hitting .330 then swinging for home runs. "
" I couldn't ask for better teammates, and the Pirate fans are the greatest in baseball. "
" If I would be happy, I would be a very bad ball player. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body. "
" If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth. "
" I loved the game so much that even though our playing field was muddy and we had many trees on it, I used to play many hours every day. "
" It's not a bad ball if I can hit it. "
" I used to watch Monte Irvin play when I was a kid. I idolized him. I used to wait in front of the ballpark just for him to pass by so I could see him. "
" I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all I had to give. "
" I was born to play baseball. "
I Was Born
" I wasn't ready for the majors when I joined the Pirates in 1955. I was too young and didn't know my way around. "
" I would like to get 3,000 hits. "
" Look at my skin - I am not of the white people. "
" My father used to say, 'I want you to be a good man; I want you to learn how to work. And I want you to be a serious person.' I grew up with that in my mind. "
" My mother has the same kind of an arm, even today at 74. She could throw a ball from second base to home plate with something on it. I got my arm from my mother. "
" Pitch me outside, I will hit .400. Pitch me inside, and you will not find the ball. "
" The Dodgers told me a big bonus was no good, and they said other players would resent it. Better for me to take a small amount of money and work my way. "
" The farther away you writers stay, the better I like it. You know why? Because you're trying to create a bad image of me... you do it because I'm black and Puerto Rican, but I'm proud to be Puerto Rican. "
" The first day that I get to Fort Myers, there was a newspaper down there. The newspaper said, 'Puerto Rican hot dog arrives in town.' "
" They said you'd really have to be something to be like Babe Ruth. But Babe Ruth was an American player. What we needed was a Puerto Rican player they could say that about, someone to look up to and try to equal. "
" To the people here, we are outsiders. Foreigners. "
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