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baseball player (1914-1999)

Joe DiMaggio quote

You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.

JOE DIMAGGIO, attributed, Pinstripe Quotes

A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues.

JOE DIMAGGIO, New York Times, Apr. 30, 1961

There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.

JOE DIMAGGIO, The Sporting News, Apr. 4, 1951

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.

JOE DIMAGGIO, Great Quotes from Great Sports Heroes

I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.

JOE DIMAGGIO, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

I'd like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.

JOE DIMAGGIO, speech at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 1, 1949

I feel like I have reached the stage where I can no longer produce for my club, my manager, and my teammates. I had a poor year, but even if I had hit .350, this would have been my last year. I was full of aches an pains and it had become a chore for me to play. When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game.

JOE DIMAGGIO, The Sporting News, Dec. 19, 1951

There's nobody taking center from me until I give it up.

JOE DIMAGGIO, "Quotes from Joe," Official Joe DiMaggio Website

Joe DiMaggio quote

When you have five or six potential hall of famers on your team ... that's when you win penants and championships. The only thing you have to be concerned about is getting the ballplayers to bed on time.

JOE DIMAGGIO, Sports Spectacular speech, 1995

At my age, I'm just happy to be named the greatest living anything.

JOE DIMAGGIO, on being named the greatest living baseball player, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

It's better than rooming with Joe Page.

JOE DIMAGGIO, on his wedding to actress Marilyn Monroe, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give it all I've got to help my ball club win. I’ve never played any other way.

JOE DIMAGGIO, "Quotes from Joe," Official Joe DiMaggio Website

I'll finally get to see Marilyn.

JOE DIMAGGIO, his final words as reported in Vanity Fair, Sep. 2000

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