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22 Most Famous Sandy Koufax Quotes (PITCHING)

Top 10 Most Famous Sandy Koufax Quotes (BEST)

“I don’t regret for one minute the twelve years I’ve spent in baseball, but I could regret one season too many. I’ve got a lot of years to live after baseball and I would like to live them with the complete use of my body. I tried to do a consistently good job – that was my goal. I loved played. I loved the game. And, I’ll miss it. My only regret is leaving baseball. I still don’t know how much I am going to miss it, but I know I am going to miss a lot of things.”

Sandy Koufax
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that's the definition of a good pitcher.
A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that’s the definition of a good pitcher.
Pitching is the art of instilling fear.
Pitching is the art of instilling fear.
Show me a guy who can't pitch inside and I'll show you a loser.
Show me a guy who can’t pitch inside and I’ll show you a loser.

“I can’t believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays. (Babe) Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can’t believe he could run as well as (Willie) Mays, and I can’t believe he was any better an outfielder.”

Sandy Koufax
I've got a lot of years to live after baseball and I would like to live them with the complete use of my body.
I’ve got a lot of years to live after baseball and I would like to live them with the complete use of my body.
If there was any magic formula, it was getting to pitch every fourth day.
If there was any magic formula, it was getting to pitch every fourth day.
The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews.
The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don’t have to ask anyone or play politics. You don’t have to wait for the reviews.
People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.
People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.

5 Sandy Koufax Quotes on Baseball

“The only time I really try for a strikeout is when I’m in a jam. If the bases are loaded with none out, for example, then I’ll go for a strikeout. But most of the time I try to throw to spots. I try to get them to pop up or ground out. On a strikeout I might have to throw five or six pitches, sometimes more if there are foul-offs. That tires me. So I just try to get outs. That’s what counts – outs. You win with outs, not strikeouts.”

Sandy Koufax
I don't think I've ever seen anybody with quicker hands than Soriano.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody with quicker hands than Soriano.

“I think it’s incredible because there were guys like Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle and Henry Aaron who were great players for ten years… I only had four or five good years.”

Sandy Koufax
I don't regret one minute of the twelve years I've spent in baseball, but I could regret one season too many.
I don’t regret one minute of the twelve years I’ve spent in baseball, but I could regret one season too many.

“I don’t know if cortisone is good for you or not. But to take a shot every other ball game is more than I wanted to do and to walk around with a constant upset stomach because of the pills and to be high half the time during a ball game because you’re taking painkillers… I don’t want to have to do that.”

Sandy Koufax

4 Sandy Koufax Quotes on Pitching

“It’s better to throw a theoretically poorer pitch whole-heartedly, than to throw the so-called right pitch with feeling of doubt-doubt that’s it’s right, or doubt that you can make it behave well at that moment. You’ve got to feel sure you’re doing the right thing-sure that you want to throw the pitch you’re going to throw.”

Sandy Koufax
If I could straighten it out (his golf swing), I'd be pitching at Dodger Stadium tonight.
If I could straighten it out (his golf swing), I’d be pitching at Dodger Stadium tonight.
You've got to be lucky to pitch a no-hitter, and if you have good stuff, it's easier to be lucky.
You’ve got to be lucky to pitch a no-hitter, and if you have good stuff, it’s easier to be lucky.
I'll never know. I've never been in a fight. But I doubt whether pitching speed would have any significance. You can't go into a windup in the ring.
I’ll never know. I’ve never been in a fight. But I doubt whether pitching speed would have any significance. You can’t go into a windup in the ring.

3 Sandy Koufax Quotes About Life

“There is among us a far closer relationship than the purely social one of a fraternal organization because we are bound together not only by a single interest but by a common goal. To win. Nothing else matters, and nothing else will do.”

Sandy Koufax
I can't picture people talking about me 50 years from now.
I can’t picture people talking about me 50 years from now.

“In the end it all comes down to talent. You can talk all you want about intangibles, I just don’t know what that means. Talent makes winners, not intangibles. Can nice guys win? Sure, nice guys can win – if they’re nice guys with a lot of talent. Nice guys with a little talent finish fourth, and nice guys with no talent finish last.”

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