|61. "Mickey, it's only a game."
Mickey's wife Merlyn, trying to console him after
losing the 1960 World Series
62. "What do you think?"
Casey Stengel to a reporter who asked him if
he thought the better team had won the 1960 World Series
63. "You are our leader."
Ralph Houk to Mickey in spring training,
64. "Give me the Mick in the clutch anytime."
65. "Ralph (Houk) brought out the best in everybody,
and that included me. I consider myself lucky to have played for him."
66. "Roger Maris was as good a man and as good
a ballplayer as there ever was."
67. "A lot of people wrote that Roger (Maris)
and I didn't like each other and that we didn't get along. Nothing could
be further from the truth."
68. "In 1961 somebody could've hit a home run
to win the game and the next day the headline was about the M&M boys
not hitting a home run. But everyone was real good about it. Instead of
getting mad they joked about it."
69. "The greatest thing I ever saw was Roger
Maris breaking Babe Ruth's record."
70. "Well, I beat my man. Now it's up to you
to beat yours."
Mickey to Roger Maris after he beat Lou Gehrig's
1927 home run total of 47 with his 48th homer in 1961
71. "I know a doctor who can give you a shot
and you'll get over that cold you've got and get better in a day."
Broadcaster Mel Allen to Mickey when he referred
him to Dr. Max Jacobson (the notorious "Dr. Feel Good" to many celebrities),
who botched the injection he gave Mickey, putting Mickey in the hospital
and ruining his chances of breaking Babe Ruth's record
72. "The strain on Roger (Maris) was unbelievable.
After I dropped out the reporters only had one guy to go to. They surrounded
him everywhere he went. He had big clumps of hair falling out. That he
went ahead and did it was unbelievable."
73. "It was the single greatest feat I ever
Mickey on Roger Maris breaking Babe Ruth's single
74. "I don't know why Roger (Maris) isn't in
the hall of fame. To me, he was as good as there ever was."
75. "In 1961, when Maris broke Babe Ruth's
record, he wasn't intentionally walked once. Mickey batted after Roger,
and nobody was going to put a man on base with Mantle coming up to the
76. "I don't want to take anything away from
Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. They're both great hitters, but they're
batting against guys they never would have seen in previous years."
Ted Williams, on the effects of baseball's expansion
from 16 to 20 teams on the pitching talent
77. "To Mickey, the Greatest of them all -
Inscription by Roger Maris on a baseball he gave
78. "The best team I ever saw, and I really
mean this, was the '61 Yankees."
79. "I never got to see the '27 Yankees. Everyone
says that was the greatest team ever. But I think it would've been a great
series if we'd have had the chance to play them."
80. "If I'd known I was going to live so long
I'd have taken better care of myself."