SANDY KOUFAX QUOTES

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.”

“The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.”

“Pitching is the art of instilling fear.”

“I was scared every time I pitched to someone. It’s natural to feel scared, but you have to learn how to channel that fear into a positive energy.”

“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.”

“Pitching is the closest man will ever come to being pregnant.”

“There’s nothing wrong with losing your temper once in a while, if it’s for the right reasons.”

“If I don’t get my high fastball, I get indignant.”

“Pitching is an art form, and it takes a lot of mental and physical toughness to succeed.”

“I never threw a spitball. The pitches were so wet that I had trouble hanging onto them.”

“I may have heard that there are some people who have never taken a foul ball in their lives, but I won’t believe it until I meet them.”

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”

“I’ve got a THEORY! Safe has been called on intense plays. The runner had to have done something. Apparently, I did it!”

“What I meant to say was that this is a very intense series and, if it’s decided on one or two pitches, you’ll never be sure if they were the right pitches to throw. You can only do your best.”

“You have to be very careful about investing in new ballparks. Public money that goes into these projects is a vote conservative.”

“I’ve often said, ‘The only thing that keeps me in baseball is fear,’ and I mean it. It’s a constant battle to be consistent against players who are so good.”

“Never bet against Sandy Koufax when he’s pitching on the Sabbath.”

“My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.”

“To have my teammates trust me with the game in that critical a situation gives me great satisfaction.”

“When you’re pitching, you’re on your own.”

“In those days, you could play 10, 12 or more years before you were much of a hitter.”

“One of the most important things a pitcher can learn is that he and his catcher must communicate so well that they almost know what the other one is thinking.”

“Being a good teammate is more important to me than being a great pitcher.”

“I didn’t learn how to pitch by striking out a lot of batters or throwing no-hitters. I learned it by losing.”

“I would rather have two or three of those 40 wins and a World Series.”

(On his decision to retire early)

“When you’re young, you don’t try to build things. You’re more focused on destruction. That’s why kids are great pitchers and young men aren’t.”

“The only pitch that doesn’t disturb me is one that I miss. The one that I miss makes me miss the next one.”

“When they knock me down, I just get back up. And I’ve got Stickum on my foot, baby!”

“You might as well admit it, I might as well admit it. I shoot at stuff, sometimes I don’t aim so well.”

“I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times when I was struggling, I was looking across the way at him. He [Sandy’s father] taught me how to hate.”