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All pitchers are born pitchers.

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

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

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

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.

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

I want to thank the good lord for making me a Yankee.

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

Just two words: a masterpiece.

When asked to comment on Jim 'Catfish' Hunter's perfect game in 1968

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

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

On why he played so hard every game

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

In that case Mr. Barrow, Mr. Gehrig is a very underpaid ballplayer.

Having played for the Yankees for two years, prior to the 1938 season when he sought a $40,000 contract (up from $15,000 in 1937) and manager Ed Barrow advised him that Lou Gehrig only made $43,000 after thirteen seasons

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

Baseball didn't really get into my blood until I knocked off that hitting streak. Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping.

On his Pacific Coast League record 61-game hitting streak from May 27 to July 25, 1933, with the San Francisco Seals in his first full professional season

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

Now this is over thirty years later and the guy said he was that cab driver. He apologized and he was serious. I felt awful. He might have been spending his whole life thinking he had jinxed me, but I told him he hadn't. My number was up.

Recalling the conversation he'd had in the 1970's with the cab driver who took him to the ballgame on 7/17/1941 in which his record 56-game hitting streak came to an end; during that cab ride the driver told him he thought the streak would end that day

Joseph Paul "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio
New York Yankees
OF

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