Saturday, June 6, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Bill Dickey

William Malcolm Dickey
(June 5, 1907 – November 12, 1993)

Today's subject of
The MMOB Daily Quote was the catcher for the New York Yankees from 1928 to 1946. Though overshadowed by Yankee greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, Dickey was a key contributor to winning seven World Series rings in eight attempts.

After retirement, Bill helped mentor a number of Yankees players, including linguistically-magical
Yogi Berra, who famously said of him "Bill Dickey is learning me all of his experiences."

His career accomplishments received ultimate recognition with his induction into the
Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954.

Here's a short video clip about Mr. Dickey to give you a little more about the man and his exploits.

And now, some Bill Dickey quotes on this fine Saturday morning.

"A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn't the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn't going to say every day, 'Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.'"

"He (Babe Ruth) hits a ball harder and further than any man I ever saw."

"He (Lou Gehrig) just went out and did his job every day."
Source: Confessions from Left Field (Raymond Mungo)

"I don't recall your name but you sure were a sucker for a high inside curve." Source: Try and Stop Me (Bennett Cerf)

"I loved to make a great defensive play, I'd rather do that than hit a home run."

"It shore is perty (award) - much obliged."
Source: Try and Stop Me (Bennett Cerf)

"You guys got to see this kid (Mickey Mantle) we have in camp. Out of class C ball, hits 'em both ways - five-hundred feet both ways! You've got to see him." Source: The Sporting News (July 4, 1951)

Cheers! - Jason

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