I think I was programmed to do good things when I came into the majors. I knew how to play.

- Willie Mays

I would try and help everybody, because the game was so easy for me. It was just like walking in the park.

- Willie Mays

When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year. It depends on how many games there was.

- Willie Mays

It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.

- Willie Mays

I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act.

- Willie Mays

And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball.

- Willie Mays

I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don't have a good life.

- Willie Mays

I was very blessed with a good body. Never got hurt. Never was in the hospital. The only time I was in the hospital was when I would get exhausted a little bit, and go in for a check-up or something.

- Willie Mays

If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer.

- Willie Mays

I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game.

- Willie Mays