65 Hank Aaron Quotes On Success In Life

Henry Louis Aaron nicknamed “Hammer” or “Hammerin’ Hank”, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1954 through 1976. Widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players in history, he spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL). These Hank Aaron quotes will motivate you.

Best Hank Aaron Quotes

  1. “In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.” ~ Hank Aaron
  2. “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron
  3. Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.” ~ Hank Aaron
  4. “You may not think you’re going to make it. You may want to quit. But if you keep your eye on the ball, you can
    accomplish anything.” ~ Hank Aaron
  5. “It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” ~ Hank Aaron

  6. “What you do with your life and how you do it is not only a reflection on you, but on your family and all of those institutions that have helped to make you who you are.” ~ Hank Aaron
  7. “Failure will never stand int he way of success if you learn from it.” ~ Hank Aaron
  8. “I need to depend on Someone who is bigger, stronger and wiser than I am. I don’t do it on my own. God is my strength. He gave me a good body and some talent and the freedom to develop it. He helps me when things go wrong. He forgives me when I fall on my face. He lights the way.” ~ Hank Aaron
  9. “Consistency is what counts; you have to be able to do things over and over again.” ~ Hank Aaron

  10. “I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you’re inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you’ve never seen before. If they do, I’m still looking for it.” ~ Hank Aaron
  11. “I don’t see pitches down the middle anymore – not even in batting practice.” ~ Hank Aaron
  12. “I don’t want people to forget Babe Ruth. I just want them to remember Henry Aaron.” ~ Hank Aaron
  13. “I’m hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I’d be pulling for him.” ~ Hank Aaron
  14. “There is no logical reason why girls shouldn’t play baseball. It’s not all that tough.” ~ Hank Aaron
  15. “I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious.” ~ Hank Aaron

  16. “Failure is a part of success.” ~ Hank Aaron
  17. “I had many, many, many death threats. I couldn’t open letters for a long time, because they all had to be opened by either the FBI or somebody.” ~ Hank Aaron
  18. “Once the record was mine, I had to use it like a Louisville Slugger. I believed, and still do, that there was a reason why I was chosen to break the record. I feel it’s my task to carry on where Jackie Robinson left off, and I only know of one way to go about it. It’s the only way I’ve ever had of dealing with things like fastballs and bigotry — keep swinging at them.” ~ Hank Aaron
  19. “Does Pete (Rose) hustle? Before the All-Star game he came into the clubhouse and took off his shoes and they ran another mile without him.” ~ Hank Aaron

  20. “Baseball is a lot like the ivy-covered wall of Wrigley Field–it gives off a great appearance, but when you run into it, you discover the bricks underneath. At times, it seems that we’re dealing with a group of men who aren’t much different than others we’ve all run into over the years, except they wear neckties instead of robes and hoods.” ~ Hank Aaron
  21. “You visualize [pitches]. You see it in your head; you think it…I used to play every pitcher in my mind before I went to the ballpark. I started getting ready forever game the moment I woke up.” ~ Hank Aaron
  22. “Making the majors is not as hard as staying there, staying interested day after day. It’s like being married. The hardest part is to stay married.” ~ Hank Aaron quotes
  23. “I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown.” ~ Hank Aaron
  24. “I thought my chances to make the Braves were better and that they were being fairer to me, paying me more money to play in a lower classification … Besides, the Giants spelled my name “Arron” on their telegram.” ~ Hank Aaron
  25. “Didn’t come up here to read. Came up here to hit.” ~ Hank Aaron

  26. “I was being thrown to the wolves. Even though I did something great, nobody wanted to be a part of it. I was so isolated. I couldn’t share it. For many years, even after Jackie Robinson, baseball was so segregated, really. You just didn’t expect us to have a chance to do anything. Baseball was meant for the lily-white.” ~ Hank Aaron
  27. “There’s only one way to break the color line. Be good. I mean, play good. Play so good that they can’t remember what color you were before the season started.” ~ Hank Aaron
  28. “I had many, many, many death threats. I couldn’t open letters for a long time, because they all had to be opened by either the FBI or somebody. I couldn’t open letters. I had to be escorted. In fact, just recently I went to a funeral, Calvin Wardlaw, who was the detective — the policeman — with me for two years, passed away just recently. He and I got to be bosom buddies really, but that was the hardest part. I wasn’t able to enjoy — you know.” ~ Hank Aaron
  29. “You can only milk a cow so long, then you’re left holding the pail.” ~ Hank Aaron

  30. “In baseball, there is something electrifying about the big leagues. I had read so much about Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson. I had put those guys on a pedestal. They were something special. I really thought they put their pants on different, rather than one leg at a time.” ~ Hank Aaron
  31. “The way I see it, it’s a great thing to be the man who hit the most home runs, but it’s a greater thing to be the man who did the most with the home runs he hit. So as long as there’s a chance that maybe I can hammer out a little justice now and then, or a little opportunity here and there, I intend to do as I always have — keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron
  32. “I think about how a guy mentally prepared himself to do battle, to go out and face the pitcher. I think so many hitters do not know how to get themselves prepared to play or hit against a pitcher. You have to mentally be prepared to hit against all pitchers.” ~ Hank Aaron
  33. “The first thing baseball wants to do is make you a superstar and then say that you owe baseball something. I don’t owe baseball anything. Baseball owes me.” ~ Hank Aaron

  34. “I used to love to come to the ballpark. Now I hate it. Every day becomes a little tougher because of all this. Writers, tape recorders, microphones, cameras, questions and more questions. Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one. I still have all my hair, but when it’s over, I’m going home to Mobile and fish for a long time.” ~ Hank Aaron
  35. “I played sometimes about as dull as you can play it. I did things the right way, you know. I think I modeled my playing ability after one of the all time greats, Joe DiMaggio. You always found Joe, when he played, you know, he always threw to the right base. He ran, he caught the ball. He did all the right things. He was an idol of mine in the outfield. He played the game the way it was supposed to be played.” ~ Hank Aaron
  36. “I would like people not to think in terms of the 755 home runs I hit but think in terms of what I’ve accomplished off the field and some of the things I stood for.” ~ Hank Aaron
  37. “Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80% of being a successful hitter. The other 20% is just execution.” ~ Hank Aaron

  38. “To this day, whenever I’m in Milwaukee, which is often, I’m reminded that the people there still haven’t gotten over the Braves leaving … If it helps, they should know the players haven’t either.” ~ Hank Aaron
  39. “I’ve tried a lot of things in the off-season, but the only thing I really know is baseball.” ~ Hank Aaron
  40. “Can I smoke now without someone taking my picture?” ~ Hank Aaron
  41. “The thing I like about baseball is that it’s one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it’s your mistake. If you hit a home run, it’s your home run.” ~ Hank Aaron
  42. “I don’t feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.” ~ Hank Aaron
  43. “[My father] didn’t make much money, and I tell a lot of people, you know, I was a vegetarian before people knew what a vegetarian was. That’s all I ate was vegetables.” ~ Hank Aaron

  44. “I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing’s a joke to me. I don’t feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.” ~ Hank Aaron
  45. “I think what separates a superstar from the average ballplayer is that he concentrates just a little bit longer.” ~ Hank Aaron
  46. “On the field, blacks have been able to be supergiants. But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again.” ~ Hank Aaron
  47. “There wasn’t much white people would allow us to do in those days. You could be a schoolteacher or an athlete to get away from the manual labor and servant-type jobs, but there wasn’t much else they were going to allow you [to] do.” ~ Hank Aaron
  48. “Looking at the ball going over the fence isn’t going to help.” ~ Hank Aaron

  49. “The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.” ~ Hank Aaron
  50. “I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me, none of them.” ~ Hank Aaron
  51. “I had just turned 20, and Jackie told me the only way to be successful at anything was to go out and do it. He said baseball was a game you played every day, not once a week.” ~ Hank Aaron
  52. “I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player. But I know when I see him again, I’m going to be ready for his curveball. Failure is a part of success.” ~ Hank Aaron
  53. “Maybe the day will come when I can sit back and be content….But until that day comes, I intend to stay in the batter’s box – I don’t let the big guys push me out of there anymore – and keep hammering away.” ~ Hank Aaron
  54. “There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life.” ~ Hank Aaron

  55. “Baseball needs me because it needs somebody to stir the pot, and I need it because it’s my life. It’s the means I have to make a little difference in the world.” ~ Hank Aaron
  56. “I never thought we’d ever have a black president. President Obama has done such a tremendous job He just has been unable to get what he needs to be moved at the level it should be moved.” ~ Hank Aaron
  57. “You’ve got to remember, the older you get the slower you get. I’ve seen a lot of players get old … if I can have a good season in 1972 and come back with another good one, well, that’s different. I might not quit. But two bad ones back to back and staying home would be written on the wall.” ~ Hank Aaron
  58. “The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.” ~ Hank Aaron
  59. “Whatever we do, make sure we clean up baseball.” ~ Hank Aaron

  60. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country.” ~ Hank Aaron
  61. “I came to the Braves on business, and I intended to see that business was good as long as I could.” ~ Hank Aaron
  62. “Failure is part of success.” ~ Hank Aaron
  63. “I can’t recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth.” ~ Hank Aaron
  64. “You know what the hardest thing is? What nobody wants to understand — is me. People want their memories of me to be my memories of me. But you know what? They’re not.” ~ Hank Aaron
  65. “Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one, I still have all my hair, but when it’s over, I’m going home to Mobile and fish for a long time.” ~ Hank Aaron

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