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The Locker | McCarthy’s 10 Commandments

October 29, 2012
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4/16/35 | McCarthy with Boston manager Joe Cronin (AP)

Joe McCarthy managed the Yankees from 1931 to 1946 and was known for the militaristic rules he expected his players to adhere to.  On game days, all players except the starting pitcher for the day’s game were required to show up to breakfast at 8:30am in jackets and ties.  He was also famous for his “Ten Commandments for Success in the Major Leagues”:

  1. Nobody can become a ballplayer by walking after the ball.
  2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
  3. An outfielder who throws after a runner is locking the barn door after the horse is stolen.
  4. Keep your head up, and you may not have to keep it down.
  5. When you start to slide, slide.  He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.
  6. Do not alibi on bad hops.  Anybody can field the good ones.
  7. Always run them out.  You can never tell.
  8. Do no quit.
  9. Do not fight too much with the umpires.  You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you.
  10. A pitcher who hasn’t control, hasn’t anything.

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