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Hank Aaron

Home Run King

I gave baseball everything that I had. That's the way that I did every single night that I played, or every day that I played. When I walked off that field, no matter where it was or when, I could walk in my hotel room and look myself in the mirror and say, "Hey, I gave it everything this afternoon that I had." Sometimes I would go 0 for 4, sometimes I would go 4 for 4. Sometimes I would have two home runs, sometimes I wouldn't have any. But I felt like, it just makes me feel great because of the fact that I didn't abuse what I had, what God gave me. A lot of players, a lot of players I've seen, and I played with a lot of players that abused their ability to play the game. They took for granted that, "Oh, I got this ability to play and I can play it, no matter what." I can almost tell you, if I hit -- I never hit no more than 44 home runs -- but I could tell you, the day after the season is over with, if we sat down in a corner and you said, "Who did you hit these 44 home runs off of?" I could almost tell verbatim who I hit those home runs off of. Yes.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Scoring Champion

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: When I was at UCLA, all of my teammates were serious students -- well, not all of them, but most of them -- and that was because Coach Wooden expected that. He wanted us to graduate. He let us know in the recruiting process that he wanted us to go to class and do well. He was just like a parent, a strict parent. He wanted us to do well. He was not someone that was just there to exploit us as athletes, and I have a lot of respect and undying love for Coach Wooden for that reason. He was not just some cynical opportunist. He really tried to show the love and caring that he had for the people that played sports for him, that was very important.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Scoring Champion

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: I declined the invitation to go to the Olympics because I didn't feel that the Olympic situation was reality. Here we have this whole appearance of racial harmony on the American Olympic team when things weren't that harmonious here. In addition to that, I had a very good summer job that paid me a pretty good salary, and I needed that to tide me over for the school year, and I couldn't do both things. So I figured I had better go with what was going to benefit my life, as opposed to benefiting the Olympic movement, which I saw as very hypocritical.
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Edward Albee

Three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama

Writing should be useful. If it can't instruct people a little bit more about the responsibilities of consciousness, there's no point in doing it. But, we all write because we don't like what we see, and we want people to be better and different. Sure, that's why we do it.
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