? Rod Laver, on his contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Strings of World Team Tennis: "They made me an offer I could afford to refuse."
? Dave McNally, Oriole pitcher, to Brooks Robinson after he had made three errors in his first eight games: "You have gone from a human vacuum cleaner to a litterbug."
? Bill Russell, explaining why his father refused to retire and let his sons support him: "He said he'd given his employers 30 of the best years of his life. Now he'd give them a few of the bad ones."
? Tommy John, Dodger pitcher: "When they operated on my arm I asked them to put in a Koufax fastball. They did, but it was a Mrs. Koufax fastball."