The Ellis Review published a photo of Walter P. Chrysler with his local baseball team, the Ellis Nine. Baseball was a sport he loved and would participate in during corporate games. "Hi, my name's Walt!" was the way he introduced himself on the ball field even as a company President.
Walter had a diverse set of hobbies as a young boy all the way to adulthood. In addition to baseball, Walter was also a talented musician, an avid hunter, worldwide traveler, golfer and collector of rare and unique piggy banks and oriental rugs.
"I loved to see the engines with their mysteries exposed. I envied the mechanics who understood their inner workings. I liked to handle tools."âWalter P. Chrysler, "Life of an American Workman"
"If anybody can, I can."âYoung Walter P. Chrysler answering if he could fix the crippled locomotive No. 46 carrying Mormon tithers from Salt Lake City to Denver. The train left on time., "Life of an American Workman"
Walter P. Chrysler's work ethic and dedication to the details was cultivated while learning his Locomobile and on into his time in the auto industry. "Night after night, I worked in the barn until it was time to go to bed, and some nights I did not leave the Locomobile until it was long past my bedtime."âWalter P. Chrysler, "Life of an American Workman"
"In the development of the great modern business corporations as servants of mankind, men have devised a creative force that transcends themselves." âWalter P. Chrysler, "Life of an American Workman"
Walter P. Chrysler believed in knowing, and experiencing every aspect of business and instructed his son, Walter Junior on how to manage the Chrysler Building with sound advice, "Get down in the basement and learn what the other fellows got to do. Go and scrub a few floors. Clean some offices. That way you can begin to see through the glasses of other people as well as your own." âWalter P. Chrysler, "Life of an American Workman"
The primer (sic) lesson of the automobile business was: "Make your product so that all American families can afford to buy it." âWalter P. Chrysler, "Life of an American Workman"
Selling style and building cars with women in mind was pivotal to Chryslerâs success. "What drivers want is: driving convenience and ease that will let a woman drive in comfort for long distances or through heavy traffic."âWalter P. Chrysler, quoted in an interview with the "Saturday Evening Post"
Walter P. Chrysler had an innate sense of what the auto industry would create: "The person who prefers to drive a small car is entitled to every consideration that can be given to him. It is possible to build the qualities of comfort. Roominess, easy riding and long life into a small car."âWalter P. Chrysler, "Automobile Topics," August 11, 1928
Modern technology and design are described by Walter P. Chrysler in a way relevant to today's cars: "What drivers want is: complete, modern equipment built into the car, not hung on as an afterthought." âWalter P. Chrysler, quoted in an interview with the "Saturday Evening Post"