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  • Strikeouts are boring — besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls. More democratic. - From the movie Bull Durham
  • I've come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen. - Bob Lemon, 1981
  • Poets are baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. - Robert Frost
  • If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off — Bill Veeck 
  • Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets — Yogi Berra 
  • “Baseball is church. Many attend, few understand.” ― Leo Durocher
  • Ninety percent of this game is half mental — Yogi Berra 
  • “You can sum up the game of baseball in one word: ‘You never know’ “—Joaquin Andujar, St Louis Cardinals 
  • “There’s a thin line between genius and insanity, and in Larry’s case it was so thin you could see him drifting back and forth across it”—Brooklyn Dodger Manager Leo Durocher, on team executive Larry MacPhail 
  • You can't think and hit at the same time - Yogi Berra
  • I see great things in baseball. It's our game — the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us. - Walt Whitman
  • If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. - Dave Barry
  • Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem. - Saul Steinberg
  • “I gave (pitcher) Mike Cuellar more chances than I gave my first wife”—Earl Weaver, Baltimore Orioles manager 
  • I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands — Babe Ruth 
  • It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. - A. Bartlett Giamatti, "The Green Fields of the Mind," Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977
  • Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams is the only pitcher in history (with a minimum of 500 innings pitched) to have given up more walks than hits Commenting on their participation in a celebrity baseball game, teammate Andy Van Slyke said, “Patrick Ewing is 7-feet tall, and has a 6-foot strike zone Mitch walked him” 
  • A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more. - Arthur Daley
  • The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid. - Don Drysdale, quoted in New York Times, 9 July 1979
  • When he was just starting out, Jim Leyland told his mom he might be forced to leave the organization because there was no spot for him: “Alex Grammas is third base coach, and Dick Tracewski is first base coach,” he said, “and neither guy is going anywhere” His mom thought a moment, then politely asked, “Who’s the second base coach?” 
  • “On this special Fathers Day, we’d to wish all of you a very Happy Birthday”—New York Mets announcer Ralph Kiner 
  • “Ray. People will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you look around", you'll say, "It's only $20 per person". They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by an army of steamrollers. It has been erased a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh...people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” ― James Earl Jones
  • “Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip” ― Erma Bombeck
  • It ain't football You can't make up no trick plays — Yogi Berra 
  • One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something. Nolan Ryan
  • As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit — and parking as close to the stadium as possible — Bill Vaughan 
  • If a horse can't eat it, I don't want to play on it. - Dick Allen, on artificial turf, 1970
  • Sure I played, did you think I was born age 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys you? — Casey Stengel, to Mickey Mantle 
  • No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined. - Paul Gallico
  • Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. - Ted Williams
  • Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring. - Jerry Izenberg
  • “The Yankees are only interested in one thing, and I have no idea what that is”—Yankee outfielder Luis Polonia 
  • Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster. - Attributed to both Joe Adcock and Curt Simmons
  • You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. - Roy Campanella
  • “It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” ― Hank Aaron
  • With his team behind 11-2 in the late innings, a batter stepped out of box, and carefully studied the 3rd base coach NBC announcer, Tony Kubek, drolly remarked, “He’s getting the ‘hit the ball hard’ sign” 
  • Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off. - Bill Veeck
  • There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem — once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit. - Al Gallagher, 1971
  • We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it — Tony Gwynn 
  • Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? - Jim Bouton, 1988
  • All I remember about my wedding day in 1967 is that the Cubs lost a doubleheader — George F Will 
  • A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz — Humphrey Bogart 
  • “A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” ― Jim Bouton
  • “He’s got power enough to hit home-runs in any park, including Yellowstone”—Manager Sparky Anderson, on Willie Stargell 
  • You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain. - Leo Durocher, in New York Times, 16 May 1965
  • During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball. - Mickey Mantle, 1970
  • A ball player's got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues. - Joe DiMaggio, quoted in New York Times, 30 April 1961
  • I watch a lot of baseball on radio — Gerald Ford 
  • On hearing that Reggie Jackson was reported to have an IQ of 165, Yankee teammate Mickey Rivers snidely replied, “Out of what—a thousand?” 
  • “Athletes are born winners, there not born loosers, and the sooner you understand this, the faster you can take on a winning attitude and become sucessful in life.” ― Charles R. Sledge Jr.
  • People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. - Rogers Hornsby
  • Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha. - "The Villains in Blue," Time magazine, 25 August 1961
  • After Jackie Robinson, the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson — Reggie Jackson 
  • I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice. - Casey Stengel, 1967
  • You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. - Jim Bouton, Ball Four, 1970
  • Beethoven can't really be great because his picture isn't on a bubble gum card — Charles Schulz 
  • If you don't succeed at first, try pitching — Jack Harshman 
  • Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today — Anonymous, St Louis newspaper 
  • Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball. - Norm Cash, on his 1,081 strikeouts
  • A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz. - Humphrey Bogart
  • The Hall of Fame is for baseball people Heaven is for good people — Jim Dwyer 
  • “Boston now knows how Britain felt when it lost India”—Boston Globe sportswriter Ed Linn, on Ted Williams announcing his retirement from the Red Sox 
  • In a lengthy extra-inning game against the ChiSox (June 10, 1992), Angel pitcher Mark Langston was forced to hit He wound up batting twice against Donn Pall, each time with two men on base, and each time striking out badly on a succession of nasty forkballs After the game, Langston was interviewed “I’d never seen a forkball before,” he lamented Added ChiSox announcer Ed Farmer: “He still hasn’t”
  • “Okay you guys, pair up in threes!” ― Yogi Berra
  • A good cigar is a beautiful chick with a great body who also knows the American League box scores. - M*A*S*H, Klinger, "Bug-Out," 1976
  • He looks a greyhound, but he runs a bus — George Brett on third baseman Jamie Quirk 
  • Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs — Tim McCarver 
  • “Any pitcher who deliberately throws at a batter’s head is a Communist”—Alvin Dark, manager, San Francisco Giants 
  • Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time? — Yogi Berra 
  • This exchange occurred between Cleveland Indians broadcaster Herb Score and his radio partner Nev Chandler Chandler: “That base-hit makes Cecil Cooper 19 for 42 against Tribe pitching” Score: “I’m not good at math, but even I know that’s over 500” 
  • Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up. - Bob Lemon
  • When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball." - Willie Stargell, 1981
  • I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball — Pete Rose 
  • There have been only two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare — Tallulah Bankhead 
  • When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back. - Woody Allen
  • You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen. Joe DiMaggio
  • He's the strangest hitter in baseball Figure him out one way and he'll kill you another — Sandy Koufax on Roberto Clemente 
  • I'm convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile. - Tom Clark
  • “I had never been to second base”—Philadelphia Phillies pitcher (1983-1990) Don Carman, after getting only his second major league hit (in approximately 80 career at-bats) and being promptly picked off second base 
  • Baseball is the only sport I know that when you're on offense, the other team controls the ball. - Ken Harrelson, Sports Illustrated, 6 September 1976
  • Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution. Hank Aaron
  • “Last night I failed to mention something that bears repeating”—Seattle Mariner announcer Ron Fairly 
  • “Owen," Henry said excitedly, "I think Coach wants you to hit for Meccini." Owen closed The Voyage of the Beagle, on which he had recently embarked. "Really?" "Runners on first and second," Rick said. "I bet he wants you to bunt." "What's the bunt sign?" "Two tugs on the left earlobe," Henry told him. "But first he has to give the indicator, which is squeeze the belt. But if he goes to his cap with either hand or says your first name, that's the wipe-off, and then you have to wait and see whether--" "Forget it," Owen said. "I'll just bunt.” ― Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding
  • It ain't nothin' till I call it — Bill Klem, umpire 
  • Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball — you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer that. - Nomar Garciaparra
  • “Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.
  • Every hitter s fastballs, just everybody s ice cream. But you don't it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels when Nolan Ryan's thrown balls by you. - Reggie Jackson
  • You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth — Mickey Mantle 
  • Third ain't so bad if nothin' is hit to you — Yogi Berra 
  • “I walk into the clubhouse today and it’s walking into the Mayo Clinic We have four doctors, three therapists and five trainers Back when I broke in, we had one trainer who carried a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and by the 7th inning he’d already drunk it”—Tommy Lasorda 
  • The charm of baseball is that, dull as it may be on the field, it is endlessly fascinating as a rehash. - Jim Murray
  • In 1992, the Phillies acquired Michael Crouwel, a Dutch catching prospect who played on Holland’s national team When asked what he thought about the city of Philadelphia, Crouwel said: “The only thing I know about it is that it’s in New Jersey” 
  • “Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!” ― Babe Ruth
  • I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone The ball just doesn't get there as fast — Eddie Bane 
  • Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror. - George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997
  • Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is, is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps. Willie Mays
  • When Roger Clemens recorded his 3,000th strikeout in 1998, it was noted that his very first victim was Cleveland Indian manager Mike Hargrove At the press conference, Hargrove told him, “I got you off on the right foot, didn’t I?” 
  • Us ballplayers do things backward First we play, then we retire and go to work — Charlie Gehringer 
  • The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up — Bob Uecker 
  • Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated. - Author Unknown
  • Say this much for big league baseball — it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America. - Bruce Catton
  • “No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.” ― Tommy Lasorda
  • Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course — Hank Aaron 
  • That's baseball, and it's my game. Y' know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave 'em there. You yell crazy for your guys. It's good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of 'em. - Humphrey Bogart
  • The majority of American males put themselves to sleep by striking out the batting order of the New York Yankees — James Thurber 
  • I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it. - Rogers Hornsby
  • “It ain't over 'til it's over.” ― Yogi Berra
  • If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it — Dick Allen on artificial turf 
  • “If you know how to cheat, start now”—Baltimore manager Earl Weaver, to pitcher Ross Grimsley on the mound 
  • There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer — Honus Wagner 
  • “Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game or anything else for that matter”—Albert Spalding (1850-1915), professional baseball player, manager, co-founder of Spalding sporting goods
  • When you start the game, they don't say "Work ball!" They say "Play ball!" — Willie Stargell 
  • It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one. - Chuck Tanner
  • “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ― Babe Ruth
  • “[On writing:] "There's a great quote by Julius Irving that went, 'Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel doing them.'" (One On 1, interview with Budd Mishkin; NY1, March 25, 2007.)” ― David Halberstam, Everything They Had: Sports Writing
  • Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them how to say: "God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth has upped Daddy's paycheck by fifteen to forty percent." - Waite Hoyt
  • Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living. - Phil Linz
  • What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game.... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability. - George Bernard Shaw
  • “Don’t call ‘em dogs Dogs are loyal and they run after balls”—1943 St Louis Browns Manager Luke Sewell, responding to a sportswriter who suggested that his team had “played dogs” 
  • A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. - Earl Wilson
  • The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller — Curt Flood 
  • “The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, the days when everything used to sound that. Some people crave baseball...I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon.” ― Frank Zappa
  • Playing baseball for a living is having a license to steal. Pete Rose
  • Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster — Joe Adcock 
  • “People think we make $3 million or $4 million a year They don’t realize that most of us only make $500,000”—Pete Incaviglia, Texas Rangers 
  • Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do? — George Bernard Shaw 
  • With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them. - Art Hill
  • Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa. - Bob Veale, 1966
  • There's no crying in baseball! — Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own 
  • It ain't football. You can't make up no trick plays. - Yogi Berra
  • A man once told me to walk with the Lord I'd rather walk with the bases loaded — Ken Singleton 
  • No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. - Tommy Lasorda
  • “The thing I write will be the thing I write.” ― Steve Shilstone
  • If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base — Dave Barry 
  • Running a ball club is raising kids who fall out of trees — Tom Trebelhorn 
  • I never threw an illegal pitch The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation — Satchel Paige 
  • The baseball mania has run its course It has no future as a professional endeavor — Cincinnati Gazette editorial, 1879 
  • Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out. - Joe Garagiola
  • Never root for a team whose uniforms have elastic stretch waistbands — Susan Sarandon 
  • There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball Unfortunately, neither one of them works — Charlie Lau 
  • I never took the game home with me I always left it in some bar — Bob Lemon 
  • The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan — Whitey Ford 
  • When you're in a slump, it's almost as if you look out at the field and it's one big glove. - Vance Law
  • I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all. - Bob Lemon, 1977
  • Lasorda's standard reply when some new kid would ask directions to the whirlpool was to tell him to stick his foot in the toilet and flush it — Steve Garvey 
  • Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people. - Steve Busby, in Washington Post, 8 July 1974
  • There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens. Tommy Lasorda
  • The designated hitter rule is letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain's free throws. - Rick Wise, 1974
  • It's no coincidence that female interest in the sport of baseball has increased greatly since the ballplayers swapped those wonderful old-time baggy flannel uniforms for leotards. - Mike Royko
  • Slump? I ain't in no slump I just ain't hitting — Yogi Berra 
  • The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays. - Lawrence Ritter
  • You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all. - Earl Weaver
  • “Aw, c’mon, how could he lose the ball in the sun? He’s from Mexico”—Chicago Cub announcer Harry Caray, grousing about outfielder Jorge Orta misplaying a fly ball 
  • “God what an outfield,' he says. 'What a left field.' He looks up at me, and I look down at him. 'This must be heaven,' he says. No. It's Iowa,' I reply automatically. But then I feel the night rubbing softly against my face cherry blossoms; look at the sleeping girl-child in my arms, her small hand curled around one of my fingers; think of the fierce warmth of the woman waiting for me in the house; inhale the fresh-cut grass small that seems locked in the air permanent incense; and listen to the drone of the crowd, as below me Shoelss Joe Jackson tenses, watching the angle of the distant bat for a clue as to where the ball will be hit. I think you're right, Joe,' I say, but softly enough not to disturb his concentration.” ― W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe
  • Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you except in the umpire's eye or on the ball. - Jim Murray
  • “You want proof that baseball players are smarter than football players? How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?”—Jim Bouton 
  • So I'm ugly So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face — Yogi Berra 
  • Sandy's fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound. - Jim Murray, on Sandy Koufax
  • The other teams could make trouble for us if they win — Yogi Berra