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380 Powerful Baseball Quotes

Baseball is the greatest game ever invented. It’s really difficult to describe how amazing playing baseball is to those who have never laid hands on ball and bat. Looking for the best baseball quotes? You’ve come to the right place. Check out the following list of the most powerful baseball quotes. Feel free to share it with friends. Also, see Comparison of baseball and softball.

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“Playing baseball for pay – a home run. Teaching kids to play the game – priceless.” – Jack Perconte

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“Baseball is like driving; it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.” – Tommy Lasorda

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“The game of Base-Ball, now very generally practiced, is one of the very best of out-door exercises…” – Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman)

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“Really, it’s not harder to train for them because once baseball starts, you play every day almost.” – Bo Jackson

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“I don’t love baseball. I don’t love most of today’s players. I don’t love the owners. I do love, however, the baseball that is in the heads of baseball fans. I love the dreams of glory of 10-year-olds, the reminiscences of 70-year-olds. The greatest baseball arena is in our heads, what we bring to the games, to the telecasts, to reading newspaper reports.” – Stan Isaacs

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“There’s almost nothing worse than spending an entire day anticipating watching a Yankees vs. Red Sox game, only to have the score by 9-0 in the third inning.” – Tucker Elliot

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“A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine: to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.’” – Ted Williams

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“I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.” – Ryne Sandberg

9

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.” – Walt Whitman

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“Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.” – Cal Ripken, Jr

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“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

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“The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know.” – Mickey Mantle

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“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

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“I believe in the Church of Baseball. I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary, and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance.” – Ron Shelton

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“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

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“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

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“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.” – Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939, farewell address

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“In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.” – Ernie Harwell

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“I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day, and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.” – Carl Yastrzemski

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“Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.”

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“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

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“You can’t second guess baseball. You can’t second guess yourself.” – Mariano Rivera

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“Be on time. Bust your butt. Play smart. And have some laugh while you’re at It.” – Whitey Herzog

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“Baseball changes over the years. It gets milder.” – Babe Ruth

25

“Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder – and nothing more.” – Philip Roth

26

“Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off… the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases.” – Rick Maksian

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“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

28

“One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in awhile, you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” – Nolan Ryan

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“I chose baseball because, to me, baseball is the best game of all.” – Dave Winfield

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“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at-bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” – Jimmy Piersall

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“There are only five things you can do in baseball – run, throw, catch, hit, and hit with power.” – Leo Durocher

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“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

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“Baseball is the only major sport that appears backward in a mirror.” – George Carlin

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“Deep down, it’s all baseball, no matter what kind of geometrical shape you play it with.” – Vernon D. Burns

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“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

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“One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in awhile, you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” – Nolan Ryan

37

“When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball..” – Willie Stargell

38

“That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.” – Bill Veeck

39

“My job is to give my team a chance to win.” – Nolan Ryan

40

“Baseball is almost the only neat 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

41

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.” – Sandy Koufax

42

“There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work.” – Charlie Lau

43

“To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” – Willie Stargell

44

“A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.” – Brendan Francis

45

“I love baseball. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids positively. This gives me a chance to talk to some social issues.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

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“That’s one of the great gifts of this, the greatest of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summer never seemed to die and the assault of cynicism hadn’t begun to batter optimism.” – Mike Barnicle

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“Baseball goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance.” – Felicity Luckey

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“If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have ten more.” – Sammy Sosa

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“But baseball, he says, is one activity that can generate suspense and excitement on a national scale, just like war. And baseball can only be played in peace. Hence G.Q.’s thesis that pro-ball-players—little as some of them may want to hear it is just a bunch of unusually well-coordinated guys working hard and artfully to prevent wars, by making peace more interesting.” – David James Duncan

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“Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it’s a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball, everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you, but no one can help you.” – Chad Harbach

51

“The season starts too early and finishes too late, and there are too many games in between.” – Bill Veeck

52

“No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.” – Casey Stengel

53

“If you have the right mental attitude, nothing can stop you from achieving your baseball goals.” – Felicity Luckey

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“Baseball is a universe as large as life itself, and therefore all things in life, whether good or bad, whether tragic or comic, fall within its domain.” – Paul Auster

55

“In cricket, as in no other game, a great master may well go back to the pavilion scoreless… In no other game does the law of averages gets to work so potently, so mysteriously.” – Neville Cardus

56

“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

57

“I stand by my belief that individual performances are the most important part of baseball.” – Earl Weaver

58

“That moment, when you first lay eyes on that field — The Monster, the triangle, the scoreboard, the light tower Big Mac bashed, the left-field grass where Ted (Williams) once roamed — it all defines to me why baseball is such a magical gam.” – Jayson Stark

59

“In baseball, you don’t know anything.” – Yogi Berra

60

“Back in my day, we didn’t think about money as much. We enjoyed playing the game. We loved baseball. I didn’t think about anybody else but the Cardinals.” – Stan Musial

61

“They were both Mets fans, and the hopelessness of that passion had created a bond between them.” – Paul Auster

62

“It’s pitching, hitting, and a defense that wins. Any two can win. All three make you unbeatable.” – Joe Garagiola

63

“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

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“The great thing about baseball is when you’re done, you’ll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989, I’ll tell them I had amnesia.” – Sparky Anderson

65

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

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“It is dangerous to spring to obvious conclusions about baseball or, for that matter, ballplayers. Baseball is not an obvious game.” – Roger Kahn

67

“What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs.” – Harry Caray  [Strikethrough

68

“A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine, to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.” – Ted Willams

69

“Like those special afternoons in summer when you go to Yankee Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon for an eight o’clock game. It’s so big, so empty and so silent that you can almost hear the sounds that aren’t there.” – Ray Miller

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“Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate, trying to hit a home run. I said, ‘Sure, every time.’” – Mickey Mantle

71

“We picked the Red Sox because they lose. If you root for something that loses for 86 years, you’re a pretty good fan. You don’t have to win everything to be a fan of something.” – Jimmy Fallon

72

“Defense, to me, is the key to playing baseball.” – Willie Mays

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“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth

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“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” – Barry Switzer

75

“Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” – Frank Robinson

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“You have to have a lot of little boy in you to play baseball for a living.” – Roy Campanella

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“Sandor Boatly had never guessed that properly played; baseball consisted of mathematics, geometry, art, philosophy, ballet, and carnival, all intertwined like the mystical ribbons of color in a rainbow.” – W.P. Kinsella

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“Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel.” – Roger Simon

79

“Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” – Jackie Robinson

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“Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life being played out on a field – a field of dreams – on diamonds of green, where players pursuing their dreams try to be the best they can be on the grandest stage of all – where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.” – Tom Tatum

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“In the 8th inning, you can’t hear the roar of the 9th, all you can do to hold yourself together and trust.” – Jim Abbott”

82

“A good cigar is like a beautiful chick with a great body who also knows the American League box scores.” – M*A*S*H

83

“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

84

“Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you’re swinging.” – Duke Snider

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“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

86

“It was one at-bat during October 1975 that defined his [Joe Morgan’s] place in baseball history and secured the legacy of the Big Red Machine, all with one swing.” – Tucker Elliot

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“You can talk about teamwork on a baseball team, but I’ll tell you, it takes teamwork when you have 2,900 men stationed on the U.S.S. Alabama in the South Pacific.” – Bob Feller

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“Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.” – Attributed to both Joe Adcock and Curt Simmons

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“Baseball really is a glorified game of throw and catch. And if you don’t have guys who throw it really well, you can’t compete for long.” – Tucker Elliot

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“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

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“With baseball, it’s simple. There’s no mystery to what happens on the field because everything has a label – full count, earned run, perfect game – and there’s a certain amount of comfort in this terminology. There’s no room for confusion.” – Jennifer E. Smith

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“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling bad or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” – Hank Aaron

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“There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.” – Casey Stengel

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“Analyzing baseball yields many numbers of interest and value. Yet far and away – far, far and away- the most critical number in all of baseball is 3: the three outs that define an inning. Until the third out, anything is possible; after it, nothing is.” – Eric Walker

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“The next time someone whines that baseball doesn’t have enough action, you can do two things: first, explain the planning, strategizing, calculating, and deception that place before every pitch. Then quote Hall-of-Fame announcer Red Barber: “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.” – Zack Hample

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“To not look at the data is foolish, but to look at the data as having all the answers is even more foolish. It is a collision of new-school statistics and statisticians against old-school managers, coaches, and instructors. Neither side is right, neither is wrong; there is so much to be gained from listening to both sides.” – Tim Kurkjian

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“There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.” – Casey Stengel

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“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz

99

“This is like deja vu all over again.”

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“Being with a woman all night never hurt any professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.” – Casey Stengel

101

“What we have are good gray ballplayers, playing a good gray game and reading the good gray Wall Street Journal. They have been brainwashed, dry-cleaned, and dehydrated!… Wake up the echoes at the Hall of Fame, and you will find that baseball’s immortals were a loud and raucous group of men who would climb down off their plaques and go rampaging through Cooperstown, taking spoils… Dislike it if you will, but Grover Cleveland Alexander drunk was a better pitcher than Grover Cleveland Alexander sober.” – Bill Veeck

102

“There have been only two geniuses in the world. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare.” – Tallulah Bankhead

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“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth

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“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

105

“Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation.” – Temple Grandin

106

“You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” – Lou Brock

107

“A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team. It makes the most of every crew member’s talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.” – David Ogilvy

108

“Baseball is a good thing. Always was, always will be.” – Stephen King

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“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”

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“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 like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.” – Jim Murray

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“I’ve fallen in love with baseball.” – Nick Jonas

112

“Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything.” – Toby Harrah

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“Positive expectations are important for your baseball success because you tend to get what you expect.” – Felicity Luckey

114

“I won’t be active in the day-to-day operations of the club at all.” – George Steinbrenner, upon buying the Yankees in 1973.

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“I was such a dangerous hitter; I even got intentional walks in batting practice.” – Casey Stengel

116

“Believe in your baseball dreams, and you’re halfway to reaching your baseball goals.” – Felicity Luckey

117

“Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don’t like it when someone’s stuffing it into you by the gallon. That’s what it feels like when you throw Nolan Ryan balls.” – Reggie Jackson

118

“No one loves the numbers more than I do, but numbers don’t measure everything, especially when it comes to evaluating defense. And in the end, I am going to trust Buck Showalter’s eyes more than a set of statistics devised by someone who never played the game.” – Tim Kurkjian

119

“When they knock you down, you not only have to get up, but you have to make it clear that you won’t be knocked down a second time.” – Carl Yastrzemski

120

“Building a baseball team is like building a house. You look for the best architects, the best builders – and then you let them do their jobs.” – Pat Gillick

121

“In baseball, you train the whole body, except for the hip and eyes.” – Rickey Henderson

122

“I bet on the game of baseball, and I bet on my team, even the mistakes I made, I have to take a different look at someone betting against their team… that’s throwing the game.” – Pete Rose

123

“A game of great charm in the adoption of mathematical measurements to the timing of human movements, the exactitudes and adjustments of physical ability to hazardous chance. The speed of the legs, the ability of the body, the grace of the swing, the elusiveness of the slide — these is the features that make Americans everywhere forget the last syllable of a man’s last name or the pigmentation of his skin.” – Branch Rickey

124

“More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.” – Thomas Boswell

125

“Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.” – Joe Garagiola

126

“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 like that.” – Nomar Garciaparra

127

“I do what I’ve trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching. I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher’s mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three.” – Barry Lyga

128

“Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

129

“Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?”

130

“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

131

“I’m the straw that stirs the drink.” – Reggie Jackson

132

“Baseball players with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Felicity Luckey

133

“It never ceases to amaze me how many of baseball’s wounds are self-inflicted.” – Bill Veeck

134

“Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is appreciated.”

135

“When I played ball, I didn’t play for fun. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, the survival of the fittest.” – Ty Cobb

136

“Baseball life is a tough life for the family.” – Nolan Ryan

137

“I don’t rate them; I just hit them.” – Willie Mays

138

“Your job as a baseball player is to come to the park ready to play every day, and the manager, it’s his job to make those decisions about who plays.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

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“Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.” – Joe Garagiola

140

“I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.” – Rogers Hornsby

141

“It was all I lived for, to play baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

142

“A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” – Humphrey Bogart

143

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

144

“You know it’s summertime at Candlestick when the fog rolls in, the wind kicks up, and you see the center fielder slicing open a caribou to survive the ninth inning.” – Bob Scarlette

145

“When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” – Joe DiMaggio

146

“That’s baseball, and it’s my game. Y’ know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave ’em there. You yell like 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

147

“Baseball players have such a bad rap of, like, we don’t work out, or we’re not strong or this or that. Guys work so hard in baseball, it’s incredible. But people don’t know that.” – Bryce Harper

148

“All requests for leave of absence on account of grandmother’s funeral, sore throat, housecleaning, lame back, turning of the ringer, headaches, brainstorm, cousin’s wedding, general ailments or other legitimate excuses must be made out and handed to the boss not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the game.” – Traditional gag notice hung in offices and factories at a time period when all games were played during daylight hours

149

“Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.” – Pat Conroy

150

“Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind, then the manager is a success.” – Sparky Anderson

151

“This is a great thing that’s happening in baseball. We don’t know if it will ever happen again.” – Mark McGwire

152

“To have some idea what it’s like, stand in the outside lane of a motorway, get your mate to drive his car at you at 95 mph, and wait until he’s 12 yards away before you decide which way to jump.” – Geoffrey Boycott

153

“A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.” – Bill Dickey

154

“It was all I lived for, to play baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

155

“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

156

“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

157

“I was born to play baseball.” – Roberto Clemente

158

“Baseball? It’s just a game — as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit, it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business — and sometimes even religion.” – Ernie Harwell

159

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.” – Bob Lemon

160

“Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living.” – Alvin Dark

161

“It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays.” – Yogi Berra

162

“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

163

“Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing.” – Dave Shiflett

164

“Baseball hasn’t forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers’ games, and I haven’t lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.” – Bob Uecker

165

“Worrying about things you can’t control is a waste both on the baseball field and in life.” – Tom Swyers

166

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

167

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

168

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

169

“Why does everybody stand up and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” when they’re already there.” – Larry Anderson

170

“Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.” – Warren Spahn

171

“Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game.” – Jim Jarmusch

172

“The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” – Earl Weaver

173

“It’s a funny kind of month, October. For the really keen cricket fan, it’s when you discover that your wife left you in May.” – Denis Norden

174

“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

175

“If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago.” – Tucker Elliot

176

“To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.” – Steve Holley

177

“Look to the moon when you swing, he instructed. That’s what you want. A ball that disappears into it. One that goes to the moon and past. A moonshot.” – Alessandra Torre

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“Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.” – Joe Torre

179

“There ought to be some other means of reckoning quality in this the best and loveliest of games; the scoreboard is an ass.” – Neville Cardus

180

“I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.” – Tom Clark

181

“Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

182

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra

183

“Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty-year-old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen-year-old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.” – Pete Rose

184

“Nobody deserves to go to the World Series more than the Chicago Cubs. But they can’t go because that would spoil their custom of never going. It is an irreconcilable paradox.” – Bill Bryson

185

“A baseball game is twice as much fun if you’re seeing it on the company’s time.” – William C. Feather

186

“Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension, but football, basketball, and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.” – John Leonard

187

“There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.” – Ted Williams

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“Baseball is an individual game, but it should never be a personal game.” – Pete Rose

189

“Strikeouts are boring — besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. More democratic.” – From the movie Bull Durham

190

“Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it’s about love, integrity, and respect.” – Pat Gillick

191

“I just want to play baseball.” – David Ortiz

192

“Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” – Jackie Robinson

193

“A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours.” – Ray Fitzgerald

194

“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

195

“If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.” – Yogi Berra

196

“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

197

“You never know what’s going to happen… And that’s the fun of it!! That’s what baseball’s all about!.” – Keiichi Arawi

198

“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

199

“Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods.” – A. Bartlett Giamatti, former Commissioner of Baseball

200

“The more you play baseball, the less depends on your athletic ability. It’s a mental war more than anything.” – Alex Rodriguez

201

“The other sports are just sports. Baseball is love.” – Bryant Gumbel

202

“The place was always cold, and I got the feeling that the fans would have enjoyed baseball more if it had been played with a hockey puck.” – Andre Dawson

203

“They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.” – Fred McMane

204

“The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series.” – Tommy Lasorda

205

“Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.” – Richard Gilman

206

“Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty-year-old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen-year-old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.” – Pete Rose

207

“Confucius say: “Baseball wrong — a man with four balls cannot walk..”

208

“The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day – just two out of three.” – Casey Stengel

209

“I see great things in baseball.” – Walt Whitman

210

“I’m going to do my best to help the team play hard and help the team win… I’m just coming to play baseball.” – Asdrubal Cabrera

211

“Baseball is the only sport I know that when you’re on offense, the other team controls the ball.” – Ken Harrelson

212

“Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker’s responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams.” – Roger Kahn

213

“Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” – Juliana Hatfield

214

“The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.” – Derek Jeter

215

“In baseball, you can’t kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why this is the greatest game.” – Earl Weaver

216

“I like to see the difference between good and evil as a kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It’s very thin, it’s made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.” – Harlan Coben

217

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

218

“I don’t know why people like the home run so much. A home run is over as soon as it starts… The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home. It drags on and on. You’re never sure how it’s going to turn out.” – George Foster

219

“Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack.” – Adam Morrow

220

“A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with an insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.” – Arthur Daley

221

“The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up.” – Bob Uecker

222

“Fenway is the essence of baseball.” – Tom Seaver

223

“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

224

“It is the life-affirming genius of baseball that the short can pummel the tall, the rotund can make fools of the sleek, and no matter how far down you find yourself in the bottom of the ninth you can always pull out a miracle.” – Bill Vaughn

225

“Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez

226

“When I was coming up, I just wanted to play baseball, and I’m doing what I love to do most. How can I feel pressure doing what I love to do?” – Miguel Cabrera

227

“You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” – Lou Brock

228

“Always play a game with somebody, never against them. Always win a game, never beat an opponent.” – Andrew Bailey

229

“I’ve always loved baseball. Ever since 6th grade, I was geared to becoming a baseball writer.” – Scott Miller

230

“Baseball is not life. It is a fiction, a metaphor. And a ballplayer is a man who agrees to uphold that metaphor as though lives were at stake.” – David James Duncan

231

“Sandy’s fastball was so fast; some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.” – Jim Murray

232

“Baseball is the only game left for people. To play basketball, you have to be 7 feet 6 inches. To play football, you have to be the same width.” – Bill Veeck

233

“Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.” – Bob Lemon

234

“I don’t care about damn curses. Wake up the damn Bambino and have me face him. Maybe I’ll drill him in the ass, pardon me the word.” – Pedro Martinez, 2001

235

“It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL.” – Herbert H. Paper

236

“When you step into the batter’s box, have nothing on your mind except baseball.” – Pete Rose

237

“We’re the best team in baseball, but not by much.” – Sparky Anderson

238

“A knuckleball is a curveball that doesn’t give a damn.” – Jimmy Cannon

239

“Baseball isn’t a business; it’s more like a disease.” – Walter F. O’Malley

240

“Baseball is more than a game to me; it’s a religion.” – Bill Klem

241

“He hits my changeup. He hits my curveball. He hits my slider. I’ve run out of pitches to throw him. I try to pick the spots where he’s going to hit his home runs.” – Brian Bohannon

242

“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B. Wilcox

243

“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

244

“I do what I’ve trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching. I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher’s mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three.” – Barry Lyga

245

“You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.” – Leo Durocher

246

“No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball.” – Connie Mack

247

“Sometimes, in a tight game with runners on, digging in at short, ready to break with the ball, a peace I’d never felt before would paralyze the diamond. For a moment of eternal stillness, I felt as if I were cocked at the very heart of the Midwest.” – Stuart Dybek

248

“I always dreamed of making it in baseball, but life has moved pretty quickly for me.” – Mike Trout

249

“The thing I like about baseball is that it’s one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it’s your mistake. If you hit a home run, it’s your home run.” – Hank Aaron

250

“Have confidence in your baseball ability, and then be tough enough to follow through until you reach your baseball goals.” – Felicity Luckey

251

“Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.” – Pete Rose

252

“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

253

“Say this much for big league baseball — it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.” – Bruce Catton

254

“Where is it written that if you don’t get results right away, you fire people? What kind of stupid policy is that?” – George Steinbrenner, mocking himself in a skit on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1990

255

“The charm of baseball is that, dull as it may be on the field, it is endlessly fascinating as a rehash.” – Jim Murray

256

“Take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. The home plate doesn’t move.” – Satchel Paige

257

“I didn’t understand anything about playing baseball. I started playing, and it was enjoyable. Most of my life, I played with older people on my team in my league. I learned a lot about life. Every day in my life, I learned something new from somebody.” – Ernie Banks

258

“I don’t care how long you’ve been around; you’ll never see it all.” – Bob Lemon

259

“Baseball fans are junkies, and their heroin is the statistic.” – Robert S. Wieder

260

“Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.”

261

“The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.” – Jackie Robinson

262

“I’ve always wanted to be the best in the world as a baseball player, so when I started to think about opening a business, it was with that mindset.” – Curt Schilling

263

“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

264

“No one goes there nowadays; it’s too crowded.”

265

“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

266

“The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” – Earl Weaver

267

“The ballpark is the star […] Fenway Park works. It works as a symbol of New England’s pride, as a repository of evergreen hopes, as a tabernacle of lost innocence. It works as a place to watch baseball.” – Martin F. Nolan

268

“Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.” – Bob Veale

269

“What are we at the park for except to win? I’d trip my mother. I’d help her up, brusher her off, tell her I’m sorry. But mother doesn’t make it to third.” – Leo Durocher

270

“Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.” – Ernie Harwell

271

“Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.” – Bob Veale

272

“Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.” – Ernie Harwell

273

“Baseball is an island of activity amidst a sea of statistics.”

274

“Though I like the various forms of football in the world, I don’t think they begin to compare with these two great Anglo-Saxon ball games for sophisticated elegance and symbolism. Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes; chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base — in both senses — greed. With football, we are back to the monotonous clashing armor of the brontosaurus.” – John Fowles

275

“What you have to remember is that baseball isn’t a week or a month but a season – and a season is a long time.” – Chuck Tanner

276

“Baseball was different. Schwartz thought of it as Homeric – not a scrum but a series of isolated contests. Batter versus pitcher, fielder versus ball. You couldn’t storm around, snorting and slapping people, the way Schwartz did while playing football. You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready.” – Chad Harbach

277

“Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.” – Pete Rose

278

“You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

279

“In baseball, there’s always the next day.” – Ryne Sandberg

280

“A no-hitter is a freaky thing,’ Tweet said. ‘Most of the greatest pitchers never pitched one. It’s a combination of a lot of little accidents.” – Duane Decker

281

“Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day to day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.” – Ernie Harwell

282

“Fundamentals are the most valuable tools a player can possess. But the ball into the ground. Hit the cutoff man. Take the extra base. Learn the fundamentals.” – Dick Williams

283

“The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game.” – Chuck Tanner

284

“You know, a lot of people say they didn’t want to die until the Red Sox won the World Series. Well, there could be a lot of busy ambulances tomorrow.” – Johnny Damon

285

“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

286

“Don’t forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.” – Woodie Held

287

“There are three things in my life which I love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem — once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.” – Al Gallagher

288

“Being with a woman all night never hurt any professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.” – Casey Stengel

289

“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

290

“England and America should scrap cricket and baseball and come up with a new game that they both can play. Like baseball, for example.” – Robert Benchley

291

“When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.” – Tim McCarver

292

“The great thing about baseball is there’s a crisis every day.” – Gabe Paul

293

“Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection.” – Red Smith

294

“Set your baseball goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Felicity Luckey

295

“Baseball is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with the increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action.” – John Irving

296

“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

297

“This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There’s time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.” – Bill Veeck

298

“Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes.” – Dan Rather

299

“It’s hard to win a pennant, but it’s harder losing one.” – Chuck Tanner

300

“If the fans don’t want to come out to the ballpark, no one can stop ’em.”

301

“I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.” – Bill Veeck

302

“Baseball is also a game of balance.” – Stephen King

303

“It’s the mathematical potential for a single game to last forever, in a suspended world where no clock rules the day, that aligns baseball as much with the dead as the living.” – Bill Vaughn

304

“Man may penetrate the outer reaches of the universe, he may solve the very secret of eternity itself, but for me, the ultimate human experience is to witness the flawless execution of the hit-and-run.” – Branch Rickey

305

“You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” – Joe DiMaggio

306

“Don’t park in the spaces marked, “Reserved for Umpires..” – John McSherry

307

“I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.” – Ty Cobb

308

“They are supposed to be dispassionate dispensers of Pure Justice, icy islands of emotionless calculation. In short, umpires should be acute Republicans.” – George F. Will

309

“Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport.” – Philip Wrigley

310

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” – George F. Will

311

“Hating the New York Yankees is as American as apple pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.” – Mike Royko

312

“The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself: to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled.” – Michael Chabon

313

“If there was magic in this world, it happened within sight of the three bases and home plate. […] Wrigley [stadium]was a field of dreams. Dreams of eternal glory for the men who ran to the outfield, who took their respective bases, and prepared for battle against those who would dare enter their hallowed realm. Dreams for the kids in the stands, all wanting to don a uniform, kiss their mom’s goodbye, and wield their bats as enchanted weapons destined to knock the cover off the ball.” – Tee Morris

314

“Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring.” – Jerry Izenberg

315

“The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” – Earl Weaver

316

“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

317

“Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it after you catch it is a business.” – Tommy Henrich

318

“As I grew up, I knew that as a building (Fenway Park) was on the level of Mount Olympus, the Pyramid at Giza, the nation’s capital, the czar’s Winter Palace, and the Louvre — except, of course, that is better than all those inconsequential places.” – Bart Giamatti

319

“When we played softball, I’d steal second base, feel guilty, and go back.” – Woody Allen

320

“The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.” – Lawrence Ritter

321

“Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing’s ever been as fun as baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

322

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

323

“I don’t know. They had bags over their heads.”

324

“In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it. You hit and get hit. Remember that.” – Alvin Dark

325

“There’s nothing to it. Baseball isn’t that tough to play.” – Red Schoendienst

326

“Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living.” – Phil Linz

327

“The birds are singing happily; The sun is shining warm, The teams are playing snappily, And getting into form.” – “Romeo” Brooks

328

“Baseball is a man maker.” – Al Spalding

329

“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

330

“Pitchers, like poets, are born not made.” – Cy Young

331

“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

332

“My feeling is that when you’re managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot.” – Robin Roberts

333

“Baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra

334

“Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it’s beginning to seem that way. We’re reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan, or you can have a life. Take your pick.” – Thomas Boswell

335

“The woods smell like spring. I know it’s too early, but I’ve reinstalled the Phillies baseball icon on the home page of my phone.” – David J. Beard (1947-2016)

336

“Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” – Leo Durocher

337

“Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.” – Ted Williams

338

“I owe baseball. Baseball doesn’t owe me a damn thing.” – Pete Rose

339

“Baseball is reassuring. It makes me feel as if the world is not going to blow up.” – Sharon Olds

340

“If a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” – Dick Allen

341

“If it weren’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.” – Babe Ruth

342

“You know you’re pitching well when the batters look as bad as you do at the plate.” – Duke Snider

343

“It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.”

344

“Baseball is huge with my people. It figures. It’s the only way we can get to shake a bat at a white man without starting a riot.” – Dick Gregory

345

“Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.” – Robert Frost

346

“I’m helplessly and permanently a Red Sox fan. It was like first love… You never forget. It’s special. It’s the first time I saw a ballpark. I’d thought nothing would ever replace cricket. Wow! Fenway Park at 7 p.m. Oh, just, magic beyond magic: never got over that.” – Simon Schama

347

“I’m a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup every day. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession.” – Brooks Robinson

348

“I know a man who is a diamond cutter. He mows the lawn at Yankee Stadium.”

349

“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron

350

“It giggles at you as it goes by.” – Rick Monday

351

“The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain’s free throws.” – Rick Wise

352

“Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually.” – Curt Schilling

353

“My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.” – Mickey Mantle

354

“A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.” – Bill Dickey

355

“Defense usually doesn’t make many headlines, but it goes a long way towards winning baseball games. There are several ways to make an impact during a game, and playing solid, sound defense is one of them.” – Derek Jeter

356

“In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.” – Ernie Harwell

357

“I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” – Pete Rose

358

“The key step for an infielder is the first one, but before the ball is hit.” – Earl Weaver

359

“In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics, you get shortsighted; if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.” – Tom Seaver

360

“I never said most of the things I said.”

361

“Athletes are born winners, there not born losers, and the sooner you understand this, the faster you can take on a winning attitude and become successful in life.” – Charles R. Sledge, Jr.

362

“A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” – Earl Wilson

363

“I can honestly say it took two full years for me to get over the fact that I was no longer a baseball player.” – Nolan Ryan

364

“Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit the ball squarely.” – Joe Schultz

365

“There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” – Lou Gehrig

366

“Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime, and they’re knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning, and the kids are trying to hit the curveball.” – Pete Hamill

367

“One of the chief duties of the fan is to engage in arguments with the man behind him. This department of the game has been allowed to run down fearfully.” – Robert Benchley

368

“Baseball is a game of inches.” – Branch Rickey

369

“On the baseball diamond, if nowhere else, America was a truly classless society. DiMaggio’s grace embodied the democracy of our dreams.” – David Halberstam

370

“The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.” – Tom Seaver

371

“Little League baseball is a perfect thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” – Yogi Berra

372

“You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of a man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it.” – Roger Kahn

373

“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

374

“Baseball was, is, and always will be to be the best game in the world.” – Babe Ruth

375

“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

376

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

377

“Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the third decimal place of a batting average.” – Mark Kramer

378

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

379

“It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.” – Bill Klem

380

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like 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.” – James Earl Jones

381

“You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and 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

382

“A mystique of history and heritage surrounds the New York Yankees. It’s like the old days revived. We’re loved and hated, but always in larger doses than any other team. We’re the only team in any sport whose name and uniform and insignia are synonymous with their entire sport all over the world…. the Yankees mean baseball to more people than all the other teams combined.” – Paul Blair

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