Babe Ruth Quotes on Baseball and Life

This collection of Babe Ruth quotes is a home run (we think).

Babe Ruth! A name synonymous with baseball. Well, with baseball and the candy industry. I mean really, how many folks have a candy bar named after them? By all accounts, George Herman “Babe” Ruth was a one-of-a-kind baseball. He learned to play the game at an orphanage and quickly became a standout pitcher. Switching to everyday play, he became the star of stars in Major League Baseball by hitting home runs in a fashion not previously seen. He hit 60 round-trippers in one season and 714 in his career.

We’ve assembled our favorite Babe Ruth quotes for you to review below. Enjoy!

The Best Babe Ruth Quotes

I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout.
Babe Ruth

I’d play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump all the time.
(Referring to Wrigley Field)
Babe Ruth

I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco.
Babe Ruth

I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.
Babe Ruth

I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me.
Babe Ruth

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.
Babe Ruth

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.
Babe Ruth

babe ruth quotes imageThe 12 Most Famous Babe Ruth Quotes

  1. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
  2. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.
  3. If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.
  4. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.
  5. Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.
  6. I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.
  7. Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
  8. The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball.
  9. To my sick little pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today.
  10. If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.
  11. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat.
  12. I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.

More from The Great Bambino

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.

All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.

All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.

How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.

Don’t ever forget two things I’m going to tell you. One, don’t believe everything that’s written about you. Two, don’t pick up too many checks.

Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?

If I’d just tried for them dinky singles I could’ve batted around .600.

As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.

Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.

How about a little noise. How do you expect a man to putt?

Famous Babe Ruth Quotes and Sayings imageThe Sultan of Swat Sayings

Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit.

How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball…The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.

Paris ain’t much of a town.

Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.

I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.

As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.

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.

Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it.

I’ll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you, fifty thousand dollars, or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women. They’re too much fun.

The Colossus of Clout Speaks Out

Watch my dust.

I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world – the kids – our national pastime.

You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth – that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.

Babe Ruth Day Speech

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds. Well, it feels just as bad. You know, this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you’re a boy and grow up to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing clubs today in your national pastime. The only real game in the world, I think, is baseball.

As a rule, people think that if you give boys a football or a baseball or something like that, they naturally become athletes right away. But you can’t do that in baseball.  You got to start from way down, at the bottom, when the boys are six or seven years of age. You can’t wait until they’re 14 or 15.   You got to let it grow up with you, if you’re the boy. And if you try hard enough, you’re bound to come out on top, just as these boys here have come to the top now.  There have been so many lovely things said about me today that I’m glad to have had the opportunity to thank everybody.

Quotes About Babe Ruth

To understand him you had to understand this: he wasn’t human.
Joe DiMaggio

No one hit home runs the way Babe did. They were something special. They were like homing pigeons. The ball would leave the bat, pause briefly, suddenly gain its bearings, then take off for the stands.
Dizzy Dean

He was very brave at the plate. You rarely saw him fall away from a pitch. He stayed right in there. No one drove him out.
Casey Stengel

Sometimes I still can’t believe what I saw. This 19-year-old kid, crude, poorly educated, only lightly brushed by the social veneer we call civilization, gradually transformed into the idol of American youth and the symbol of baseball the world over – a man loved by more people and with an intensity of feeling that perhaps has never been equaled before or since.
Harry Hooper

I had a great game against him – I held him to three hits.
Rollie Stiles

I’ve seen them; kids, men, women, worshippers all, hoping to get his name on a torn, dirty piece of paper, or hoping for a grunt of recognition when they said, ‘Hi-ya, Babe.’ He never let them down; not once. He was the greatest crowd pleaser of them all.
Waite Hoyte

We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.
Whitey Herzog

Sandlot Babe Ruth Quote

Smalls, Babe Ruth is the greatest baseball player that ever lived. People say he was less than a god but more than a man. You know, like Hercules or something. That ball you just aced to The Beast is worth, well, more than your whole life.

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