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Baseball Quotes

Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.
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Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.
Joe Addock

That rain delay was the most important thing to happen to the Chicago Cubs in the past 100 years. I don’t think there’s any way we win the game without it.
Anthony Rizzo

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

The game is an island of activity amidst a sea of statistics
Author Unknown

Players and Managers

It’s crazy how things happen for a reason — I love when players have meetings; I hate when I do. So they had their meeting, and the big part of it was, We don’t quit. We don’t quit.
Joe Maddon

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

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 (sportscaster for 55 years)

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

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

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Famous Quotations on our National Pastime

Any baseball is beautiful. No other small package comes as close to the ideal design and utility. It is a perfect object for a man’s hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose; it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance — thrown hard and with precision.
Roger Angell

I said before the Series that a sweep wouldn’t do it…It would have to be something epic. And that was epic, wasn’t it?
Tom Ricketts, Cubs Owner 

Let’s play two.
Ernie Banks

Baseball is dull only to dull minds.
Red Barber

Back, back, back, back… Gone!
Chris Berman

The game isn’t over till it’s over.
Yogi Berra

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Yogi Berra

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

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

That’s something that made this organization what it is now. From my position I can see it: the sacrifice the scouts make when they drive the extra miles to get that last look at a player, the minor league coaches putting in extra hours, the big league coaches crushing video, the players working on their weaknesses, picking their teammates up. That’s what makes a great organization. That’s Cub.
Theo Epstein

Baseball Sayings

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

Show me a guy whos afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
Lou Brock

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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

It could be, it might be… It is, A home run!
Harry Caray

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I’ve only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better.
Harry Caray

Hello again, everybody… It’s a bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball.
Harry Caray

My whole philosophy is to broadcast the way a fan would broadcast.
Harry Caray


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Game Quotes

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

All game long I was burning nervous energy. I was a wreck. I thought about all the people in Chicago and how much this meant to them. But after we had that meeting, I knew we were going to win. It was only a matter of how and when.
Anthony Rizzo

When you’ve learned to believe in yourself, there’s no telling how good a player you can be. That’s because you have the mental edge.
Rod Carew

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

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

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

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, a survival of the fittest.
Ty Cobb

They usually show movies on a flight like that.
Ken Coleman

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

The burden has been lifted. It should have never been there in the first place, I don’t think, but now we can move forward.
Joe Maddon, Cubs Manager

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

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

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

Inspirational Quotations

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

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 don’t make it to third.
Leo Durocher

Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
Charlie Finley

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

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

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

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

Notable Baseball Quotes

When I knocked a guy down, there was no second part to the story.
Bob Gibson

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
Bryant Gumbel

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 curve ball.
Pete Hamill

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

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

Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.
Ernie Harwell

Let’s Play Two:  2 quotations from Rogers Hornsby

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

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

To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.
Steve Hovley

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

Awesome Quotations

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 Nolan Ryan’s thrown balls by you.
Reggie Jackson

Well I can’t rightly say (which player hit the ball hardest), but the ones (home runs by) Ruth hit got smaller quicker.
Walter Johnson

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

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

Memorable Sayings

It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.
Umpire Bill Klem

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

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a mans determination.
Tommy Lasorda

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

Major League Quotations

The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends.
Tommy Lasorda

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

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

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

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

I don’t care how long you’ve been around, you’ll never see it all.
Bob Lemon

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

The Mick

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

When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.
Tim McCarver, who caught all of Steve Carlton’s games

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

Interesting Sayings

It actually giggles at you as it goes by.
Rick Monday on Phil Niekro’s knuckleball

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

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

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

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

Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma, cause it’s GRAND SALAMI TIME!
Dave Neihaus

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Satchel Paige Quotes

Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.
Satchel Paige

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
Satchel Paige

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
Satchel Paige

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Satchel Paige

Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.
Satchel Paige

My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat.
Satchel Paige

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.
Satchel Paige

The Game has been very, very good to me

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

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

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

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

Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
Joe Schultz

Great Sayings

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

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

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

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

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Warren Spahn

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill Veeck Words of Wisdom

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

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 (Editor’s pick for one of our favorite baseball quotes)

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

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

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

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True Fan Quotations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pitchers, like poets, are born not made.
Cy Young

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