Quotes and Sayings about Baseball



"It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."
- Hank Aaron
(Related: Baseball, Golf, Years)

"I wanted to play baseball!"
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Related: Play)

"It's not like learning how to hit a curve ball in baseball."
- Floyd Abrams
(Related: Baseball, Learning)

"Perhaps the truest axiom in baseball is that the toughest thing to do is repeat."
- Walt Alston
(Related: Baseball)

"We're the best team in baseball, but not by much."
- Sparky Anderson
(Related: Baseball)

"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
(Related: Baseball)

"Casey knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven't even caught on to yet."
- Sparky Anderson
(Related: Baseball)

"A baseball manager is a necessary evil."
- Sparky Anderson
(Related: Manager, Baseball, Evil)

"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
(Related: Success, Manager, Baseball, Mind, Right)

"I knew I wasn't a baseball writer. I was scared to death. I really was afraid to talk to players, and I didn't want to go into the press box because I thought I was faking it."
- Roger Angell
(Related: Death, Thought, Baseball, Press, Talk, Want, Writer)

"I've been lucky. I've met a lot of baseball people, and I've learned to value people who talk - people who talk well and in long sentences and even long paragraphs."
- Roger Angell
(Related: People, Baseball, Talk, Value)

"I'd never even been to Wrigley Field. I never even enjoyed baseball that much, but I loved being there, the crowd was lovely, and they all sang with me!"
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Baseball, Being)

"I'm flattered that so many baseball people think I'm a Hall of Famer. But what's hard to believe is how one-hundred and fifty plus people have changed their minds about me since I became eligible, because I haven't had a base hit since then."
- Richie Ashburn
(Related: People, Baseball)

"If I couldn't broadcast baseball games, I think I would make a good impression on people."
- Mackenzie Astin
(Related: People, Impression, Baseball, Games)

"Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics."
- Ernie Banks
(Related: People, Awards, Baseball, Statistics)

"Baseball is dull only to dull minds."
- Red Barber
(Related: Baseball)

"When I was in baseball and you went into the clubhouse, you didn't see ball players with curling irons."
- Red Barber
(Related: Baseball)

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game - and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams."
- Jacques Barzun
(Related: Heart, America, Baseball, First, Mind, Rules, School)

"I've always been like that. I was a tomboy when I was a kid, so I was always playing baseball and basketball and football and stuff as a kid with the boys."
- Catherine Bell
(Related: Baseball, Basketball, Boys, Football)

"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Baseball)

"In baseball, you don't know nothing."
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Baseball, Nothing)

"Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets."
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Baseball, Parents)

"You know, it's a different deal - throwing a football as opposed to throwing a baseball."
- Drew Bledsoe
(Related: Baseball, Football)

"I keep telling myself, don't get cocky. Give your services to the press and the media, be nice to the kids, throw a baseball into the stands once in a while."
- Vida Blue
(Related: Baseball, Kids, Media, Press)

"It's a weird scene. You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking you about Vietnam and race relations."
- Vida Blue
(Related: Men, Baseball, Games, Race, Vietnam)

"In life, so many things are taken for granted, but one thing I can honestly say is that I took every day, enjoyed the game of putting on that uniform and playing the great game of baseball."
- Wade Boggs
(Related: Life, Baseball, Day)

"Looking back on those days and little leaguer, the Hall of Fame is not even a blinking star, but through baseball travels and moving up the ladder, that star begins to flicker."
- Wade Boggs
(Related: Baseball, Fame)

"Humbled by the fact that never in a million years would I ever thought that I would be on the same stage with all these great Hall of Famers and enshrined to the National Baseball Hall of Fame."
- Wade Boggs
(Related: Thought, Baseball, Fact, Fame, Years)

"Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Baseball, Gossip)

"Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Life, Baseball, Care)

"When I finish playing, I think I'd like to coach college baseball."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Baseball, Coach, College)

"Baseball is just my job."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Baseball, Job)

"I was born to hit a baseball. I can hit a baseball."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Baseball)

"I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people. Like if your father played baseball, they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Father, People, Baseball, Expectations, Play, Pressure)

"I don't know what you guys say, but at home, life is way different from baseball."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Life, Home, Baseball)

"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
(Related: Men, Baseball, Football)

"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
(Related: Life, Time, Baseball, End)

"I've only read two books in my life: Baseball Sparkplug and Love Story."
- George Brett
(Related: Love, Baseball, Books)

"I could have played another year, but I would have been playing for the money, and baseball deserves better than that."
- George Brett
(Related: Money, Baseball)

"Boys, baseball is a game where you gotta have fun. You do that by winning."
- Dave Bristol
(Related: Winning, Baseball, Boys, Fun)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Challenge)

"The baseball held was my fantasy of what life offered."
- Lou Brock
(Related: Life, Baseball, Fantasy)

"While I'm playing baseball, I'm still writing songs and having tapes sent to me. I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time in the whirlpool resting these tired bones, so I'll be thinking of music then."
- Garth Brooks
(Related: Music, Time, Baseball, Songs, Thinking, Writing)

"As a kid, before I could play music, I remember baseball being the one thing that could always make me happy."
- Garth Brooks
(Related: Music, Baseball, Being, Play)

"I'd like to think a baseball picture is somewhere in my future."
- Garth Brooks
(Related: Baseball, Future)

"It's such a beautiful sport, with no politics involved, no color, no class. Only as a youngster can you play and as a pro can you win. The game has kept me young, involved and excited and for me to be up here with gems of baseball."
- Jack Buck
(Related: Politics, Baseball, Class, Play)

"These old ballparks are like cathedrals in America. We don't have big old Gothic cathedrals like they do in Europe. But we got baseball parks."
- Jimmy Buffett
(Related: America, Baseball, Europe, Old)

"The perception is that baseball's players' union is protecting players to use steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs."
- Jim Bunning
(Related: Perception, Performance, Baseball, Drugs)

"One night I went over to get some dope from some Hollywood tough guy. After I left, my son Scott, who was only fifteen, went over with a baseball bat to kill him. I was laughing out of one eye and crying out of the other. I thought, Who am I kidding?"
- James Caan
(Related: Son, Thought, Baseball, Eye, Hollywood, Night)

"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
(Related: Love, Baseball, Play, Pressure)

"It's no secret what's going on in baseball. At least half the players are using steroids."
- Ken Caminiti
(Related: Baseball)

"You have to have a lot of little boy in you to play baseball for a living."
- Roy Campanella
(Related: Baseball, Living, Play)

"Now, you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season, where do you think I'll spend it? The ballpark. I still love it. Always have, always will."
- Harry Caray
(Related: Love, Baseball, Day, Now, Will)

"I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life. I look at baseball as a game. It's something where people can go out, enjoy and have fun. Nothing more."
- Harry Caray
(Related: Life, People, Baseball, Fun, Nothing)

"Say this for big league baseball - it is beyond any question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America."
- Bruce Catton
(Related: America, Baseball, Conversation, Question)

"I was planning to be a baseball player until I ran into something called a curveball. And that set me back."
- Ben Chandler
(Related: Baseball, Planning)

"I also developed an interest in sports, and played in informal games at a nearby school yard where the neighborhood children met to play touch football, baseball, basketball and occasionally, ice hockey."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Sports, Baseball, Basketball, Children, Football, Games, Interest, Play, School)

"The student body was huge at UT and you had to mature pretty quick, very quick actually. I enjoyed it and it helped me a lot in my life in general - not only in the classroom but on the baseball field as well."
- Roger Clemens
(Related: Life, Baseball, Body, Classroom, Pretty, Quick)

"Some of my finest memories are from my time at the University of Texas. College baseball, I love it."
- Roger Clemens
(Related: Love, Time, Baseball, College, Memories, University)

"Even though I play a professional sport now, I love college baseball."
- Roger Clemens
(Related: Love, Baseball, College, Now, Play)

"Baseball has been very good to me."
- Roberto Clemente
(Related: Baseball)

"I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player."
- Roberto Clemente
(Related: God, Baseball)

"I was born to play baseball."
- Roberto Clemente
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: Men, Survival, Baseball, Struggle, Tea)

"Baseball was one-hundred percent of my life."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: Life, Baseball)

"I have observed that baseball is not unlike a war, and when you come right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: War, Baseball, Right)

"When I began playing the game, baseball was about as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: Baseball)

"The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that's it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: Love, Money, Baseball, Excitement, Today, Trouble)

"I don't know anything about baseball."
- Sean Connery
(Related: Baseball)

"I am involved in minor league baseball. I go around the country speaking to troubled youths, trying to help them understand that whatever path they choose, they'll need to really pay attention to it."
- Gerry Cooney
(Related: Attention, Baseball, Country, Help, Trying)

"We're just being ourselves and having fun playing baseball. The biggest thing is when people look at our team, they can see that we're having a lot of fun."
- Johnny Damon
(Related: People, Baseball, Being, Fun)

"In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it. You hit and get hit. Remember that."
- Alvin Dark
(Related: Baseball)

"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
(Related: God, Baseball, Chicago, Living, Privilege)

"Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn't, and they ain't eating."
- Dizzy Dean
(Related: People, Baseball, Eating, English, states, Teachers, United, Will)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Day, Job, Mind, Want)

"If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like."
- Phyllis Diller
(Related: Baseball, Kids)

"When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game."
- Joe DiMaggio
(Related: Baseball, Fun)

"Kids are our future, and we hope baseball has given them some idea of what it is to live together and how we can get along, whether you be black or white."
- Larry Doby
(Related: Idea, Hope, Baseball, Future, Kids)

"There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Power, Baseball)

"Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Church, Baseball)

"My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Home, Baseball, Majority, Will)

"The vast majority of people who watch baseball can properly call 95% of all plays that happen on the field. My job is to teach you how to call the other 5%."
- Jim Evans
(Related: People, Baseball, Job, Majority)

"As a youngster, I played in Little League, Pony League, and all sorts of amateur baseball programs growing up."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Baseball, Growing up)

"Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned by Major League Baseball."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Work, Baseball, Schools, Umpire)

"If I had to name the number one asset you could have for any sport I'd say speed. In baseball, all a guy with speed has to do is make contact."
- Ron Fairly
(Related: Baseball, Name)

"There couldn't have been a better Hollywood ending for us. It's beyond baseball. It's rooting for your family."
- Jimmy Fallon
(Related: Family, Baseball, Ending, Hollywood)

"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
(Related: Life, Success, Opportunity, Baseball, Day, Yesterday)

"I don't think baseball owes colored people anything. I don't think colored people owe baseball anything, either."
- Bob Feller
(Related: People, Baseball)

"Nowadays, they have more trouble packing hair dryers than baseball equipment."
- Bob Feller
(Related: Baseball, Hair, Trouble)

"That's what Major League Baseball's steroid scandal was all about, the hidden harm in competitive sports that sends the wrong message to the young."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Sports, Baseball, Harm, Scandal, Wrong)

"It was so difficult for the fans to understand my problems with baseball."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Baseball, Fans, Problems)

"Whatever I contributed to the unique morale of the Cardinals was part of this growth, and so, of course, was my decision to have it out in public with the owners of organized baseball."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Decision, Growth, Baseball, Public)

"The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Baseball)

"Baseball was socially relevant, and so was my rebellion against it."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Baseball, Rebellion)

"Baseball regards us as sheep."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Baseball, Sheep)

"And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Baseball, Lying, Man)

"I watch a lot of baseball on the radio."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Baseball)

"You kind of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always going to be baseball in October."
- Whitey Ford
(Related: Baseball, October)

"When I started to sing, my mother would have me engaged to perform at the Women's Christian Temperance Union national or annual meetings. I would hate doing this because I wanted to play baseball or go off skiing."
- Maureen Forrester
(Related: Women, Mother, Christian, Baseball, Hate, Meetings, Play, Temperance)

"We used to play baseball back in that field and keep an eye out for the bulls."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Baseball, Eye, Play)

"I like contemporary American literature and I like biographies and I like jazz and I like baseball and I like writers who write about the human condition and sci-fi is just something that I happened into."
- Jonathan Frakes
(Related: American, Baseball, Jazz, Literature, Writers)

"Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Baseball, Moments, Poets)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Cause, Crime, Effect, Motive, Punishment, Result, World)

"Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray."
- Joe Garagiola
(Related: Home, Baseball, First, Race, Rules)

"I went through baseball as "a player to be named later.""
- Joe Garagiola
(Related: Baseball)

"Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast."
- Joe Garagiola
(Related: Baseball, Drama)

"I know a baseball star who wouldn't report the theft of his wife's credit cards because the thief spends less than she does."
- Joe Garagiola
(Related: Wife, Baseball, Cards, Credit, Theft)

"I love the game of baseball."
- Nomar Garciaparra
(Related: Love, Baseball)

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."
- Lou Gehrig
(Related: Baseball, Discrimination)

"I wanted to be a professional baseball player."
- Balthazar Getty
(Related: Baseball)

"I wasn't ever good enough to be on the baseball team and that sort of stuff."
- Balthazar Getty
(Related: Baseball)

"On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way."
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Related: Baseball, Decency, Race)

"There are a lot of people who know me who can't understand for the life of them why I would got to work on something as unserious as baseball. If they only knew."
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Related: Life, Work, People, Baseball)

"There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball."
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Related: Baseball, Nothing)

"The real beauty of it - key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo. For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons. Real gift to give to me and put it in writing."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Beauty, Dad, Life, Mom, Ballet, Baseball, Golf, Key, May, Writing)

"The best example of how impossible it will be for Major League Baseball to crack down on steroids is the fact that baseball and the media are still talking about the problem as "steroids.""
- Malcolm Gladwell
(Related: Baseball, Example, Fact, Media, Talking, Will)

"Baseball hasn't been the national pastime for many years now - no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television."
- Bob Greene
(Related: Baseball, Now, Television, Years)

"I think baseball - the baseball genre - is this mitt, to use a double pun there, to catch a whole bunch of themes."
- Rachel Griffiths
(Related: Baseball)

"Why is it there are so many nice guys interested in baseball? Not me, I was a real bastard when I played."
- Burleigh Grimes
(Related: Baseball)

"I'm going through a divorce now. This is the second one, and like baseball, I'm not gonna get three strikes. I've been living by myself for five years and I'm very comfortable. I can play my guitar when I want to."
- Buddy Guy
(Related: Baseball, Divorce, Guitar, Living, Now, Play, Want, Years)

"I started skating and I kind of liked it because I could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball."
- Scott Hamilton
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"In baseball you hit your home run over the right-field fence, the left-field fence, the center-field fence. Nobody cares. In golf everything has got to be right over second base."
- Ken Harrelson
(Related: Home, Baseball, Golf, Right)

"If I walked back into the booth in the year 2025, I don't think it would have changed much. I think baseball would be played and managed pretty much the same as it is today. It's a great survivor."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Baseball, Pretty, Today)

"Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Business, Religion, American, Baseball, Spirit)

"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
(Related: Life, Baseball, Day, Existence)

"Also I'm a part of the people that I've worked with in baseball that have been so great to me, Mr. Earl Mann of Atlanta, who gave me my first baseball broadcasting job."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: People, Baseball, First, Job)

"A tall, thin old man waving a scorecard from the corner of his dugout. That's baseball."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Baseball, Man, Old)

"Baseball is more than a game. It's like life played out on a field."
- Juliana Hatfield
(Related: Life, Baseball)

"Cyclists, I work with a number of cyclists. They are great athletes; they are great aerobic athletes. If you ask them to hit a baseball or golf ball, they can't do that."
- Eric Heiden
(Related: Work, Athletes, Baseball, Golf)

"If my uniform doesn't get dirty, I haven't done anything in the baseball game."
- Rickey Henderson
(Related: Baseball)

"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."
- George Herman
(Related: Baseball, Boys, Play, Today, Youth)

"The only real game - I think - in the world is baseball."
- George Herman
(Related: Baseball, World)

"No, I've never played baseball in my life."
- Jay Hernandez
(Related: Life, Baseball)

"Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it."
- Whitey Herzog
(Related: Baseball, Play, Trying)

"Baseball is all about pitching, and we know we have to improve our pitching."
- Tom Hicks
(Related: Baseball)

"Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders."
- Martina Hingis
(Related: Baseball, Now, Right, Tennis)

"I want to play music when I want, write a song if I want or watch a baseball game if I want."
- John Lee Hooker
(Related: Music, Baseball, Play, Song, Want)

"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
(Related: People, Baseball, Spring, Winter)

"Baseball has all the money."
- Brett Hull
(Related: Money, Baseball)

"I love being an older comic now. It's like being an old soccer or an old baseball player. You're in the Hall of Fame and it's nice, but you're no longer that person in the limelight on the spot doing that thing."
- Eric Idle
(Related: Love, Baseball, Being, Fame, Now, Old, Soccer)

"Really, it's not harder to train for them because once baseball starts you play everyday almost."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"In baseball, I was a pitcher, which I hated because there was no action there."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Action, Baseball)

"I was always active - I went from baseball to football. I didn't have time to work out."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Time, Work, Baseball, Football)

"So you have to be more mentally focused in baseball."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Baseball)

"So, baseball is probably more physical of the two mentally."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Baseball)

"Whenever I wasn't watching the planes, I was playing community baseball, football, or something like that."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Baseball, Community, Football)

"I have been a fan all my life, but now I have been out of football for over 10 years, and out of baseball for a little over six years and I don't go to games."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Life, Baseball, Football, Games, Now, Years)

"I also tell them that your education can take you way farther than a football, baseball, track, or basketball will - that's just the bottom line."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Education, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Will)

"I'm human and I've played my butt off for ten years. I'm not a loafer, I'm not a jerk, I'm a baseball player."
- Reggie Jackson
(Related: Baseball, Years)

"A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that."
- Reggie Jackson
(Related: Baseball, Repetition)

"After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that."
- Reggie Jackson
(Related: History, Baseball)

"I am the best in baseball."
- Reggie Jackson
(Related: Baseball)

"God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise."
- Shoeless Joe Jackson
(Related: God, Baseball, Earth, Man)

"Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No, probably not. But we have them for a reason - because some people like them. It's the same with baseball statistics."
- Bill James
(Related: People, Baseball, Reason, Statistics)

"I do have a family, and obviously I spend as much time as I can with them. Though even when I'm with my family, my mind tends to drift toward baseball."
- Bill James
(Related: Time, Family, Baseball, Mind)

"Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Baseball, Games, Zen)

"I don't like American football. I think it's boring and ridiculous and predictable. But baseball is very beautiful. It's played on a diamond."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: American, Baseball, Football)

"I would love to see as many of the black players as possible in today's Major League Baseball make every effort to go to the Negro Leagues Museum and get a first-hand view of how it all started."
- Ferguson Jenkins
(Related: Love, Baseball, Effort, First, Today)

"If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose."
- Derek Jeter
(Related: Baseball, Games, Hate, Jeopardy, Play)

"John Henry Lloyd is the man I gave the credit to for polishing my skills. He taught me how to play third base and how to protect myself. John taught me more baseball than anyone else."
- Judy Johnson
(Related: Baseball, Credit, Man, Play)

"I had a great time with baseball growing up. I was lucky to grow up with it and to learn."
- Nick Johnson
(Related: Time, Baseball, Growing up)

"It's very warm there, so we were outdoors all the time. The local people had programs for us year-round, where as kids we had the opportunity to play football, basketball, baseball, track and field - we just went from one sport to the next, year-round."
- Rafer Johnson
(Related: Time, People, Opportunity, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Kids, Play)

"I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press."
- Roger Kahn
(Related: Baseball, Lying, Man, Press)

"Cuba wants to get rid of a dictator, and baseball needs a dictator."
- Bob Kerrey
(Related: Baseball, Needs)

"Anything that harms the integrity of the game is terrible. We always thought we were immune to drugs in baseball, but we know that's not true anymore."
- Harmon Killebrew
(Related: Thought, Baseball, Drugs, Integrity)

"It's very disappointing... Anything that harms the integrity of the game is terrible. We always thought we were immune to drugs in baseball, but we know that's not true anymore."
- Harmon Killebrew
(Related: Thought, Baseball, Drugs, Integrity)

"I think one of the most difficult things for anyone who's played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe the players today are playing just as well as ever."
- Ralph Kiner
(Related: Baseball, Fact, Today)

"Baseball is more than a game to me, it's a religion."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Religion, Baseball)

"People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball."
- Sandy Koufax
(Related: People, Baseball, Being, Spring, Training)

"I've got a lot of years to live after baseball and I would like to live them with the complete use of my body."
- Sandy Koufax
(Related: Baseball, Body, Years)

"When I was growing up, there weren't any Little Leagues in the city. Parents worked all the time. They didn't have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Time, Baseball, Football, Growing up, Kids, Parents, Play)

"The first books I was interested in were all about baseball. But I can't think of one single book that changed my life in any way."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Life, Baseball, Books, First)

"Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts."
- Tommy Lasorda
(Related: Home, Baseball, Driving)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Wonder)

"Kids don't learn the fundamentals of baseball at the games anymore."
- Bill Lee
(Related: Baseball, Games, Kids)

"I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. Baseball is the belly-button of our society. Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world."
- Bill Lee
(Related: Change, Society, Policy, Baseball, Beer, Rest, World)

"That was real baseball. We weren't playing for money. They gave us Mickey Mouse watches that ran backwards."
- Bill Lee
(Related: Money, Baseball, Mouse)

"Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up."
- Bob Lemon
(Related: Baseball, Kids)

"Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns."
- John Leonard
(Related: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Machine, Tension)

"People who think they know what they are talking about when they talk about baseball include the announcers and all of the sports press - no matter how much evidence you present them to the contrary they will continue to think that what they think is right."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: Sports, People, Baseball, Present, Press, Right, Talk, Talking, Will)

"The Oakland clubhouse is a wonderful place. A lot of these guys feel like rejects. They were rejects and they feel - they can tell you how baseball screwed up."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: Baseball)

"The Red Sox are the local scapegoats. It's hard enough to play baseball without being the local scapegoat too."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: Baseball, Being, Play)

"The sentimentality of baseball is very deeply rooted in the American baseball fan. It is the one sport that is transmitted from fathers to sons."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: American, Baseball, Fathers, Sentimentality, Sons)

"There are several insights at the heart of the A's system that I think are wonderful for baseball. One, that it's a team game. That no one player is going to make that much of a difference to your team, so for god's sake don't go blow a quarter of your budget on one guy."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: God, Heart, Baseball, Difference)

"Baseball is this intense subculture that actually doesn't speak very much for the larger culture."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: Baseball, Culture)

"As a kid I was fascinated with sports, and I loved sports more than anything else. The first books I read were about sports, like books about Baseball Joe, as one baseball hero was called."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Sports, Baseball, Books, First)

"The hardest thing to believe about The Fan is not that Robert De Niro is stalking somebody again but that anyone cares that much about a baseball player."
- Bernie Lincicome
(Related: Baseball)

"What I'd really like to give a try is cricket, because I grew up playing American baseball."
- Jeremy London
(Related: American, Baseball, Cricket)

"I wasn't athletic. I played baseball, but I was terrible."
- Matt Long
(Related: Baseball)

"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
(Related: Business, Life, Love, Baseball, Man, Old, Theater)

"No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball."
- Connie Mack
(Related: Baseball, Talk)

"Humanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together. When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles. This is as true of baseball teams as any other pursuit in life."
- Connie Mack
(Related: Life, Men, Baseball, Humanity, Nations, Pursuit)

"Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species."
- Melvin Maddocks
(Related: Baseball, Dogs, Environment)

"Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously."
- Sydney Madwed
(Related: Baseball, Words)

"I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Father, Truth, Baseball, Football)

"Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Life, Baseball, Fun, Nothing)

"The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It's the only thing I know."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"As far as I'm concerned, Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Baseball, Credit, Years)

"It was all I lived for, to play baseball."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Army, Baseball, Fight, Play, Want)

"Every day I went to the ballpark in Yankee Stadium as well as on the road people were on my back. The last six years in the American League were mental hell for me. I was drained of all my desire to play baseball."
- Roger Maris
(Related: People, American, Baseball, Day, Desire, Hell, Play, Road, Yankee, Years)

"I live in L.A., so I go to basketball games. But I love baseball."
- Penny Marshall
(Related: Love, Baseball, Basketball, Games)

"What I miss when I'm away is the pride in baseball. Especially the pride of being on a team that wins."
- Billy Martin
(Related: Baseball, Being, Pride)

"I really love the togetherness in baseball. That's a real true love."
- Billy Martin
(Related: Love, Baseball)

"I just try to do what I have to do and let the people out there do what they have to do, which is have fun, scream, yell and jump around. I try to do what I have to do, which is play baseball, and I can only play in that piece of area there, so that's what I try to do."
- Pedro Martinez
(Related: People, Baseball, Fun, Play)

"If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work."
- Christy Mathewson
(Related: Work, Heart, Acting, Actors, Baseball, Doubt, Nothing, Sun, Talk)

"Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile."
- Christy Mathewson
(Related: Baseball, Evil, Fans, Luxury, Umpire)

"Baseball and malaria keep coming back."
- Gene Mauch
(Related: Baseball)

"I was a baseball player, I taught baseball, and all of a sudden I was in the business world. Now I used the baseball world to talk about their product. Not too much, just enough to keep going. Just be yourself and you'll never have a problem. That's what I did."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Business, Baseball, Now, Talk, World)

"That's how easy baseball was for me. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I had the knowledge before I became a professional baseball player to do all these things and know what each guy would hit."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Knowledge, Baseball, Trying)

"The greatest challenge I think is adjusting to not playing baseball. The reason for that is I had to come out of baseball and come into the business world, not being a college graduate, not being educated to come into the business world the way I should have."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Business, Baseball, Being, Challenge, College, Reason, World)

"I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game."
- Willie Mays
(Related: People, Baseball, Help, Problems, Years)

"Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Business, Baseball, Violence)

"Defense to me is the key to playing baseball."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Baseball, Defense, Key)

"I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Baseball)

"And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Money, Time, Father, Baseball, Basketball, College)

"It really came down to deciding between baseball and soccer. Soccer won out because I enjoyed it more."
- Brian McBride
(Related: Baseball, Soccer)

"I think that's why I like baseball. There's something great about it - you're young, the pitcher's young and he's got this great arm, and he doesn't really realize anything about strategy."
- Bruce McCulloch
(Related: Strategy, Baseball)

"There is but one game and that game is baseball."
- John McGraw
(Related: Baseball)

"Kids should practice autographing baseballs. This is a skill that's often overlooked in Little League."
- Tug McGraw
(Related: Kids, Practice, Skill)

"Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become."
- Mary McGrory
(Related: Baseball, Football)

"This is a great thing that's happening in baseball. We don't know if it will ever happen again."
- Mark McGwire
(Related: Baseball, Will)

"I think it puts baseball back on the map as a sport. It's America's pastime and just look at everyone coming out to the ballpark. It has been an exciting year."
- Mark McGwire
(Related: America, Baseball)

"I know it's tough. Everybody in baseball knows its tough. I'm just going to give it my best shot."
- Mark McGwire
(Related: Baseball)

"Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Baseball, English, Opera)

"I always thought that it was kind of silly that a baseball card could be worth so much money."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Money, Thought, Baseball, Silly, Worth)

"It was the baseball fantasy of a lifetime - to be able to sit on the bench with all those professional athletes. I got to take my son along because I wasn't sure I would be able to play with them."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Son, Athletes, Baseball, Fantasy, Play)

"Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players?"
- Jay Mohr
(Related: Baseball, Coaches, Dress, Managers)

"I wonder why there is a designated hitter in baseball after all these years? As an experiment, it seemed like a swell enough idea, but you would think the novelty would have worn off by now and everyone would get back to playing baseball."
- Jay Mohr
(Related: Idea, Baseball, Novelty, Now, Wonder, Years)

"Tell me the truth - do you think I've lost my Southern accent? I feel it comes back to me only when I'm shouting at fights or at baseball games."
- Cleo Moore
(Related: Truth, Baseball, Games)

"Baseball player. Yeah, that was my dream before acting, or alongside acting."
- Shemar Moore
(Related: Dream, Acting, Baseball)

"Baseball was the darling of all sports back then."
- Marion Motley
(Related: Sports, Baseball)

"I'm proud to be here as a man that has played first base more than anybody in the game of baseball."
- Eddie Murray
(Related: Baseball, First, Man)

"For me, baseball is about, again, the team winning."
- Eddie Murray
(Related: Winning, Baseball)

"Baseball is a team game."
- Eddie Murray
(Related: Baseball)

"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."
- James Patrick Murray
(Related: Legal, Baseball, Eye, Illusion, Umpire)

"And of course in America you've got American football and baseball and all those other ball games, soccer has become a little niche that the women have kind of filled."
- Parminder Nagra
(Related: Women, America, American, Baseball, Football, Games, Soccer)

"People in the U.S. like good baseball, whether you're on the home team or not."
- Hideo Nomo
(Related: Home, People, Baseball)

"President Bush left for Canada today to attend a trade summit. Reportedly, the trade summit got off to an awkward start when the president pulled out his baseball cards."
- Conan O'Brien
(Related: Baseball, Canada, Cards, President, Today, Trade)

"The worst drivers are women in people carriers, men in white vans and anyone in a baseball cap. That's just about everyone."
- Paul O'Grady
(Related: Men, Women, People, Baseball)

"My baseball career was a long, long initiation into a single secret: At the heart of all things is love."
- Sadaharu Oh
(Related: Love, Heart, Baseball, Career)

"Baseball needs to put the steroids era behind it by having and enforcing tough rules against all kinds of artificial advantages, so that spring can return."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: Baseball, Needs, Rules, Spring)

"The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal."
- Satchel Paige
(Related: Change, Baseball, Class)

"I ain't ever had a job, I just always played baseball."
- Satchel Paige
(Related: Baseball, Job)

"Baseball gets better for whatever reason."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: Baseball, Reason)

"I wish that they had the freedoms like the Japanese and the Koreans and the Mexicans and everybody else that has that freedom to come over here and play the game, because I know Cuba has a very strong baseball history."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: History, Baseball, Freedom, Play)

"I love baseball, and the door remains open."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: Love, Baseball, Open)

"You know that everyone thinks that in order to do South Park we must be wild, crazy, rock and roll stars. But the truth is we're just wholesome middle-American guys. We enjoy soda pop, baseball and beating up old people just as much as anybody."
- Trey Parker
(Related: Truth, People, Baseball, Old, Order, Stars)

"The great thing about baseball is there's a crisis every day."
- Gabe Paul
(Related: Baseball, Crisis, Day)

"Baseball was a dream I gathered more splinters than hits."
- Frank Perdue
(Related: Dream, Baseball)

"The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round."
- Gaylord Perry
(Related: Baseball, Trouble)

"Going back down to the minors is the toughest thing to handle in baseball."
- Gaylord Perry
(Related: Baseball)

"I have gone from a player who thought he would spend his whole career with one organization to a player who's been with three organizations in a week. It's like rotisserie baseball."
- Mike Piazza
(Related: Thought, Baseball, Career)

"You can't get real happy or real depressed when you play baseball. Baseball is a great sport in that it offers a player a lot of opportunities for atonement."
- Mike Piazza
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"It's very simple. We are asking baseball to come clean and set the record straight. Either baseball officials seriously want to rid their sport of doping, or they want to brush the issue under the carpet. So far, we haven't seen much evidence of the former."
- Richard Pound
(Related: Baseball, Want)

"Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom's apple pie."
- Harry Reasoner
(Related: Mom, Baseball, Statistics)

"Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played - skiing, baseball, fishing - there is no greater example than golf, because you're playing against yourself and nature."
- Robert Redford
(Related: Nature, Sports, Life, Baseball, Example, Fishing, Golf, Metaphor)

"Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs."
- Ishmael Reed
(Related: Life, Baseball, Chicago, states, United)

"If you rush in and out of the clubhouse, you rush in and out of baseball."
- Pee Wee Reese
(Related: Baseball)

"I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn't really there yet."
- Claudio Reyna
(Related: Sports, America, Baseball, Basketball, Culture, Football, Soccer)

"Only in baseball can a team player be a pure individualist first and a team player second, within the rules and spirit of the game."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Baseball, First, Rules, Spirit)

"Baseball is a game of inches."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Baseball)

"Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Change, People, Ideas, Baseball, Numbers, Years)

"Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Sports, Truth, Baseball, Prejudice)

"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
(Related: People, Baseball, Feeling, Play, Right)

"I'll play out the string and leave baseball without a tear. A man can't play games his whole life."
- Brooks Robinson
(Related: Life, Baseball, Games, Man, Play)

"Whether you want to or not, you do serve as a role model. People will always put more faith in baseball players than anyone else."
- Brooks Robinson
(Related: Faith, People, Baseball, Want, Will)

"I'm a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup everyday. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession."
- Brooks Robinson
(Related: Baseball, Name, Obsession, Passion)

"Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades."
- Frank Robinson
(Related: Baseball)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Losing, Poker)

"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
(Related: Baseball)

"Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal."
- Pete Rose
(Related: Baseball, Living)

"Never bet on baseball."
- Pete Rose
(Related: Baseball)

"I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball."
- Pete Rose
(Related: Baseball, Hell, Play)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Body, Doctors, Old, Play)

"I wasn't really serious about acting - I was serious about baseball."
- Kurt Russell
(Related: Acting, Baseball)

"You know that a given in life in human nature, is that at a sporting event, a baseball game, a football game, you never introduce a politician, is because he'll be booed. I don't care if he's the most beloved person in the world, its part of the game."
- Mark Russell
(Related: Life, Nature, Baseball, Care, Football, Human nature, World)

"If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery."
- Babe Ruth
(Related: Baseball)

"Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world."
- Babe Ruth
(Related: Baseball, Will, World)

"Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder."
- Babe Ruth
(Related: Baseball, Years)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Fact, Years)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Want)

"I had the pleasure, as Robin said, to live a childhood dream as many young Americans and Puerto Rican children live that play youth baseball. And I feel honored and very thankful for that opportunity."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Dream, Opportunity, Americans, Baseball, Childhood, Children, Play, Pleasure, Youth)

"I always thought that there was going to be life after baseball, and so I designed that in my life I would have other interests after baseball that I would be able to step into. And I didn't realize the grip that baseball had on me and on my family."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Family, Life, Thought, Baseball)

"And when I retired, trust me, not only did Nolan Ryan, but the entire Ryan family had withdrawals from baseball. And it was tough."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Family, Trust, Baseball)

"Baseball life is a tough life on the family."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Family, Life, Baseball)

"For my children, they spent 15 to 20 years of their life in baseball. And Ruth and I spent so many years of our married life that that was our life. We knew nothing else."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Life, Baseball, Children, Nothing, Years)

"Baseball wasn't easy for me."
- Ryne Sandberg
(Related: Baseball)

"In baseball, there's always the next day."
- Ryne Sandberg
(Related: Baseball, Day)

"No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more, or did it better than Andre Dawson. He's the best I've ever seen."
- Ryne Sandberg
(Related: History, Baseball)

"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
(Related: Love, Baseball, Play)

"Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate."
- Susan Sarandon
(Related: Love, Baseball, Relax)

"If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black."
- Mike Schmidt
(Related: Time, Baseball, Effort)

"I really love baseball. The guys and the game, and I love the challenge of describing things. The only thing I hate - and I know you have to be realistic and pay the bills in this life - is the loneliness on the road."
- Vin Scully
(Related: Life, Love, Baseball, Challenge, Hate, Loneliness, Road)

"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
(Related: Consistency, Baseball, End, Numbers, Statistics, Theory, Will, Worry)

"The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball."
- Tom Seaver
(Related: Baseball)

"Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people."
- Bud Selig
(Related: People, America, Baseball, Influence, Stars, Youth)

"Major League Baseball is a national institution and we take our responsibilities seriously when it comes to how the game affects the lives of American youth."
- Bud Selig
(Related: American, Baseball, Youth)

"Sadly, this problem of steroid use is not isolated to baseball."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Baseball)

"Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Americans, Baseball)

"Despite reforms in steroid control, serious problems still occur in and out of baseball."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Control, Baseball, Problems)

"Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Baseball, Being, Cricket)

"I never ride just to ride. I ride to catch a fox. I play baseball to make the team."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"I always get very calm with baseball."
- Paul Simon
(Related: Baseball)

"Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over. Wars don't run on a clock like football. No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic that this had to be explained to them."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: Baseball, Football)

"Baseball is a man maker."
- Al Spalding
(Related: Baseball, Man)

"Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter."
- Al Spalding
(Related: American, Baseball)

"Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance."
- Al Spalding
(Related: Baseball, Self, Self reliance)

"The genius of our institutions is democratic - baseball is a democratic game."
- Al Spalding
(Related: Genius, Baseball)

"Luck is the great stabilizer in baseball."
- Tris Speaker
(Related: Baseball, Luck)

"If you put a baseball and other toys in front of a baby, he'll pick up a baseball in preference to the others."
- Tris Speaker
(Related: Baby, Baseball)

"If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes."
- Mickey Spillane
(Related: Knowledge, Baseball, Voice, Writer)

"To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Life, Baseball, Reflection)

"I found myself in a race with Mother Nature to play as much baseball as I could before she forced me to stop."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Nature, Mother, Baseball, Play, Race)

"Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Money, Dream, Baseball, Opinion)

"Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: God, Baseball)

"People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can't think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Life, People, Baseball, Future)

"My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Baseball, First, Job, Retirement)

"Well, my favorite sport as a kid was clearly baseball."
- Leigh Steinberg
(Related: Baseball, Favorite)

"Is it in the best interest of baseball to sell beer in the ninth inning? Probably not. The rule has got to be more clearly defined. And then some process should be set up where the judge is not also the appeals judge."
- George Steinbrenner
(Related: Baseball, Beer, Interest)

"You shouldn't have any betting in the locker room at all, whether it's baseball or it's horses. You can't beat the horses. You can't beat any kind of gambling because they have the odds."
- George Steinbrenner
(Related: Baseball, Gambling, Horses)

"I am dead set against free agency. It can ruin baseball."
- George Steinbrenner
(Related: Baseball, Ruin)

"If you're playing baseball and thinking about managing, you're crazy. You'd be better off thinking about being an owner."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Baseball, Being, Thinking)

"Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Baseball, Being, Hurt, Night, Woman)

"No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Baseball, Worth)

"Now there's three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Baseball, Now, Rain)

"There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Baseball, Rain)

"I am a hero worshiper. I love the number one tennis player. I love the number one baseball player. I want to see those records broken."
- Martha Stewart
(Related: Love, Baseball, Tennis, Want)

"I heard that in the United States the level of baseball was the highest in the world. So it was only natural that I would want to go there, as a baseball player."
- Ichiro Suzuki
(Related: Baseball, states, United, Want, World)

"The more that Japanese players go to the big leagues to play and succeed, the more that will serve to inspire young kids in Japan to want to become baseball players when they grow up."
- Ichiro Suzuki
(Related: Baseball, Kids, Play, Succeed, Want, Will)

"When I was real young I wanted to play baseball. I really loved playing center field, but that was never anything I was really ever that good at. I played up until I was in ninth grade."
- Ryan Sypek
(Related: Baseball, Play)

"If you don't like the way the Atlanta Braves are playing then you don't like baseball."
- Chuck Tanner
(Related: Baseball)

"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
(Related: Time, Baseball)

"I played baseball because I could make more money doing that than I could doing anything else."
- Bill Terry
(Related: Money, Baseball)

"Baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it."
- Bill Terry
(Related: Baseball, Fools)

"There are no war stories. I ended up a bombardier, but I never got overseas. And it wasn't because I was playing baseball either. It was just a series of things that went on."
- Bobby Thomson
(Related: War, Baseball)

"Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail."
- John Thorn
(Related: History, Baseball, Sky, Study, Will)

"In over 160 years of recorded baseball history, no team had ever won a championship this way."
- John Thorn
(Related: History, Baseball, Years)

"One of the first lessons he or she learns is that in baseball anything, absolutely anything, can happen. Just two days ago as I write this, something happened that had never happened in baseball before."
- John Thorn
(Related: Baseball, First)

"And then came the nineties, when management, suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players, sought to restore baseball's profitability by 'running the game like a business.'"
- John Thorn
(Related: Business, Control, Management, Baseball)

"Baseball presents a living heritage, a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons past and the hope of next day, next week, next year."
- John Thorn
(Related: Hope, Baseball, Day, Living, Past, Seasons)

"But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim its place as the national pastime: new heroes, spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion, both within the major leagues and around the world."
- John Thorn
(Related: Dreams, Baseball, Competition, Heroes, Prosperity, World)

"Donning a glove for a backyard toss, or watching a ball game, or just reflecting upon our baseball days, we are players again, forever young."
- John Thorn
(Related: Baseball)

"Finally, for all of us but a lucky few, the dream of playing big-time baseball is relinquished so we can get on with grown-up things."
- John Thorn
(Related: Dream, Baseball)

"For many in baseball September is a month of stark contrast with April, when everyone had dared to hope. If baseball is a lot like life, as pundits declare, it is because life is more about losing than winning."
- John Thorn
(Related: Life, Hope, Winning, April, Baseball, Contrast, Losing)

"Hitting a baseball well, as in cricket, is a very rare skill. One of most difficult things to do in the world to do, hitting a ball coming at you at ninety miles an hour with a round bat. Wonderful to watch."
- Peter Tork
(Related: Baseball, Cricket, Skill, World)

"Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on."
- Peter Ueberroth
(Related: Trust, Baseball, Public, Public trust)

"A cloud hangs over baseball. It's a cloud called drugs and it's permeated our game."
- Peter Ueberroth
(Related: Baseball, Drugs)

"I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture."
- Bob Uecker
(Related: Baseball, Career)

"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
(Related: People, Baseball, Games, Old)

"Now that women are jockeys, baseball umpires, atomic scientists, and business executives, maybe someday they can master parallel parking."
- Bill Vaughan
(Related: Business, Women, Baseball, Now, Scientists)

"Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience, has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere."
- Bill Veeck
(Related: Attitude, Baseball, Theatre)

"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
(Related: Baseball, World)

"There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball."
- Bill Veeck
(Related: Baseball, Seasons, Winter)

"It was a terrible day for baseball, it was a worse day for Congress."
- Fay Vincent
(Related: Baseball, Congress, Day)

"It's not in baseball's interest or the players' interest to be taking this stance. It's the people's game."
- Fay Vincent
(Related: People, Baseball, Interest)

"It's tempting, because as one senator said to me, 'We know if we invite baseball down, we'll draw a crowd'."
- Fay Vincent
(Related: Baseball)

"The economics of baseball are the big problem. The big clubs make a lot of money and the little clubs don't."
- Fay Vincent
(Related: Money, Baseball, Economics)

"I wanted to definitely be a musician or a good preacher or a heck of a baseball player. I couldn't play ball too good - I hurt my finger, and I stopped that. I couldn't preach, and well, all I had left was getting into the music thing."
- Muddy Waters
(Related: Music, Baseball, Hurt, Play)

"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 damn plate and five the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all."
- Earl Weaver
(Related: Baseball, Chance, Man)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Chance, Man)

"The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers."
- Earl Weaver
(Related: Winning, Baseball, Games, Key)

"Richard Schiff is a really good baseball player. It's surprising because he looks exhausted."
- Bradley Whitford
(Related: Baseball)

"I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game."
- Walt Whitman
(Related: American, Baseball)

"Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal."
- George Will
(Related: Baseball, Games)

"I played baseball, and that's pretty much it. Basketball came late, this was, basketball was the sport that I tried to master, I kind of mastered baseball, so basketball was one of those things where I wanted to master this game, so that's why I probably play it the way I do."
- Eric Williams
(Related: Baseball, Basketball, Play, Pretty)

"Cricket is basically baseball on valium."
- Robin Williams
(Related: Baseball, Cricket)

"The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and yelling, 'You want a piece of me?'"
- Robin Williams
(Related: Baseball, Liberty, Poor, Saying, Want)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Mistakes, Saying)

"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
(Related: Baseball, Man, Succeed)

"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
(Related: Nature, American, Baseball, Chance, Man, Name)

"Baseball's future? Bigger and bigger, better and better! No question about it, it's the greatest game there is!"
- Ted Williams
(Related: Baseball, Future, Question)

"A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings."
- Earl Wilson
(Related: Baseball)

"For the parents of a Little Leaguer, a baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown into innings."
- Earl Wilson
(Related: Baseball, Parents)

"You have to go understand that life and baseball is littered with all kinds of obstacles and problems along the way. You have to learn how to overcome them to be successful in life."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Life, Successful, Baseball, Obstacles, Problems)

"To the people out there, baseball is a simple sport. But it is complex. It is never easy."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: People, Baseball)

"To give you an idea what it feels like to be going in with some of the best baseball players of all-time, I mean it is fantastic. I have to say this about them, there are so many of these guys up here that were my role models, people I looked up to, people I wanted to be like."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: People, Idea, Baseball)

"These days baseball is different. You come to spring training, you get your legs ready, you arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Baseball, Spring, Training)

"There are a lot of people who influenced me, nurtured me, helped me along the way. But I can just recall looking back, the first time I got my baseball glove. Put it on the wrong hand, all those kind of things."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Time, People, Baseball, First, Wrong)

"I chose baseball because to me baseball is the best game of all."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Baseball)

"But I'll tell you this, it started with my mother. I have to give her. God bless her and rest her soul. I had a good foundation at home, so when I was able to go off and do these things in baseball there was always support."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: God, Home, Mother, Soul, Baseball, Rest, Support)

"And I found out, the other part of it is that I found out and in my desire to life successfully, that baseball fit very well into my life. It's been a great teacher, trainer, mentor and you'll see what I mean in the next few minutes that I have to speak."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Life, Baseball, Desire)

"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
(Related: Time, Dream, Baseball, Day, Night)

"I was lucky enough to have the talent to play baseball. That's how I treated my career. I didn't think I was anybody special, anybody different."
- Carl Yastrzemski
(Related: Talent, Baseball, Career, Play)

"You know, when I was a young boy I used to play baseball in my back yard or in the street with my brothers or the neighborhood kids. We used broken bats and plastic golf balls and played for hours and hours."
- Robin Yount
(Related: Baseball, Brothers, Golf, Kids, Play)