Baseball quotes are as much a part of the game
as the records, the rules, or the stories. Many have even
worked their way into our everyday lives! I mean, everybody
that "it ain't over 'til it's over" and "close only counts in
horseshoes and grenades!"
Memorable baseball quotes come in all shapes and sizes.
fact, many of them don't even come from the players. In
to classic quotes from managers or announcers, there are lots fans from
Hollywood, Capitol Hill, and even the White
House who are known for their quotes
Want to narrow it down to the most famous baseball quotes that
will live on longer than the legends who said them?
This shelf of the Baseball Vault is dedicated to the baseball
quotes from those who know the game best. The players who
dirtied their uniforms between the foul lines have had a lot to say
about the national pastime over the years.
"I've tried a lot
of things in the off-season, but the only thing I
really know is baseball."
pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the
percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball
do the fretting."
"I don't see pitches down the middle anymore--not even in batting
practice." - during the
"I don't want them to forget Ruth. I just want them to
remember me!" - as he
approached Ruth's home run record
"Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the
sunrise past a rooster."
"Less than a foot made the difference between a hero and a bum." -
after striking out Tony Lazzeri in the 7th inning of game 7 of the 1926
World Series one pitch after hit a long foul ball into the stands
"I wish they'd shut the gates and let us play ball with no press and no
"If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it." - on
"I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone. The ball just
doesn't get there as fast."
"The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money."
"It's a great day for a ballgame. Let's play two."
"Welcome to Wrigley Field." - singing to
the crowd before games
training means flowers, people coming outdoors, sunshine, optimism, and
baseball. Spring training is a time to think about being
"My only regret in life is that I can't sit in the stands and watch me
"I think I have gotten more publicity for doing less than any player
who ever lived."
"If I'd known I was gonna pitch a no-hitter today I would have gotten a
"Philadelphia fans would boo funerals, an Easter egg hunt, a parade of
armless war vets, and the Liberty Bell."
"Some day, I would like to go up in the stands and boo some fans."
"We're not so bad as people thought, although that's not saying much." - after his
Rangers team's good start in 1983
"Cool Papa" Bell
"You try to get that game out of your mind, but it never leaves you."
"They're like sleeping in a soft bed--easy to get into and hard to get
out of." - on hitting
"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is
"All pitchers are liars and crybabies."
"Baseball is the champ of them all. Like somebody said, the
pay is good and the hours are short."
"It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays."
"The other teams could make trouble for us if they win."
"Third ain't bad if nothin' is hit to you."
"You can't win all of the time. There are guys out there who
are better than you."
"We're not exactly hitting the ball off the cover."
"We made too many wrong mistakes." - why the
Yankees lost the 1960 World Series to the Pirates
"It ain't over 'til it's over." - on the
1973 pennant race
"He probably hurt it from having to signal 'safe' so many times." - on 2nd
base umpire's shoulder injury after he left game in which Astros and
Pirates had 12 stolen bases
"With Bobby Bonds in right field and three first basemen, I might as
well donate my glove to charity." - baseball's
first designated hitter
"When I'm throwing good, I don't think there's a man in the world who
can hit me."
"Sometimes in this game it's as good to be lucky as it is to be good."
"Everyone asks me 'why' about everything. I have no idea.
I see it. I swing. I hit it."
"He makes his living running fast, and I make mine running slow." - on Carl
Lewis, and his own home run trot
"Walk him." - on Mark
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."
"This winter I'm working out every day, throwing at a wall.
I'm 11-0 against the wall."
"If you had a pill that would guarantee a pitcher 20 wins but might
take five years off his life, he'd take it."
"I am not too serious about anything. I believe you have to
enjoy yourself to get the most out of your ability."
"If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your
grandmother with her teeth out."
"He seems to have an obligation to hit." - on Pete
you aim to steal 30 or 40 bases a year, you do it by surprising the
other side. But if your goal is 50 to 100 bases the element of surprise
doesn't matter. You go even though they know you're going to
Then each steal becomes a contest, matching your skills
"Your bat is your life. It's your weapon.
You don't want to go into battle with anything that feels
"Nothing makes a pitcher feel more secure than the sight of his
teammates circling the bases during a ball game."
conversations cover the gambit of male bull sessions. Sex,
religion, politics, sex. Full circle. Occasionally,
game--or business--of baseball intrudes."
"Buy a home in the town in which you play, and you'll be traded before
your first lawn blows away."
"You may go a long time without winning, but you never forget that
to me, is still the national pastime because it's a summer game.
I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that
is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I
it stirs up an incredible emotion within people."
"He once hit a ball between my legs so hard that my center fielder
caught it on the fly backing up against the wall." - on Bill
"The game was closer than the score indicated." - on a 1-0
"The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing." - after
getting hit in the head in the 1934 World Series
"There'll never be another like me."
"He hits a ball harder and farther than any man I ever saw." - on Babe
"He just went out and did his job every day." - on Lou
guys got to see this kid we have in camp. Out of Class C
hits both ways, 500 feet both ways. You got to see him." - on Mickey
Mantle in 1951
"I think there are some players who are born to play ball."
"There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last
time. I owe him my best."
always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go
through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when
a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."
you have to do is pick up a baseball. It begs to you:
me. If you took a year to design an object to hurl, you'd end
with that little spheroid small enough to nestle in your fingers but
big enough to have some heft, lighter than a rock but heavier than a
hunk of wood. Its even, neat stitching, laced into the
slippery white surface, gives your fingers a purchase. A
was made to throw. It's almost irresistible."
"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."
like the Kennedy assassination. Everyone I see comes up and
me where they were and what they were doing when Gibson hit that home
run." - on Kirk
Gibson's walk-off home run in game 1 of the 1988 World Series
"I'm not old. I was just born before a lot of other people."
right fielder has to be very careful when a fight breaks out and the
benches empty. He's always got his back to the enemy bullpen."
"I wasn't in a slump. I just wasn't getting any hits."
gave me no chance. He just blew it by me. But it's
honor. I'll have another paragraph in all the baseball books.
I'm already in the books three or four times." - on the
fastball that made him Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strikeout victim
"Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it
after you catch it is a business."
"He does everything better than anyone else." - on Joe
me, this battle of wits and battle of talent between the pitcher and
the hitter is baseball. Everything else is secondary."
"I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone
else to go chase it."
"Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't
American. He's a Communist."
"It don't make no difference where I go or what happens, so long as I
can play the full nine."
don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the
plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no
baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the
and wait for spring."
"It's great to be young and a Yankee."
"The secret of success as a pitcher lies in getting a job with the
"When I'm on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo."
lot of guys even question my sanity. But that's good.
want them to know I'll do anything it takes to win. I want
to think I'm crazy."
"The screwball's an unnatural pitch. Nature never intended a
man to turn his hand like that throwing rocks at a bear."
"Everything worthwhile in life is worth a price. Some people
give their bodies to science, I give mine to baseball." - after
setting hit-by-pitch record in 1971
"I'm glad Baylor broke the record. I was hoping to find
someone dumber than me."
Jim "Catfish" Hunter
"Thank you, God, for giving me strength and making me a ballplayer."
"He'd give you the shirt off his back. Of course, he'd call a
press conference to announce it." - on Reggie
never be considered one of the all-time greats, maybe not even one of
the all-time goods. But I'm one of the all-time survivors."
make a choice on how you want to leave the game. You can go
on your terms or on baseball's terms. If you go out on your
terms, you do it like Stargell did, or Bench. But if you say,
want to play this game as long as I can,' then you understand you're
not going to leave on your own terms."
don't deserve such a salary. I didn't have a good enough
last year. This ball club has been so fair and decent to me
I'd prefer to have you give it to me when I rate it." - on being
offered $100,000 by the Tigers in 1971
"Baseball is a lot like life. The line drives are caught, the
squibbers go for base hits. It's an unfair game."
"Wee" Willie Keeler
"Hit 'em where they ain't." - on his
place-hitting batting tactics
Mike "King" Kelly
"We had most of 'em whipped before we threw a ball. They were
scared to death." - on his
Chicago White Stockings in 1882
"I thinks, me lads, this is me last slide." - the
base-stealer on his deathbed in 1894
"It's not easy to hit .215. You have to be going terrible and
have bad luck, too."
"I told him I wasn't tired. He told me, 'No, but the
outfielders sure are.'" - once said
when being pulled from a game for a reliever
"Cadillacs are down at the end of the bat." - on why he
didn't choke up on the bat
"All of his saves have come during relief appearances." - on
reliever Steve Bedrosian
"It's like watching Mario Andretti park a car." - on Phil
"I used to be so bad my bat would close its eyes when I came up."
"A guy who throws what he intends to throw--that's the definition of a
"I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the
ball and started trying to make them hit it."
"People who write about spring training not being necessary have never
tried to throw a baseball."
all the glamour attached to hitting the ball out of the park, it takes
a lot of discipline to go up there and just try to get a base hit."
"As I remember it, the bases were loaded." - recalling
a 1971 grand slam
see it in the drive-through at Wendy's. Some people actually
about what they're doing and some don't. I care.
cares, but it's obvious some care a lot more than others. It
seems like the ones that care the most are the ones that stay around
"When I'm pitching I figure that plate is mine, and I don't like
anybody getting too close to it."
"The second one lets the hitter know you meant the first one." - on
"I never knew how someone dying could say he was the luckiest man in
the world. But now I understand." - on Lou
Gehrig's and his own retirement
"They should have come out of the dugout on tippy-toes, holding hands
and singing." - on the
Oakland A's uniforms in 1963
don't care what the situation was, how high the stakes were--the bases
could be loaded and the pennant riding on every pitch, it never
bothered Whitey. He pitched his game. Cool.
Nerves of steel." - on Whitey
Walter "Rabbit" Maranville
gets a kick out of baseball anymore, because big salaries and the
pension fund have made it more serious business than running a bank."
"A season's a season." - on his
162-game season of 1961 versus Babe Ruth's 154-game season of 1927
"As a ballplayer, I would be delighted to do it again. As an
individual, I doubt if I could possibly go through it again." - on his
1961 season in which he hit 61 home runs and broke Babe Ruth's hallowed
"I'm just a small part of a wonderful game that is a tremendous part of
"It's only a hitch when you're in a slump. When you're
hittin' the ball, it's called rhythm."
"A pitcher is not a ballplayer."
boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might almost say
while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing
"You must have an alibi to show why you lost.
If you haven't one, you must fake one. Your
must be maintained."
"I like being close to the bats." - on moving
his clubhouse locker
"His reputation preceded him before he got here." - on Dwight
"If I'm breaking them, they're dying in style." - on his
numerous broken bats
"They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch
it." - his
formula for his success
"I like to play happy. Baseball is a fun game, and I love it."
"Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson."
"I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw."
"Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always
pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs."
"A curve ball from a left-handed pitcher to a left-handed hitter is the
most dangerous pitch there is."
"When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery,
60' 6" apart." - on Steve
Carlton, after catching all of his games in 1977
professional athlete knows there's always another game or another year
coming up. If he loses, he swallows the bitter pill and comes
back. It's much harder for the fans."
"There is but one game, and that game is baseball."
"Curve balls in the dirt." - advice on
pitching to Babe Ruth
think the greatest thing in the whole world would be to become a
baseball player. If the best thing has already happened,
next?" - on his
"Some days you tame the tiger, and some days the tiger has you for
"I love the crowd. Whenever I need something extra, I look up
and there it is."
"Ya gotta believe." -
motto as the 1973 Mets rallied from 6th place to win the
National League pennant
suppose that when I die, the epitaph on my tombstone will read 'Here
lies Bonehead Merkle'. The tough part of it is that I can't
things other fellows do without attracting any attention.
slips that would be excused in any other players are burned into me by
crowds. Of course, I make my mistakes with the rest, but I
to do double duty. If any play I'm concerned in goes wrong,
the fellow that gets the blame, no matter where the thing went off the
line. I wish folks would forget. But they never
on his 1908 gaffe in which, as a runner at first base, he ran off the
field following a game-winning single without touching second base,
causing the game to end in a tie and costing his Giants that year's
pennant to the opposing team, the Cubs
was the only guy I ever saw who could play all nine positions, run and
was a switch hitter. I thought I was havin' a pretty good
myself down there and they were walkin' him to get me." - on Martin
Dihigo, Mize's teammate in Santo Domingo winter ball in 1943
"It actually giggles at you as it goes by." - on Phil
good base stealer should make the whole infield jumpy.
you steal or not, you're changing the rhythm of the game. If
pitcher is concerned about you, he isn't concentrating enough on the
"I like to embarrass players on other teams. I like making
them look bad because that's what they're trying to do to me."
"Trying to hit him is like trying to eat Jell-O with chopsticks." - on Phil
Niekro and his knuckleball
"The key to hitting for a high average is to relax, concentrate--and
don't hit the fly ball to center field."
"I love to play this game of baseball. I love putting on the
an all-star team, I vote for players of one kind--those I enjoy
watching the most the ball is hit or pitched in their direction."
liked the idea that we were a family. We could fight each
in the clubhouse and fight together outside the clubhouse.
what made us good. You went to the ballpark never knowing what was
going to happen." - on the
1970's Oakland A's
"I was told you're nobody until you do, but I still don't like it." - on being
struck out by Nolan Ryan
"We hit the dry side of the ball." - on how to
hit a spitball
is better than sex. It is better than music, although I do
believe jazz comes in a close second. It does fill you up."
"Waste no tears for me. I didn't come along too early.
I was right on time." - the great
Negro League and baseball ambassador
played the game with a group of guys who had a passion for the game.
They had a passion for life and were a very special group.
The only reason we wanted to play in the other league was to
prove to them we were as good or better than they were. Other
than that, don't feel sorry for us."
was no paraphernalia in the old days with which one could protect
himself. No mitts, no, not even gloves. And masks?
Why, you would have been laughed off the diamond had you worn
behind the bat. In the early days, the pitcher was only 50
away from the batsman, and there was no penalizing him if he hit you
with the ball." - Hall of
Famer, quoted in 1913
"Slapping a rattlesnake across the face with the back of your hand is
safer than trying to fool Henry Aaron."
"I get on base by making good contact with the ball. But
whenever I hit a home run, I'm as surprised as everybody else."
time I sign a ball, and there must have been thousands, I thank my luck
that I wasn't born Coveleskie, or Wambsganss, or Peckinpaugh."
"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it
never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while
toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation."
"If a man can beat you, walk him."
"Ain't no man can avoid being born average. But there ain't
no man got to be common."
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" - when asked
about his age
Papa Bell was so fast he could get out of bed, turn out the lights
across the room, and be back in bed under the covers before the lights
"One day, when I was pitchin' to Cool, he drilled one
right through my legs and was hit in the back by his own ground ball
when he slid into second."
"We don't stop playing because we get old. We get old because
we stop playing."
"Man, what a pitcher's graveyard." - on Fenway
"It got so I could nip frosting off a cake with my fastball."
"You gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat."
"I don't want to win my 300th game while he's still here.
He'd take credit for it." - on manager
"Most pitchers are too smart to manage."
"September is pantyhose month. No nonsense."
"What I wonder is, where are the guys who just love to play baseball?"
believe the mystique about big league baseball probably more than kids
or fans do. It's those two words that are not applied to any
other sport--big league."
"A heck of a lot better than being the smallest player in the minors." - on being
the smallest player in the majors
"I reckon I tried everything on the old apple but salt and pepper and
chocolate sauce topping."
"Going back down to the minors is the toughest thing to handle in
"It's such a simple game, and it's so hard to play."
"I'm going to get myself a corked bat and blast one out of here.
What's the suspension for Old-Timers games, 10 years?"
the first card show, I felt bad seeing those little kids paying to get
my autograph. It didn't hit me right. I felt it in
heart. I made a vow that once the contract is over, I'm done.
I'll still sign, but not for money. I wouldn't do
it for a
"The better he gets, the better he's going to be." - on Torii
"A walk won't get you off the island." - on the
free-swinging Dominican players
Harold "Pee Wee" Reese
"It didn't matter to me whether he was black or green, he had a right
to be there too." - on Jackie
Robinson joining the Dodgers in 1947
you think it's an advantage, it is. If the other teams think
is, it's a bigger advantage. Actually, it means nothing." - on
experience in a pennant race
baseball is a game of inches generally speaking, then it follows that
it is specifically a game of split-seconds for second-basemen.
There is no position on a baseball team which places such a
premium on timing."
Cal Ripken, Jr.
"I want people to think of me as an iron man."
"If I had handpicked twelve off days every year, I guarantee you I'd
hit ten or fifteen points higher."
your name is Gehrig or Ripken, DiMaggio or Robinson, or that of some
youngster who picks up his bat or puts on his glove--you are challenged
by the game of baseball to do your very best day in and day out.
And that's all I've ever tried to do. Thank you." -
conclusion to his speech following his 2,131st consecutive game in 1995
"Man, it was tough. The wind was blowing about 100 degrees."
"To hit .300, score 100 runs and stay injury-prone." - on his
goals for the 1983 season
"They're really scraping the bottom of the barrel, aren't they?" - on his
election to the Hall of Fame in 1963
is no doubt that someone who tries to throw a curve or pitch at an
early age before he's developed, before his hand is big enough to grip
the ball correctly, will damage his arm."
"This is my best time of the year. Heck, once the season
starts, I go to work." - on spring
a pretty sure thing that the player's bat is what speaks loudest when
it's contact time. But there are moments when the glove has
"Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in
horseshoes and grenades."
did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more
determined. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out.
say you can't hit if you're on your back. But I didn't hit on
back. I got up."
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I
ask is that you respect me as a human being."
"Above anything else, I hate to lose."
"Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when
he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead."
"How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts."
"Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second-baseman.
Grounders are his stock in trade."
kind of get tired of giving the other team credit. At some
you've got to look in the mirror and say, 'I sucked.'" - after the
Yankees lost to the Tigers in the playoffs
If he had pointed to the stands, he'd have gone down on his
fanny. I'd have loosened him up. Nobody facing me
have gotten away with that." - on Babe
Ruth's called shot in the 1932 World Series
"Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal."
"I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to keep playing baseball."
told him who to watch. I said if you want to be a catcher,
Johnny Bench. If you want to be a right-handed power hitter, watch Mike
Schmidt. If you just want to be a hitter, watch me." - on
instructing his son about baseball
"I'm not bad. I'm no Joe Morgan, but I'm pretty good for a
white guy." - on his
"Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league."
"Gullett's the only guy who can throw a baseball through a car wash and
not get the ball wet." - on rookie
pitcher Don Gullett in 1970
"I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs, and
"The hardest thing is not making the big leagues. Rather, it
is staying in the big leagues."
greatest thrill in the world is to end the game with a home run and
watch everybody else walk off the field while you're running the bases
"Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world."
"I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss
big. I like to live as big as I can."
"That last one sounded kind of high to me." - commenting
to the umpire after not seeing a couple of fastballs
I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me--all this I owe
to the game of baseball, without which I would have come out of St.
Mary's Industrial School in Baltimore a tailor--and a pretty bad one,
"I can't think of anything more humiliating that losing a ballgame to a
guy who steals home on you."
is always something you have to work on in baseball. You
have control of the situation. The pitcher does." - on why
football was easier than baseball
but there is less pressure being three or four games behind in a
pennant race than three or four ahead. Last year, we kept
back over our shoulder."
"Anytime you think you have the game conquered, the game will turn
around and punch you right in the face."
"I don't think I can get into my deep inner thoughts about hitting.
It's like talking about religion."
"Pete Rose is the most likable arrogant person I've ever met."
"I could ask the Phillies to keep me on to add to my statistics, but my
love for the game won't let me do that." - on his
sudden retirement in 1989
"The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball."
"My job isn't to strike guys out. It's to get them out,
sometimes by striking them out."
"If you don't think baseball is a big deal, don't do it. But
if you do it, do it right."
"I don't know anything about baseball. I just close my eyes
and swing. Sometimes it hits the bat."
always loved baseball most. I really think I love it more all
time. There's no better game--I don't care if it's bridge or
hockey or baseball or backgammon."
"As far as I'm concerned,
there is no greater pleasure in the world than walking up to the plate
with men on base and knowing that you are feared."
Bill "Moose" Skowron
"I don't always swing at strikes. I swing at the ball when it
"One year I hit .291 and had to take a salary cut. If you hit
.291 today, you'd own the franchise."
"Anybody who can't hustle every minute of the two hours it takes to
play a ball game ought to get out of the game and stay out."
I'm going to be struck out, that's the way to go. It may
strange, but I actually enjoyed that. It was like a surgeon's
knife--quick and painless." - on being
struck out by Nolan Ryan
the split second from the time the ball leaves the pitcher's hand until
it reaches the plate, you have to think about your stride, your hip
action, your wrist action, determine how much, if any, the ball is
going to break, and then decide whether to swing at it."
"When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me."
"Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."
"A pitcher needs two pitches--one they're looking for and one to cross
"It would be useless for any player to attempt to explain successful
you put a baseball and other toys in front of an American baby, he'll
pick up the baseball in preference to the others. The
boy starts swinging the bat about as soon as he can lift one."
made a grave mistake when he gave up pitching. Working once a
week, he might have lasted a long time and become a great star." - on Babe
Ruth in 1921
"The ants get on base and the bulls knock 'em in."
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - on Sandy
"They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they
tell you to hit it square."
"I love September, especially when we're in it."
"The man says 'play ball' not 'work ball,' you know."
is really just an internal struggle between the pitcher and his stuff.
If my curve ball is breaking and I'm throwing it where I
then the batter is irrelevant."
"One night in Pittsburgh, 30,000 fans gave me a standing ovation when I
caught a hot dog wrapper on the fly." - Stuart was
a notoriously bad fielder
"He works as noiselessly as a Corliss engine, makes hard plays easy, is
great in a pinch and never gets cold feet." - on Nap
"Baseball is just baseball." - on whether
he would have trouble adjusting from the Japanese league to the Major
"I haven't done anything yet." - on
refusing a cover story early in his first season with the Mariners
"I'm eating a lot more pizza for lunch than I'm used to." - on his
biggest adjustment to America
requires a lot of skill and a lot of effort to throw a baseball to a
certain location with something on it. That's the damn good
about baseball--there's so much effort and skill involved.
hardest thing to do, they say, is to hit a baseball. The
it's so hard is the people who throw it."
once said to Joe McCarthy, 'If Ted Williams played regularly in Yankee
Stadium, he'd surely break Babe Ruth's record.' All McCarthy
was, 'Lou Gehrig didn't,' and it was a good answer."
"Is Brooklyn still in the league?" -
remark by the New York Giants first baseman during the off-season after
the team's 1933 World Series championship, adding another chapter to
the clubs' storied rivalry
"Baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it."
"I played baseball because I could make more money doing that than I
could doing anything else."
didn't run around the bases--I rode around 'em on a cloud.
still don't know what time it is or where I am. Frankly, I
care." - on his
game-winning home run to win the 1951 National League pennant against
the Brooklyn Dodgers
"The best thing about baseball is that you can do something about
"There ain't much to being a ball player, if you're a ball player."
all my years of play, I never saw an ump deliberately make an unfair
decision. They really called them as they saw 'em."
"Always keep playing hard because you never know what will happen."
slump starts in your head and winds up in your stomach. You
that eventually it will happen, and you begin to worry about it.
Then you know you're in one, and it makes you sick."
"I pitch like my hair's on fire."
man has to have goals--for a day, for a lifetime--and that was mine, to
have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever
"Hitting is fifty percent above the shoulders."
"You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues."
"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three
times out of ten and be considered a good performer."
"If there was ever a man born to be a hitter it was me."
don't care to be known as a .400 hitter with a lousy average of .39955.
If I'm going to be a .400 hitter, I want to have more than my
toenails on the line." - after
being offered the chance to sit out a double-header on the final day of
the 1941 season to keep his .400 batting average
"It's just as important to know when not to go as it is to know when to
go." - on base
"It starts out like a baseball and when it gets to the plate it looks
like a marble." - on Satchel
days baseball is different. You come to spring training.
You get your legs ready, your arms loose, you agents ready,
lawyer lined up."
Smokey Joe Wood
"I threw so hard I thought my arm would fly right off my body."
"Somebody will have to come and tear the uniform off me, and the guy
who comes better have help."
"A pitcher has to look at the hitter as his mortal enemy."
"A pitcher is only as good as his legs."
"That space between the white lines--that's my office. That's
where I conduct my business."