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Various Baseball Personalities
"Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world." - The Babe Ruth Story
"Don't quit until every base is uphill" - The Babe Ruth Story
"If I'd just tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around six hundred." - Big Sticks
"I've never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I've heard plenty of boos after a strike-out." - Grand Slans and
Fumbles, by Peter Bellenson
"A man who has put away his baseball togs after an eventful life in the game must live on his memories, some good, some bad." - The Babe Ruth Story
"All I ask is that you bust your heiny on that field"
"Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa."
"I broke in with four hits and the writes promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took only a few days to correct
"Baseball is my very life, my one consuming interest" - The Sporting News, September 21, 1955
"If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are."
"Left-handers have more enthusiasm for life. They sleep on the wrong side of the bed and their head gets more stagnant on
"Most ball games are lost, not won."
"A ball bat is a wonderous weapon."
"Baseball was one hundred percent of my life."
"I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor."
"Somebody will hit .400 again. Somebody will get smart and swing naturally."
"The great American game should be an unrelenting war of nerves."
"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all."
"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."
"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."
"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
"Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common."
"If a man can beat you, walk him."
"Man may penetrate the outer reaches of the universe, he may solve the very secret of eternity itself, but for me, the ultimate
human experience is to witness the flawless execution of the hit-and-run."
"How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer."
"A full mind is an empty bat."
"A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance."
"Baseball is a game of inches."
"Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league."
"Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal."
"The team that wings two-thirds of its one-run games usually wins the pennant."
"With the money I'm making, I should be playing two positions."
"I 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 pitcher."
"Any ballplayer than don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a Communist."
"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball."
"If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."
"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"In baseball, you don't know nothing."
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
"It's like deja vu all over again."
"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
"I usually take a two-hour nap, from one o'clock to four."
"If the people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's going to
"Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."
"Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?"
"I didn't really say everthing I said."
"Bill Dickey is learning me his experience."
"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going
because you might not get there."
"Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."
"I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school
like I did."
"I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."
"It gets late early out there."
"He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."
"I don't know. They had bags over their heads."
Asked if the fans that ran naked on the field were men or women
"I want to thank you for making this day necessary."
On Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in St. Louis in 1947
"The other teams could make trouble for us if they win."
On the American League situation
After receiving a check made out to "Bearer" for his appearance on
Jack Buck's pregame show in St. Louis:
"How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to
spell my name."
Dale Berra, Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop and son of noted linguist Yogi
Berra, on the comparisons being made between him and his father:
"Our similarities are different."
Asked if first baseman Don Mattingly had exceeded his expectations
"I'd say he's done more than that."
On the aquisition of fleet Ricky Henderson:
"He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light."
On a fancy White House dinner he attended:
"It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were so many
Don Baylor, New York Yankees DH, on Billy Martin and his predecessor
"Playing for Yogi is like playing for your father; playing for Billy
is like playing for your father-in-law."
Reminiscing during a TV interview about New York Yankee battery mate
Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series:
"It's never happened in the World Series competition, and it still
"We're on a first-number basis with each other. He calls me 3 and I
call him 2."
Bill Lee (1977 Red Sox uniform number 37) on Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
(number 20 for the Tigers) [Baldham Boars]
"Winning is better than the next worse thing."
"The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I
believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the '60s I
"Do they leave it there during the game ?"
On first seeing Fenway's Green Monster
"I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from
now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth
will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that
happens it won't matter if I get this guy out."
On how he stayed relaxed in pressure situations
"Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to
trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a
much greater feat."
"If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to?
I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I
tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something
talk about during the winter."
"In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second
season in the Bigs."
"I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for $3,000. That bothered my dad
at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he
eventually scraped it up."
"People don't know this but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant.
came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it."
"The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after
you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League
game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an
error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and
swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud."
"I had slumps that lasted into the winter."
"I led the league in 'Go get 'em next time.'"
"I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90% of them
don't even get printed."
"Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from Sandy
Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets."
"When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth,
looked in the other team's dugout and they were already in street
"When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me."
"Wait until it stops rolling and pick it up."
On how to catch a knuckleball
"I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks
came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase."
"Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products."
"Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of Old-Timers games and
haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things
at me. Just like old times."
"I've got a new invention. It's a revolving bowl for tired goldfish."
"I talked to the ball a lot of times in my career. I yelled, "Go foul.
"I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage."
"A lot of things run through your head when you're going in to relieve in a tight spot. One of them was, 'Should I spike myself ?'"
"The secret of my success was clean living and fast outfielders."
"I am throwing twice as hard as I ever did. It's just not getting there as fast."
"It's a good thing I stayed in Cincinnati for four years -- It took me that long to learn how to spell it."
"Coaching third with a pitcher on base is like being a member of a bomb disposal squad. The thing could blow up in your face at any moment."
"You know when you've got it made? When you get your name in the crossword puzzles."
"I prefer fast food." - on why he won't eat snails
"No little boy in the hospital asked me to hit one, I didn't promise it to my kid for his birthday, and my wife will be too shocked to appreciate it. I hit it for me."
after hitting his first home run in two seasons
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