Famous Baseball Quotes

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Baseball Quotations

"Closing games in the big leagues is a lot like landing airplanes. A successful effort rarely warrants notice and a failure is considered a full-scale disaster."

-- Mets' closer John Franco

"All I ever wanted to be was a Yankee. When I was a kid I was always hoping there'd be a jersey left for me to wear with a single digit."

-- Derek Jeter (#2)

"I told him I wasn't tired. He told me, 'No, but the outfielders sure are.'"
-- Pitcher Jim Kern

"I can sit in a ballpark after a game and love looking at the field. Everybody's gone, and the ballpark is empty, and I'll sit there. I sit there and think, 'Is this as close to heaven as I'm going to get?' Or, 'If I get to heaven, will there be baseball?'"
-- Kim Voisard, Colorado Silver Bullets

1986 World Series, Game 6:
"And the pitch by Stanley, and a ground ball, trickling... It is a fair ball, gets by Buckner! Rounding third Knight, the Mets will win the ballgame! The Mets win! They win!"
-- Bob Murphy

"When I started it was played by nine tough competitors on grass, in graceful ball parks.
By the time I finished, there were ten men on each side, the game was played indoors,
on plastic, and I had to spend half my time watching out for a man dressed in a chicken
suit trying to kiss me." Ron Luciano

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2, 000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball.
--Gerald Early

Baseball ought never be hurried. It is the only unhurried institution we have left, which is one reason, I think, we love it.

--James Kilpatrick



"If the Yankees and Mets ever met in a World Series, they'd have to play it in seven ballparks - the fans would tear one down
after every game."
-- Lenny Dykstra


"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

"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
-- Lou Pinella on coming back from 15 runs down


"Good memories are the greatest thing in the world, and I've got a lot of those. And one of the sweetest is of the kid standing out
on the green grass in center field, with the winning runs on base, saying to himself, 'Hit it to me. Hit it to me!'"

-- Pete Reiser

"Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen." - Padres Announcer Jerry Coleman

"There's a deep fly ball... Winfield goes back, back... his head hits the wall ... it's rolling towards second base." - Jerry Coleman

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." - Jacques Barzun, French diplomat.

You should enter a ballpark the way you enter a church." - Bill Lee

"The only thing Earl [Weaver] knows about big-league pitching is that he couldn't hit it." - Jim Palmer

"I took the two most expensive aspirins in history." - Wally Pipp, replaced by Lou Gehrig

"I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball." - Pete Rose

"I keep my eyes clear and I hit 'em where they ain't." - Wee Willie Keeler

"I knew it was going to be a bad season when on opening day during the national anthem one of my players turns to me and says, 'Every time I hear that song I have a bad game.'" -- manager Jim Leyland

"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

"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 plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all." -- Earl Weaver.

"If you're not having fun in baseball, you miss the point of everything." -- Chris Chambliss.

"Baseball's unique possession is the fan's memory of the times his daddy took him to see the great players of his youth. The excitement of those hours, the step they represented in his growth and the part of those afternoons - even one afternoon - played in his relationship with his father are bound up in his feeling toward the game. When he takes his own son to the game, as his father once took him, there is a spanning of the generations that is warm and rich and - if I may use the word - lovely." -- owner Bill Veeck

"Lets play two!" - Ernie Banks

"Can't anybody here play this game?" - Casey Stengel

"Most ball games are lost, not won." - Casey Stengel

"Ten million years from now, when then sun burns out and the Earth is just a frozen iceball hurtling through space, nobody's going to care whether or not I got this guy out." - Tug McGraw

I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way." - Joe DiMaggio

"If Casey Stengel were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave." - Ralph Kiner

"Solo homers usually come with no one on base." - Ralph Kiner

"The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up." - Bob Uecker

And, of course, the king of Baseball Quotations, Yogi Berra:

"All pitchers are liars or crybabies."

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."

"Bill Dickey is learning me his experience."

"He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

"How can a you hit and think at the same time?"

"I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."

"I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don't understand is how he lost five."

"I don't know. They had bags over their heads." - Asked if the fans that ran naked on the field were men or women.

"If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?"

"I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary."

"I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."

"In baseball, you don't know nothing."

"I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

"I never said most of the things I said."

"It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

"It gets late early out there."

"I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."

"It's like deja vu all over again."

"I wish everybody had the drive he had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field."

"Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets."

"Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."

"So I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face."

"Take it with a grin of salt."

"The game's isn't over until it's over."

"The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

"You can observe a lot just by watching."

"You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours."

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there."

"We made too many wrong mistakes."

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."