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Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world.
by Bill Veeck

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 topics: Sports

I do not think that winning is the most important thing.
I think winning is the only thing.
- Bill Veeck

The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano,
but the sound of the bat on the ball.
- Bill Veeck

There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
- Bill Veeck

 

I try not to kid myself.
You know, I don't mind romancing someone else,
but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.
- Bill Veeck

Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience,
has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.
- Bill Veeck

I was in the game for love.
After all, where else can an old-timer with one leg,
who can't hear or see, live like a king while doing
the only thing I wanted to do?
- Bill Veeck

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I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark,
that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse
proportion to the price of the seats.
- Bill Veeck

Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game.
You want us to pay income taxes, too?
- Bill Veeck

What can I do, I asked myself, that is so spectacular
that no one will be able to say he had seen it before?
The answer was perfectly obvious.
I would send a midget up to bat.
- Bill Veeck

I try not to break the rules but merely to test their elasticity.
- Bill Veeck

The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people.
- Bill Veeck

After a month or so in St.
Louis, we were looking around desperately for a way
to draw a few people into the ball park,
it being perfectly clear by that time that the ball
club wasn't going to do it unaided.
- Bill Veeck

The Falstaff people, romantics all, went for it.
They were so anxious to find out what I was going to
do that they could hardly bear to wait out the two weeks.
I was rather anxious to find out what I was going to do,
too.
- Bill Veeck

A life is not important except in
the impact it has on other lives.
- Jackie Robinson (baseball player)

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

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

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

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball.
Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood
why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron

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

Baseball life is a tough life on the family.
- Nolan Ryan

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
- Joe Garagiola

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football,
basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
- John Leonard

I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man.
I was lying to the press.
- Roger Kahn

Baseball is a public trust.
Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over.
But baseball goes on.
- Peter Ueberroth

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

I see great things in baseball.
It's our game - the American game.
- Walt Whitman

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

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

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

I'm proud to be here as a man that has played first
base more than anybody in the game of baseball.
- Eddie Murray

Baseball is this intense subculture that actually doesn't
speak very much for the larger culture.
- Michael Lewis

Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me,
given to me as a gift from God.
- Willie Stargell

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

A baseball manager is a necessary evil.
- Sparky Anderson

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

Some say our national pastime is baseball.
Not me.
It's gossip.
- Erma Bombeck

Baseball was one-hundred percent of my life.
- Ty Cobb

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

Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance.
- Al Spalding

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

Close don't count in baseball.
Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.
- Frank Robinson

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

We used to play baseball back in that field and keep
an eye out for the bulls.
- Jim Fowler

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

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

The perception is that baseball's players' union is
protecting players to use steroids and other illegal
performance-enhancing drugs.
- Jim Bunning

Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball.
- Barry Bonds

Kids don't learn the fundamentals of baseball at the games anymore.
- Bill Lee

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

Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom's apple pie.
- Harry Reasoner

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

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

In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it.
You hit and get hit.
Remember that.
- Alvin Dark

Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.
- Tommy Lasorda

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

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

I ain't ever had a job, I just always played baseball.
- Satchel Paige

Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players.
And horseback riders.
- Martina Hingis

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

Baseball is all about pitching, and we know we have to improve our pitching.
- Tom Hicks

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

Luck is the great stabilizer in baseball.
- Tris Speaker

Baseball is more than a game.
It's like life played out on a field.
- Juliana Hatfield

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

There is but one game and that game is baseball.
- John McGraw

I am the best in baseball.
- Reggie Jackson

I don't know anything about baseball.
- Sean Connery

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

Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all.
The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics.
- Ernie Banks


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