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If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the ...
by Babe Ruth

If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.
- Babe Ruth

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth PHOTO

Paris ain't much of a town.
- Babe Ruth

If I'd just tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around .600.
- Babe Ruth

 

You just can't beat the person who never gives up.
- Babe Ruth

Baseball changes through the years.
It gets milder.
- Babe Ruth

Let me show you how it's done...
Loser!
- Babe Ruth

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Reading isn't good for a ballplayer.
Not good for his eyes.
If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs.
So I gave up reading.
- Babe Ruth

Gee, its lonesome in the outfield.
It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do.
- Babe Ruth

I won't be happy until we have every boy in America
between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.
- Babe Ruth

All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it.
I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was
I hit and I tell them I don't know except it looked good.
- Babe Ruth

How about a little noise.
How do you expect a man to putt?
- Babe Ruth

Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games.
- Babe Ruth

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
- Babe Ruth

I had only one superstition.
I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
- Babe Ruth

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel
as if all the baselines run uphill.
- Babe Ruth

Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see?
Or the man who is not being seen,
but can see?
- Babe Ruth

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.
- Babe Ruth

I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt,
but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.
- Babe Ruth

I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey.
And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco.
- Babe Ruth

Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.
- Babe Ruth

Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you.
One, don't believe everything that's written about you.
Two, don't pick up too many checks.
- Babe Ruth

I'll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier,
but not for you, fifty thousand dollars,
or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women.
They're too much fun.
- Babe Ruth

As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship
with the pitcher's mound.
It was as if I'd been born out there.
Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world.
Striking out batters was easy.
- Babe Ruth

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.
You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world,
but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.
- Babe Ruth

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

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 is the only field of endeavor where a man
can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
- Ted Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players?
- Jay Mohr

I don't know what you guys say, but at home,
life is way different from baseball.
- Barry Bonds

The economics of baseball are the big problem.
The big clubs make a lot of money and the little clubs don't.
- Fay Vincent

Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.
- Bob Lemon

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

The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
- Tom Seaver

To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life.
Like life, it adjusts.
It survives everything.
- Willie Stargell

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

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

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

I always thought that it was kind of silly that a baseball
card could be worth so much money.
- Matthew Modine

When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game.
- Joe DiMaggio

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

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

In over 160 years of recorded baseball history,
no team had ever won a championship this way.
- John Thorn

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

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

I wasn't really serious about acting -
I was serious about baseball.
- Kurt Russell

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

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

It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
- Mickey Mantle

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

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

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

I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player.
- Roberto Clemente

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


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