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Baseball is a man maker. ...
by Al Spalding

Baseball is a man maker.
- Al Spalding

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

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

The genius of our institutions is democratic -
baseball is a democratic game.
- Al Spalding

 

I was not able to understand how it could be right to pay an actor,
or a singer, or an instrumentalist for entertaining
the public and wrong to pay a ball player for doing exactly the same thing.
- Al Spalding

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The vast majority of people who watch baseball can
properly call 95% of all plays that happen on the field.
My job is to teach you how to call the other 5%.
- Jim Evans

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

I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.
- Gerald R. Ford

Baseball wasn't easy for me.
- Ryne Sandberg

Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort
of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.
- Ishmael Reed

I knew when my career was over.
In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
- Bob Uecker

I could have played another year, but I would have
been playing for the money,
and baseball deserves better than that.
- George Brett

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

I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life.
I look at baseball as a game.
It's something where people can go out,
enjoy and have fun.
Nothing more.
- Harry Caray

On matters of race, on matters of decency,
baseball should lead the way.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Boys, baseball is a game where you gotta have fun.
You do that by winning.
- Dave Bristol

The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry.
- Curt Flood

The great thing about baseball is when you're done,
you'll only tell your grandchildren the good things.
If they ask me about 1989, I'll tell them I had amnesia.
- Sparky Anderson

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

You can't be afraid to make errors!
You can't be afraid to be naked before the crowd,
because no one can ever master the game of baseball,
or conquer it.
You can only challenge it.
- Lou Brock

It's no secret what's going on in baseball.
At least half the players are using steroids.
- Ken Caminiti

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

The only thing I can do is play baseball.
I have to play ball.
It's the only thing I know.
- Mickey Mantle

I've been lucky.
I've met a lot of baseball people, and I've learned
to value people who talk -
people who talk well and in long sentences and even long paragraphs.
- Roger Angell

Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men.
It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out.
It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
- Ty Cobb

Richard Schiff is a really good baseball player.
It's surprising because he looks exhausted.
- Bradley Whitford

I wasn't athletic.
I played baseball, but I was terrible.
- Matt Long

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball.
I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
- Hank Aaron

I was born to hit a baseball.
I can hit a baseball.
- Barry Bonds

It really came down to deciding between baseball and soccer.
Soccer won out because I enjoyed it more.
- Brian McBride

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

Now, you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season,
where do you think I'll spend it? The ballpark.
I still love it.
Always have, always will.
- Harry Caray

Really, it's not harder to train for them because once
baseball starts you play everyday almost.
- Bo Jackson

I have been a fan all my life, but now I have been
out of football for over 10 years,
and out of baseball for a little over six years and I don't go to games.
- Bo Jackson

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

These old ballparks are like cathedrals in America.
We don't have big old Gothic cathedrals like they do in Europe.
But we got baseball parks.
- Jimmy Buffett

The baseball held was my fantasy of what life offered.
- Lou Brock

Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors,
at a pedigree show.
In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.
- Melvin Maddocks

Humanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together.
When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles.
This is as true of baseball teams as any other pursuit in life.
- Connie Mack

Making love is like hitting a baseball.
You just gotta relax and concentrate.
- Susan Sarandon

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

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

Baseball is like a poker game.
Nobody wants to quit when he's losing;
nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
- Jackie Robinson

Baseball was the darling of all sports back then.
- Marion Motley

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying,
'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.'
She's got a baseball bat and yelling,
'You want a piece of me?'
- Robin Williams

I think one of the most difficult things for anyone
who's played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe
the players today are playing just as well as ever.
- Ralph Kiner

The great trouble with baseball today is that most
of the players are in the game for the money and that's it,
not for the love of it, the excitement of it,
the thrill of it.
- Ty Cobb

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

A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
- Earl Wilson

The Oakland clubhouse is a wonderful place.
A lot of these guys feel like rejects.
They were rejects and they feel - they can tell you how baseball screwed up.
- Michael Lewis

It's a weird scene.
You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're
surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking
you about Vietnam and race relations.
- Vida Blue

I'm a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup everyday.
To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession.
- Brooks Robinson

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


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