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Bill Veeck Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the people out there, baseball is a simple sport.
But it is complex.
It is never easy.
- Dave Winfield

I chose baseball because to me baseball is the best game of all.
- Dave Winfield

Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously.
- Sydney Madwed

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

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

Baseball is just my job.
- Barry Bonds

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

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

I know a baseball star who wouldn't report the theft
of his wife's credit cards because the thief spends less than she does.
- Joe Garagiola

Baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it.
- Bill Terry

There couldn't have been a better Hollywood ending for us.
It's beyond baseball.
It's rooting for your family.
- Jimmy Fallon

Poets are like baseball pitchers.
Both have their moments.
The intervals are the tough things.
- Robert Frost

I'll play out the string and leave baseball without a tear.
A man can't play games his whole life.
- Brooks Robinson

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

I wanted to be a professional baseball player.
- Balthazar Getty

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

I've got a lot of years to live after baseball and
I would like to live them with the complete use of my body.
- Sandy Koufax

There are only five things you can do in baseball -
run,
throw, catch, hit and hit with power.
- Leo Durocher

The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry.
- Curt Flood

So you have to be more mentally focused in baseball.
- Bo Jackson

A cloud hangs over baseball.
It's a cloud called drugs and it's permeated our game.
- Peter Ueberroth

People who write about spring training not being necessary
have never tried to throw a baseball.
- Sandy Koufax

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

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
- H. L. Mencken

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

The key to winning baseball games is pitching,
fundamentals, and three run homers.
- Earl Weaver

These days baseball is different.
You come to spring training, you get your legs ready,
you arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up.
- Dave Winfield

Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No,
probably not.
But we have them for a reason - because some people like them.
It's the same with baseball statistics.
- Bill James

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

Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat.
Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes.
A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.
- Ernie Harwell

If you put a baseball and other toys in front of a baby,
he'll pick up a baseball in preference to the others.
- Tris Speaker

When I finish playing, I think I'd like to coach college baseball.
- Barry Bonds

There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

You have to have a lot of little boy in you to play baseball for a living.
- Roy Campanella

President Bush left for Canada today to attend a trade summit.
Reportedly, the trade summit got off to an awkward
start when the president pulled out his baseball cards.
- Conan O'Brien

A baseball manager is a necessary evil.
- Sparky Anderson

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

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

And of course in America you've got American football
and baseball and all those other ball games,
soccer has become a little niche that the women have kind of filled.
- Parminder Nagra

Baseball and malaria keep coming back.
- Gene Mauch


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