"Famous Quotes"

The following is a collection of famous (and soon to be famous) ball quotes that has been compiled from various Internet sources- every effort has been made to attribute the quote to the person who said it. We apologize if any error has been made.

 

Call time before you cry- Dave Mahaffey- 2006, Coach

The best base runner is all legs, no brain.  Let the base coach do the thinking for ya'-  Pat Rodgers - 1999, Coach, UIC GBMSL

Never go to a meeting, unless you're prepared to leave as President!- Keith Chapman- 2000, President GBMSL

All right, everybody line up alphabetically according to your height.- Casey Stengel

 You can't think and hit at the same time.- Joltin Joe DiMaggio

The hitter's off his rocker, just like Betty Crocker. -- Montgomery Burns (The Simpson's)

A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz. --Humphrey Bogart

Hitting is 50% above the shoulders. --Ted Williams

The hardest thing to do in baseball is to hit a round baseball with a round bat, squarely. -- Ted Williams

Trying to hit him (Phil Niekro) was like trying to eat Jell-O with chopsticks.--Bobby Murcer, Yankees outfielder

I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation. - Satchel Paige

My pitching philosophy is simple - keep the ball way from the bat. - Satchel Paige

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

All I had was natural ability. - Mickey Mantle

A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. - Mickey Mantle

I'd rather be lucky than good. - Lefty Gomez

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. - Warren Spahn

Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa. - Casey Stengel

If anyone wants me tell them I'm being embalmed. - Casey Stengel

Managing is getting paid for home runs someone else hits. - Casey Stengel

You have to have a catcher or you'll have all passed balls. - Casey Stengel

Pitchers throw problems. Hitters try to solve those problems. - Nivek Alotnak

After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases. -Mickey Mantle

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

When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back. -Woody Allen

Baseball is very big with my people. It figures. It's the only way we can get to shake a bat at a white man without starting a riot. -Dick Gregory

With the money I'm making, I should be playing two positions. -Pete Rose, 1977

Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all? -Vin Scully

Cricket is baseball on valium.-Robin Williams

Finish last in your league and they call you Idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you Doctor. -Abe Lemons

The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.-Dizzy Dean

I managed a team that was so bad we considered a 2-0 count on the batter a rally-.Rich Donnelly, minor league manager

Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.- Mickey Mantle

I always loved the game, but when my legs weren't hurting it was a lot easier to love. -Mickey Mantle

I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?' -Mickey Mantle

It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life. -Mickey Mantle

When I hit a home run I usually didn't care where it went. So long as it was a home run was all that mattered. – Mickey Mantle

You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth. – Mickey Mantle

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

Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres! – Jerry Coleman

If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third. (on catcher Mide Scioscia) – Tommy Lasorda

Aw, how could he (Jorge Orta) lose the ball in the sun, he's from Mexico. – Harry Caray

I would always sing it (Take Me Out To The Ball Game), because I think it's the only song I knew the words to! – Harry Caray

They (Expos fans) discovered 'boo' is pronounced the same in French as it is in English. – Harry Caray

You know they're not going to lose 162 consecutive games. – Harry Caray

The kid doesn't chew tobacco, smoke, drink, curse, or chase broads. I don't see how he can possibly make it. – Richie Ashbum

People think we make $3 million and $4 million a year. They don't realize that most of us only make $500,000.00. – Pete Incaviglia

All I want is for my case to be heard before an impractical decision-maker. – Pete Rose

Well, that was a cliff-dweller. – Wes Westrum

A baseball bat is a wondrous weapon. –Ty Cobb

I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them? -Casey Stengel

As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it. -Casey Stengel

Baseball is like church. Many attend; few understand. -Casey Stengel

Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.- Casey Stengel

I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me: the umpires and the rules.- Casey Stengel

I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes. -Casey Stengel

If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, "Sorry, Mom," but nobody beats me.- Casey Stengel

If you don't win, you're going to be fired. If you do win, you've only put off the day you're going to be fired. -Casey Stengel

In order to become a big-league manager you have to be in the right place at the right time. That's rule number one. -Casey Stengel

In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.- Casey Stengel

You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it. -Casey Stengel

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided. -Casey Stengel

I could never play in New York. The first time I came into a game there, I got into the bullpen car and they told me to lock the doors. - Mike Flanagan, Baltimore Orioles

On his own scouting report: "Very deceptive. Slower than he looks. - Joe Garagiola

Three more saves and he ties John the Baptist. - Hank Greenwald, on Bruce Sutter

"Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything." Toby Harrah.

"The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game." Chuck Tanner.

"Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona." George F. Will.

"Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel." Roger Simon.

"I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats." Bill Veeck.

"Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack." Adam Morrow.

"Baseball fans are junkies, and their heroin is the statistic." Robert S. Wieder.

Slump ? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hittin. --Yogi Berra

We're supposed to be perfect our first day on the job and then show constant improvement. --Ed Vargo, major league baseball umpire

Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical --Yogi Berra

You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity...No we must not You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball. --Albert Einstein

Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat. --Joel, 10 Advice from Kids

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere; and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere men are laughing; and little children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville- great Casey has struck out. --Ernest Lawrence Thayer Casey at the Bat

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalised for too many players on the field --Jim Boulton

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be - in baseball and in life. --Pete Rose

I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown.
--Hank Aaron

I used to love to come to the ballpark. Now I hate it. Every day becomes a little tougher because of all this. Writers, tape recorders, microphones, cameras, questions and more questions. Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one. I still have all my hair, but when it's over, I'm going home to Mobile and fish for a long time. --Hank Aaron as he closed in on Babe Ruth's career home run record

Mickey meant an awful lot to me. He was a tremendous athlete. People didn't understand him the way they should have. He played 10 years on one leg. But more than that, he was a tremendous person.
--Hank Aaron on Mickey Mantle

Looking at the ball going over the fence isn't going to help. --Hank Aaron

I had just turned 20, and Jackie told me the only way to be successful at anything was to go out and do it. He said baseball was a game you played every day, not once a week. --Hank Aaron on Jackie Robinson

The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting. --Hank Aaron

You're only young once, but you can be immature forever  -Larry Andersen relief pitcher

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster. --Joe Adcock

I'm beginning to see Brooks [Robinson] in my sleep. If I dropped a paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first. --Sparky Anderson

He's got power enough to hit home runs in any park, including Yellowstone. --Sparky Anderson on Willie Stargell batting in Tiger Stadium in the 1971 All Star game.

That's why I don't talk. Because I talk too much. --Joquin Andujar

There's one word that describes baseball -- 'You never know.' --Joquin Andujar

"Baseball is dull only to dull minds." Red Barber, announcer

"I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they forgot to bring the scorebook to the game that day." - James "Cool Papa" Bell, Homestead Grays OF

"Jimmy Connors plays two tennis matches and winds up with $850,000, and Muhammad Ali fights for one bout and winds up with five million bucks. Me, I play 190 games--if you count exhibitions -- and I'm overpaid!"
--Johnny Bench

"I was thinking of making a comeback until I pulled a muscle - vacuuming."
-- Johnny Bench, on how he felt about Charlton Fisk breaking his record for career home runs by a catcher.

"An ardent supporter of the home town team should go to a game prepared to take offense, no matter what happens."--Robert Benchley

"In batting practice, I don't think I hit one ball hard. It was frustrating, that bat was no good."
--Dante Bichette, Colorado Rockies OF, after Bichette hit for the cycle after flinging into the stands the bat he was using for batting practice

"I didn't get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone."
--Wade Boggs, on being ejected for the first time in the 17th year of his career for arguing a called third strike

"A lot of long relievers are ashamed to tell their parents what they do. The only nice thing about it is that you get to wear a uniform like everbody else." - Jim Bouton, NY Yankees pitcher

"The older they get, the better they were when they were younger."
--Jim Bouton, on Old Timers Days. Note: Jim Bouton was invited to return to Yankee Stadium on July 26, 1998 for his first Old Timers Game after 30 years. There were bad feelings for many years after Jim wrote a book revealing that ballplayers weren't the angels that everybody had expected.

"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

A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time."
--Jim Bouton, NY Yankees

"If I stay healthy, I have a chance to collect three thousand hits and one thousand errors."
--George Brett, Kansas City Royals 3B

"Yeah, he's in pain except between the first and ninth innings."
--Dave Bristol (Reds' manager), on Sandy Koufax and his elbow pains that forced him into early retirement.

"Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time."-St. Louis' Lou Brock

"No one wants to hear about the labor pains, they just want to see the baby."--Lou Brock

"In high school I took a little English, some science, some hubcaps and some wheel covers."--William James Gates Brown (Detroit Tigers OF)

When asked if his curve was helped by the absence of an index finger, Mordecai Brown replied, "To know for sure, I'd have to throw with a normal hand, and I've never tried it."--Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown

"I can't conceive of either team winning a single game."
--Warren Brown (Chicago writer), when asked for a prediction as to the outcome of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Tigers and an obvious reference to the wartime look of both teams.

"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 Braatz-Voisard, Silver Bullets' center fielder, 1997

"Jackie was the greatest competitor I ever saw. He didn't win. He triumphed."--Ralph Branca, Dodger pitcher, 1947

Dale Berra, Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop and son of noted linguist Yogi Berra, "The only thing my father & I have in common is that our similarities are different."

"It's a good thing I stayed in Cincinnati for four years -- It took me that long to learn how to spell it."--Rocky Bridges

"Coaching third with a pitcher on base is like being a member of a bomb disposal squad. The thing could blow up in your face at any moment."--Rocky Bridges

"No little boy in the hospital asked me to hit one, I didn't promise it to my kid for his birthday, and my wife will be too shocked to appreciate it. I hit it for me."
--Rocky Bridges, after hitting his first home run in two seasons

"The more I played with them, the more I found that no one could take a joke - my batting average."
--Rocky Bridges, on his two seasons with the Dodgers and his .237 batting average

"The trouble with having a wired jaw is that you can never tell when you're sleepy. You can't yawn."
--Rocky Bridges

"Kids today are looking for idols, but sometimes they look too far... They don't have to look any farther than their home because those are the people that love you. They are the real heroes."
--Bobby Bonilla

"Every member of our baseball team at West Point became a general: this proves the value of team sports."-Gen. Omar Bradley

"They can holler at the uniform all they want, but when they holler at the man wearing the uniform, they're in trouble."-- Umpire Joe Brinkman

"The best place to catch a baseball hit by (Mark) McGwire is definitely not within the confines of the playing field, or sometimes even the ballpark. Other players dial '1' for long distance. McGwire has to ask for an international operator."
--Thomas Boswell, writing in the Washington Post

"For five years in the minor leagues, I wore the same underwear and still hit .250, so no, I don't believe in that stuff." - Dusty Baker, on stuperstitions

"I get tired of hearing my ballplayers bellyache all the time. They should sit in the press box sometime and watch themselves play."--San Diego Padres president Buzzie Bavasi, 1973

"How can a guy win a game if you don't give him any runs?"--Robert "Bo" Belinsky, after losing a game 15-0

"Everybody in the park knows he is going to run, and he makes it anyway."-- Larry Bowa, on Lou Brock

"He seemed to have an obligation to hit."--Lou Brock, on Pete Rose

"There'll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The two o'clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at five o'clock."
--David Bristol, Milwaukee Brewers manager

"Let them think I throw it. That gives me an edge because it is another pitch they have to worry about."--Lew Burdette, on throwing the spitball

That's the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on the ball. -Bill Veeck, 1976

"You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you." - Roy Campanella

"One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something." - Nolan Ryan

"Why certainly I'd like to have that fellow who hits a home run every time at bat, who strikes out every opposing batter when he's pitching, who throws strikes to any base or the plate when he's playing outfield and who's always thinking about two innings ahead just what he'll do to baffle the other team. Any manager would want a guy like that playing for him. The only trouble is to get him to put down his cup of beer and come down out of the stands and do those things."
--Danny Murtaugh, manager

"When we lost I couldn't sleep at night. When we win I can't sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better." - Joe Torre

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." - Bob Feller

All I want out of life, is that when I walk down the street folks will say, "There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived." --Ted Williams

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love. --Bryant Gumbel

Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, You gotta be ready to hit the curve. - --Jaja Q

If a man can beat you, walk him. --Leroy (Satchel) Paige

"One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something."
-Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame Pitcher

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

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." - Bob Feller

"If you're not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he'll be ready to take your job." - Brooks Robinson

"The hardest thing to do in baseball is to hit a round baseball with a round bat, squarely." - Ted Williams

"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

"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball." - Harry Caray

"It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life." -Mickey Mantle

"It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know." - Willie "Pops" Stargell

"It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!" - Ernie Banks, Paul Merrill

"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical." - Yogi Berra

"The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting." - Hank Aaron

"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

"A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." - Jim Bouton

"They should move 1st base back a foot to avoid all those close plays" - John Lowenstein

"I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter; that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit!" - Tim McCarver (St. Louis Cardinals catcher)

"When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and also join the circus. With the Yankees, I've accomplished both." -Craig Nettles

"I ain't ever had a job. I just always play baseball." -Satchel Paige (Kansas City Monarchs player)

"The only thing worse than a Mets game is a Mets doubleheader." -Casey Stengel on the 1962 Mets

"There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: build a fire, run a hotel, and manage a baseball team"-Rocky Bridges

"You can't hit what you can't see" -Walter Johnson

"Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking" -Gene Mauch

"The best thing about being a Yankee is getting to watch Reggie Jackson play every day. The worst thing about being a Yankee? Getting to watch Reggie Jackson play every day" -Graig Nettles

"The only way I'm going to get a gold glove is with a can of spray paint." -Reggie Jackson

"Baseball breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling all the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chilling rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." -A. Bartlett Giamatti, Former MLB Baseball Commissioner

"If a jury of your peers finds you not guilty, I will reinstate you back into baseball." Kinnesaw Mountain Landis, MLB Commissioner to Shoeless Joe Jackson after the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

"I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage." -Lefty Gomez

"I would think I drive most hitting coaches crazy. During one single at-bat I used six different stances on six pitches. Oh yeah, I also struck out. So what do I know?" -John Kruck, Philadelphia Phillies 1B

"People don't know this, but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it!" -Bob Uecker

"A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime - and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'" – Ted Williams

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens." – Tommy Lasorda

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

"Look at misfortune the same way you look at success - Don't Panic! Do you best and forget the consequences." – Walter Alston

"There is but one game and that game is baseball." – John McGraw

"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all." – Lou Gehrig

"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide." – Mickey Mantle

"Baseball is our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning." -Ronald Reagan

"Baseball? It's just a game - as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It's a sport, business - and sometimes even religion."
Ernie Harwell in 1955

"With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them. "
Art Hill in I Don't Care If I Never Come Back

"Say this much for big league baseball - it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America."
-Bruce Catton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

"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, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona." -George F. Will

"When he hit it, I knew that it was my ball. But I had to catch it and it seemed like the hardest catch of my life. I said to myself, 'Two hands, just like your dad taught you.'"
-Darin Erstad on catching the final out in Game 7

"Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter once said, 'It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned." -Gene Autry

"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 in Ball Four

"A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz."
-Humphrey Bogart

"The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love." -Bryant Gumbel

"Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose, unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction." -Robert Frost

"You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity...No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball."
-Albert Einstein

"It’s still the best game in town because you don’t have to be big to play, and everybody plays. Even your grandmother probably played baseball." -Tommy Lasorda

"Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball." – Mickey Mantle

"God, I just love baseball." - Robert Redford in The Natural (1984)

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

"I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown." -Hank Aaron

 I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want somebody else to go chase it. -Rogers Hornsby

"Little league baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the street." Berra, Yogi

"Congratulations on breaking my record. I always thought the record would stand until it was broken." Berra, Yogi

"That wouldn't be a Home Run in a phone booth." Caray, Harry, after a disappointing infield pop-up by a Cubs slugger

"Don't forget to swing hard in case you hit the ball." Held, Woodie

"Young man, if that bat comes down.... you're out of the game." Klem, Bill - to Jake Powell, who had just thrown his bat in the air

"I'm going to Radio Shack to buy one of those headsets like the broadcasters use. It seems as soon as you put one on, you get 100 times smarter." Leyva, Nick - Phiiles manager, on becoming tired of criticism from the TV booth

"The bases were drunk, and I painted the black with my best yakker. But blue squeezed me, and I went full. I came back with my heater, but the stick flares one other way and the chalk flies for two bases. Three earnies! Next thing I know, skipper hooks me and I'm snipping suds with the clubby." Lynch, Ed

".... if I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I'd wear a dress." Mantle, Mickey

"Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs." McCarver, Tim

 "See that? That cement head is thinking more about that girl than today's game. Remember, this son. One percent of ballplayers are leaders of men. The other 99 percent are followers of women." McGraw, Jon - to a rookie after spotting a player ogling a woman in the stands

"Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish whiskey. The other 10 percent I'll probably waste." McGraw, Jon - Phillie pitcher on how he intended to use his $75,000 salary

"You clowns can go on What's My Line in full uniforms and stump the panel." Meyer, Billy - manager of the Pirates, addressing his team after they had lost another of the 112 games they were to lose in 1952

"Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball." Murray, Jim

 "It's ridiculous that we are gathered here tonight to honor a man who made more than 7,000 outs." Prince, Bob - the Pirate announcer at Stan Musial's retirement dinner

"The batter still hits a grounder. But in this case the first bounce is 360 feet away." Quisinberry, Dan - as a Kansas City Royal on what happens when his sinker isn't working

 "Above anything else, I hate to lose." Robinson, Jackie

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

"Ed, you're the second-best umpire in the league. The other 23 are tied for first." Yastrzemski, Carl - To umpire Ed Runge, who credited Yaz with the best barb ever handed to an ump by a player

"Old-timers weekends and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they're successful." Stengeles-Casey, Stengel - As Dodger manager

 "The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided." Stengelese-Casey, Stengel

"When you play this game for 20 years, go to bat 10,000 times, and get 3,000 hits, do you know what that means? You've gone 0 for 7,000." Gargiola, Joe

"It's the only occupation where a man has to be perfect the first day on the job and then improve over the years." Runge, Ed - San Diego resident on his profession as an American League umpire

"I know, but I had a better year than Hoover." Babe, Ruth - reply when a reporter objected that the salary he was demanding was greater than that of President Hoover

"They have crooked arms. They throw crooked, they walk crooked and they think crooked. They even wear their clothes crooked. You have to figure they're a little crazy." Schact, Al - On left-handed pitchers

"Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel." Simon, Roger

"Cardinal rule for all hitters with two strikes on them: Never trust the umpire!." Smith, Robert -Quoted by William Safire and Leonard Safir in Words of Wisdom

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." Williams, Ted - The man with a lifetime .344 batting average, quoted several year after his retirement