In a way an umpire is like a woman. He makes quick decisions,
never reverses them, and doesn't think you're safe when you're
Baseball is very big with my people. It figures. It's the
only time we can get to shake a bat at a white man without
starting a riot.
I am convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather
steal second base than an automobile.
Thomas Campbell Clark
Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is
more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
You can't tell how much spirit a team has until it starts
Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries
to hit him is a communist.
Never hit a man with glasses. Hit him with a baseball bat.
The pitcher wound up and he flang the ball at the batter.
The batter swang and missed. The pitcher flang the ball again
and this time the batter connected. He hit a high fly right
to the center fielder. The center fielder was all set to catch
the ball, but at the last minute his eyes were blound by the
sun and he dropped it.
If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a
millionaire looked like.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
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
A good cigar is like a beautiful chick with a great body who
also knows the American League box scores.
Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval
war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry
and base - in both senses - greed.
It gets late early out there.
His explanation for missing a ball in
People think we make $3 million and $4 million a year. They
don't realize that most of us only make $500,000.
The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series.
The second best thing is losing the World Series.
The last words to the 'Star Spangled Banner?' 'Play ball!'
I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the
bat and if it keeps up I change bats . . . After all, if I
know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get
mad at myself?
Nelly Kelly was sure some fan,
She would root just like any man,
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along, good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song.
Let me root, root, root for the home team.
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root root for the home team.
If they don't win it's a shame,
For it's one, two, three strikes you're out
At the old ball game.
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.
There are peaks and valleys in this game. We're in a valley
- Death Valley.
Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going
around the bases.
John W. Raper
Baseball is like a poker game, nobody wants to quit when he's
losing: nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
Baseball is a skilled game. It's America's game - it, and
Hating the (New York) Yankees is as American as pizza pie,
unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner
George Bernard Shaw
I believe in the church of baseball. I've tried all the major
religions and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha,
Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora
Duncan . . . The only church that feeds the soul, day in,
day out, is the church of baseball.
Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon)
Bull Durham (movie), script Ron Shelton.
I never realized how boring this game was. (watching baseball
Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs
somebody else hits.