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Baseball Quotes

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works.
- Charlie Lau, hitting coach extraordinaire

Is that the best game you ever pitched?
- An anon. reporter, interviewing Don Larsen after he had just thrown his WS perfect game

I had great control. I never missed hitting the other player's bat.
- Hall of fame 1st baseman Bill Terry

I've got my faults, but living in the past isn't one of them. There's no future in it.
- Sparky Anderson

He had a slider that looked like it hung right there and said "Crush me."
- Announcer about Pete Smith

Last year he wouldn't talk to me at all. We're not sure it was actually him. It might have been his twin brother Carl. This year I think we've got the real guy."
- Brady Anderson about Cal Ripken

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, ML manager, 1960-87

Today I told my little girl, "I'm going to the ballpark," and she asked "What for?"
- The Dodgers' Dave Anderson, commenting on his lack of playing time.

While he had a total of 40 home runs in his first two big-league seasons, it is unlikely that Aaron will break any records in this department.
- Furman Bisher, in a Saturday Evening Post article

Bob Gibson's the luckiest pitcher I've ever seen...He always picks the night to pitch when the other team doesn't score any runs.
ML catcher Tim McCarver

There'll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2:00 bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5:00.
- Dave Bristol, ML manager, 1966-80

The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor.
- The Cincinnati Gazette, 1879

The wind always seems to blow against catchers when they are running.
- Joe Garagiola, ML catcher, 1946-54

When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join a circus. With the Yankees, I've accomplished both.
- Graig Nettles, NYY third baseman

There's no telling what that ball was worth before I signed it.
- Gorman Thomas, after being asked to sign a ball autographed by Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Hank Aaron

The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.
- Earl Weaver, Orioles manager

Philadelphia fans would boo funerals, an Easter egg hunt, a parade of armless war vets, and the Liberty Bell.
- Bo Belinsky, Phillies pitcher

They shouldn't throw at me. I'm the father of five or six kids.
- Tito Fuentes, infielder

If Satch and I were pitching on the same team, we'd cinch the pennant by July Fourth and go fishing until World Series time.
- Dizzy Dean about Satchel Paige

I don't put any foreign substances on the baseball. Everything I use is from the good old USA.
- George Frazier, ML pitcher

There's a fly ball to right field. DEEP right field. It's outta here! Off the wall.
- NYM broadcaster Ralph Kiner

I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for $3,000. That bothered my dad at the time, because he didn't have that kind of dough to pay out. But eventually, he scraped it up.
- Bob Uecker, ML catcher

I couldn't see well enough to play when I was a boy, so they gave me a special job: They made me an umpire.
- Harry S. Truman

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