More Baseball Sayings, Including Many Old-Time Baseball Quotes


More Baseball Sayings, Including Many Old-Time Baseball Quotes

Here is a collation of more baseball sayings and quotes, including many old-time baseball quotes from decades ago.

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”
– A. Bartlett Giamatti, “The Green Fields of the Mind,” Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977

“Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack.”
– Adam Morrow, quoted in Bill Simmons, “Letters from the Nation,” 20 October 2003

“There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem – once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.”
– Al Gallagher

“Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living.”
– Alvin Dark

“The place was always cold, and I got the feeling that the fans would have enjoyed baseball more if it had been played with a hockey puck.”
– Andre Dawson, on Montreal

“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

“A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.”
– Arthur Daley

“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”
– Barry Switzer

“It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.”
– Bill Klem, umpire

“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 is the only game left for people. To play basketball, you have to be 7 feet 6 inches. To play football, you have to be the same width.”
– Bill Veeck

“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

“It never ceases to amaze me how many of baseball’s wounds are self-inflicted.”
– Bill Veeck

“That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.”
– Bill Veeck

“The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between.”
– Bill Veeck

“This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There’s time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
– Bill Veeck

“What we have are good gray ballplayers, playing a good gray game and reading the good gray Wall Street Journal. They have been brainwashed, dry-cleaned and dehydrated!… Wake up the echoes at the Hall of Fame and you will find that baseball’s immortals were a rowdy and raucous group of men who would climb down off their plaques and go rampaging through Cooperstown, taking spoils…. Deplore it if you will, but Grover Cleveland Alexander drunk was a better pitcher than Grover Cleveland Alexander sober.”
– Bill Veeck

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

“I don’t care how long you’ve been around, you’ll never see it all.”
– Bob Lemon

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.”
– Bob Lemon

“You know it’s summertime at Candlestick when the fog rolls in, the wind kicks up, and you see the center fielder slicing open a caribou to survive the ninth inning.”
– Bob Sarlette

“The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up.”
– Bob Uecker

“Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.”
– Bob Veale

“A game of great charm in the adoption of mathematical measurements to the timing of human movements, the exactitudes and adjustments of physical ability to hazardous chance. The speed of the legs, the dexterity of the body, the grace of the swing, the elusiveness of the slide – these are the features that make Americans everywhere forget the last syllable of a man’s last name or the pigmentation of his skin.”
– Branch Rickey

“A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.”
– Brendan Francis

“Say this much for big league baseball – it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.”
– Bruce Catton

“The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.”
– Bryant Gumbel

“Strikeouts are boring – besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. More democratic.”
– Bull Durham (movie)

“Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.”
– Casey Stengel

“I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.”
– Casey Stengel

“There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work.”
– Charlie Lau

“It’s hard to win a pennant, but it’s harder losing one.”
– Chuck Tanner

“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, quoted in The Sporting News, 15 July 1985

“Pitchers, like poets, are born not made.”
– Cy Young

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.”
– Dave Barry

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