well, they oughta know…

Jim Bouton - Vintage baseball 2007


Ricky Henderson17 March 2019 – “I love playing this game and every spring training feels like the first.” – Rickey Henderson





3 March 2018 – “I can’t play any more. I can’t hit the ball when I need to. I can’t steal second when I need to. I can’t go from first to third when I need to. I can’t score from second when I need to. I have to quit.” – Mickey Mantle



Yogi Berra 2




22 April 2017 – “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra






11 March 2017 – “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” –  Lou Gehrig







18 April 2016 – “Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become” – Mary McGrory






3 June 2014 -“So, baseball is probably more physical of the two mentally.” – Bo Jackson




22 February 2014 -“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

2 January 2014 – “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.” – Leo Durocher

13 December 2013 – “I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.” – Bob Lemon

18 November 2013 – “You can’t win all of the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.” – Yogi Berra

10 November 2013 – “I don’t like the subtle infiltration of ‘something for Branch Rickey Cracker Jack Cardnothing’ philosophies into the very hearthstone of the American family. I believe that ‘Thou shalt earn the bread by the sweat of thy face’ was a benediction and not a penalty. Work is the zest of life; there is joy in its pursuit.” – Branch Rickey

25 October 2013 – “A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” – Earl Wilson

17 October 2013 – Talking about Oakland A’s owner Charles O. Finley’s heart surgery: “It took eight hours? Seven and a half to find the heart.” – Steve McCatty

10 October 2013 – “Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter.” – Al Spalding

1 October – “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

26 September – “My favorite umpire is a dead one.” – Johnny Evers

20 August – “There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if you’re a ballplayer.” – Honus Wagner

31 July – “The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass all the time.” – Catfish Hunter

9 July – “They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.” – Ted Williams

21 June – I find a longer version of that Walt Whitman quote – and I also find that there is some question as to whether or not he really said this. But it’s a good quote, and, if he didn’t say it, I’ll bet he wishes he had:
“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.”

19 June – “That’s the way baseball go.” – Ron Washington

13 June – “I see great things in baseball.” – Walt Whitman

11 June – “If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.” – Yogi Berra

30 May — “If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.” – Ted Williams

24 May — “All baseball fans can be divided into two groups: those who come to batting practice and the others. Only those in the first category have much chance of amounting to anything.” – Thomas Boswell.

1 May – “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” – Leo Durocher

5 April – Came across this quote the other day: “In a world filled with hate, prejudice, and protest, I find that I too am filled with hate, prejudice and protest.” – Bob Gibson

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