Joe Adcock: "Trying
to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past
Dale Alexander: " I couldn't run and I couldn't
field, so when I got hurt, that was the end."
Hugh Alexander: "'I think they felt sorry for
me, I was 20 years old and there were only about 20 scouts in the entire league.
But all I knew was how to play baseball.''
''I never think about having one hand, I made up my mind to completely forget
about it. Driving down the highway, I may reminisce to myself, but I'm not
going to be sad about it. I said, 'I'm not going to let this kill me,' and
I know that's what made me a successful scout.''
Gene Autry: "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."
Rex Barney: "I should have been up there with
the greats, I should have gone right up the ladder in 1949, but too many rungs
Bo Belinsky: "How can a guy win a game if you don't
give him any runs?"
"Philadelphia fans would boo funerals, an Easter egg hunt, a parade of
armless war vets, and the Liberty Bell."
Moe Berg: "Good fielding and pitching, without hitting,
or vice versa, is like Ben Franklin's half pair of scissors."
Bill Bergen: "It was as if he was possessed. The ghosts got to him
and never let him go."
-on his late brother Marty shortly after he killed his family and them himself.
Wally Berger: "I never thought of records, I just liked to hit."
Bill Bevens: "I guess that's as close as you can
get. I was just happy to be there in the World Series"
Vern Bickford: "that was the prettiest curve ball
I ever threw."-commenting on ythe final pitch top duke Snyder that he
threw to complete his no-hitter of August 11th, 1950
"That was the biggest disapointment of my life."-commenting on failing
to win his 12th game in 1950
Frank Biscane: "I get a sore arm every year but I always work
Ping Bodie: I didn't room with him. I roomed with his suitcase. (On
Bob Bowman: I'm not a villan...every pitcher
in the league has been thanking me for hitting that son-of-a-bitch."
-after Bowman beaned Joe Medwick.
Tommy Bridges: "Why Mr. Summers (plate umpire Bill
Summers), don't you know that the spitter has been outlawed for years? How
would I ever learn to throw one?"
Ken Caminiti: "I owe my success to expansion pitching,
a short right field fence, and my hollow bats."
"Look at all the money in the game. A kid got $252 million. So I can't
say, 'Don't do it,' not when the guy next to you is as big as a house and
he's going to take your job and make the money."
"I've made a ton of mistakes. I don't think using steroids is one of
"It's no secret what's going on in baseball. At least half the
guys are using [steroids]. They talk about it. They joke about it with each
other. ... I don't want to hurt fellow teammates or fellow friends. But
I've got nothing to hide."
"I think it was more of an attitude. There is a mental edge that
comes with the injections. And it's definitely something that gets you more
intense. The thing is, I didn't do it to make me a better player. I did
it because my body was broke down."
"I got really strong, really quick. I pulled a lot of muscles.
I broke down a lot." I'm still paying for it. My tendons and ligaments
got all torn up. My muscles got too strong for my tendons and ligaments.
And now my body's not producing testosterone. You know what that's like?
You get lethargic. You get depressed. It's terrible."
Joe Cantillion: "This boy throws so fast you can't
see 'em and he knows where he is throwing, because if he didn't there would
be dead bodies all over Idaho." (Commenting on Walter Johnson)
Norm Cash: "Pro-rated at 500 at-bats per year, my 1,081
strike-outs would mean that for 2 years out of the 14 I played, I never touched
Eddie Cicotte: "I did it for the wife and kids." (On
why he participated in the 1919 Scandle)
Jim Curry: "Who did that? Did you do it?" (Jim
Curry asking who in the Yankee Clubhouse had tied up his street clothes in
Joe Dugan: "It's always the same, Combs walks, Koening singles, Ruth
hits one out of the park, Gehrig doubles, Lazzeri triples. Then Dugan goes
in the dirt on his can."
"Born? Hell, Babe Ruth wasn't born. He fell from a tree."
Jimmie Dykes: "The manager's toughest job is not calling
the right play with the bases full and the score tied in an extra inning game.
It's telling a ballplayer that he's through, done, finished."
Art Fletcher: "Gomez, you must be crazy. It took you
133 years to get to third base and you want to ruin it."
Curt Flood: "Dear Mr. Kuhn, After twelve years in the
major leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and
sold irrespective of my wishes"
"Everyobody thinks of baseball as a sacred cow. When you have the verve to
challenge it, people look down thier noses at you. There are a lot of things
wrong with a lot of industries...baseball is one of them."
Fred Haney: "He [Lew Burdette] would make coffee nervous."
Ted Kluszewski: "I'm not sure what the hell charisma is, but I get
the feeling it's Willie Mays."
How hard is hitting? You ever walk into a pitch-black room full of furniture
that you've never been in before and try to walk through it without bumping
into anything? Well, it's harder than that.
Mark Koenig: "He had such a beautiful swing, he
even looked good striking out." - Mark Koenig
Frank Lane: "There are only two things that will prevent
him from greatness: a knife and a fork."
Charlie Lau: "There are two theories on hitting the
knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works."
"Of all the Yankee Hitters, Thurman Munson was the one that scared me
the most when he came up. He had that swing and that heart, he was just totally
Nemo Leibold: "I don't owe baseball anything
and baseball doesn't owe me anything."
Dale Long: "You can
shake a dozen glove men out of a tree, but the bat separates the men from
Ron Luciano: "Throwing people out of a game is like
learning to ride a bicycle--once you get the hang of it, it can be a lot of
"No one ever grew up intending to be an umpire, except perhaps my friend Bill
Haller. His brother Tom wanted to be a catcher, so an affinity for masks must
run in that family."
"Umpire's Heaven is a place where he works third base every game. Home is
where the heartache is."
"Thurman Munson was easy to umpire behind. He never held a grudge if
I blew a call and was always a lot of fun to talk to, besides being a great
Roger Maris: "As a ballplayer, I would be delighted
to do it again. As an individual, I doubt if I could possibly go through it
again." (on breaking Ruth's 60 HR record)
Billy Martin: "It seems to me the official rule book
should be called the funny pages. It obviously doesn't mean anything. The
rule book is only good for you when you go deer hunting and run out of toilet
"He should shut his goddamn mouth up before I shut it up for him"
(on Boston Pitcher Bill Lee after Lee made comments about Martin's relationship
with his family)
"He was ready for anything back there."
-on Thurman Munson
"Thurman was one of the things you could always count on."
-on Thurman Munson
Thurman Munson: "Look, I like hitting fourth, and I
like the good batting average, but what I do every day behind the plate is
a lot more important because it touches so many more people, and so many more
aspects of the game."
"Go ask him who won the fight, he knows"
(Thurman telling reporters after a fight with Carlton Fisk)
"I'm a little too belligerent. I cuss and swear at people. I yell at
umpires and maybe I'm a little too tough at home sometimes. I don't sign as
many autographs as I should and I haven't always been very good with writers."
"I guess Graig hit him with his purse."-after a brawl where
Graig Nettles punched out Boston's Bill Lee
Danny Murtaugh: "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."
Bobo Newsome: "He has a weakness for doubles" (Speaking
About Joe DiMaggio during his 56 game hitting streak)
Wally Pipp: "I took the two most expensive
aspirins in history." - After being replaced by Lou Gehrig in the lineup
due to a headache.
Dan Quisenberry: "I became a better pitcher when
I found a delivery in my flaw."
"Once I tried to drown myself with a shower nozzle after I gave up a homer
in the ninth. I found out you can't."
"The batter still hits a grounder. But in this case the first bounce is
360 feet away." (On when his sinker stopped working)
"Natural grass is a wonderful thing for little bugs and sinkerball pitchers."
- Dan Quisenberry (Kansas City Royals pitcher)
"It helps to be stupid if you're a relief pitcher. Relievers had to get
into a zone of their own. I just hope I'm stupid enough."
"I've seen the future and it's much like the present, only longer."
On the best thing about baseball: "There's no homework."
"Most pitchers fear losing their fastball and, since I don't have one, the
only thing I have to fear is fear itself."
Paul Richards: "Tell a ballplayer something a thousand
times, then tell him again, because that may be the time he'll understand
Chico Ruiz: "Bench me or trade me."
Eric Show: You can pitch a gem and lose, but you
can't lose when you win.
Lou Sockalexis: "I have seen all the good outfielders
of the League, and I am just as good as any of them." (Washington Post,
May 20, 1897)
"If the small and big boys of Brooklyn find it a pleasure to shout
at me, I have no objections. No matter where we play, I go through the same
ordeal, and at the present time I am so used to it that at times I forget
to smile at my tormentors, believing it to be part of the game. (Brooklyn
Eagle, May 1897)
"Maybe someday I will be a great player, but not yet. I have a
good deal to learn and watch every player, some of whom may do something
of benefit to me to me another time."
"Will I succeed? Of course I will. You have no idea how anxious
I am to learn every trick and point of the game. There are many little things
that come up in nearly every game which are new to me, but the white players
are good to me, and are always ready to advise me. (Sporting Life, June
Jim Spencer: "Our first trip into Boston after Thurman
died, some assholes began chanting Munson sucks...totally classless."
Fresco Thompson: "Willie Mays and his glove: where triples go to
Sammy Vick: "A rabbit didn't have to think to know
what to do to dodge a dog...The same kind of instinct told Babe Ruth what
to do and where to be."
Harry Walker: When you're winning, they say you have
aggressive players when they spout off. When you're losing, they call it
One thing all managers hear that doesn't make any sense at all is for a
pitcher to say, "I ought to have a right to stay in and win or lose my own
game." He doesn't have that right. It isn't just his game. There are 24
other players who have a stake in it, plus the manager and the coaches,
and everybody else in the organization. All have worked to field the team
and are affected by what happens.
Bucky Walters: "There is no mystery to pitching."
"The object simply is to get the ball over."
"Each pitcher has to learn to make the most of what he has."
"Maybe it's time to revise pitching standards, and not expect a man to complete
half or three-quarters of the games he starts."
"I don't think it's necessary to enlarge the strike zone or bring back a
lot of mechanical pitches."
"If they want to do something for the pitchers, then let them raise the
seams on the ball."
"Pitchers will learn or figure out some way to get even with the hitters
and eventually stop them."
John M. Ward: "There was a time when the National League stood for
integrity and fair dealing. Today it stands for dollars and cents. Once
it looked to the elevation of the game and an honest exhibition of the sport;
today its eyes are on the turnstile... Players have been bought, sold and
exchanged as though they were sheep instead of American citizens."
Jack Warhop: "I did and what are you going to do
about it." (admitting to teammate Jim Curry that he had tied up his
street clothes in knots, and moments before Curry knocked him out)
Smokey Joe Wood: "I slept a real sleep last night
for the first time in many a night. When I wasn't lying awake thinking and
planning and fighting over that furious pennant race, I was dreaming restless
dreams about it."
Gene Woodling: "What can you say about Mickey after
you say he was one of the greatest? He had talent he didn't realize he had.
If he had [Joe] DiMaggio's serious bear-down attitude, there's no telling
how great he could have been. With his one good leg, he could outrun everyone."