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A baseball bat is a wondrous weapon.
- Ty Cobb
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Abbott: Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third. Costello: That's what I want to find out.
- Lou Costello
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After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.
- Mickey Mantle
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All I want is for my case to be heard before an impractical decision-maker.
- Pete Rose
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All the ballparks and the big crowds have a certain mystique. You feel attached, permanently wedded to the sounds that ring out, to the fans chanting your name, even when there are only four or five thousand in the stands on a Wednesday afternoon.
- Mickey Mantle
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As far as I'm concerned, Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due.
- Mickey Mantle
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As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it.
- Leo Durocher
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Aw, how could he (Jorge Orta) lose the ball in the sun, he's from Mexico.
- Harry Caray
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Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.
- Peter Ueberroth
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Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game.
- Edward Abbey
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Baseball is like church. Many attend; few understand.
- Leo Durocher
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Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
- George Will
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But god-damn, to think you're a .300 hitter and end up at .237 in your last season, then find yourself looking at a lifetime .298 average - it made me want to cry.
- Mickey Mantle
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Buy a steak for a player on another club after the game, but don't even speak to him on the field. Get out there and beat them to death.
- Leo Durocher
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By the time you know what to do, you're too old to do it.
- Ted Williams
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Candlestick was built on the water. It should have been built under it."
- Roger Maris
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Fans, don't fail to miss tomorrow's game.
- Dizzy Dean
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For the parents of a Little Leaguer, a baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown into innings.
- Earl Wilson
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Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.
- Leo Durocher
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God watches over drunks and third baseman.
- Leo Durocher
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Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century.
- Mickey Mantle
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Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.
- John W. Raper
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Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
- Mickey Mantle
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How you play the game is for college ball. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters.
- Leo Durocher
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I always loved the game, but when my legs weren't hurting it was a lot easier to love.
- Mickey Mantle
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I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?
- Leo Durocher
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I come to win.
- Leo Durocher
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I don't care who you are, you hear those boos.
- Mickey Mantle
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I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'
- Mickey Mantle
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I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me: the umpires and the rules.
- Leo Durocher
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I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.
- Leo Durocher
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I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
- Willie Mays
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I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
- Gerald Early
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I would always sing it (Take Me Out To The Ball Game), because I think it's the only song I knew the words to!
- Harry Caray
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I'd rather hit than have sex.
- Reggie Jackson
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I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do.
- Mickey Mantle
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I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life. I look at baseball as a game. It's something where people can go out, enjoy and have fun. Nothing more.
- Harry Caray
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If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third. (on catcher Mide Scioscia)
- Tommy Lasorda
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If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, "Sorry, Mom," but nobody beats me.
- Leo Durocher
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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
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In order to become a big-league manager you have to be in the right place at the right time. That's rule number one.
- Leo Durocher
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In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.
- Leo Durocher
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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the 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
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It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
- Hank Aaron
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It was all I lived for, to play baseball.
- Mickey Mantle
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It's the fans that need spring training. You gotta get 'em interested. Wake 'em up and let 'em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.
- Harry Caray
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It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
- Mickey Mantle
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My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
- Mickey Mantle
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Nobody ever won a pennant without a star shortstop.
- Leo Durocher
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Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third.
- Bud Abbott
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Now, you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season, where do you think I`ll spend it? The ballpark. I still love it. Always have, always will.
- Harry Caray
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On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
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Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
- H. L. Mencken
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People think we make $3 million and $4 million a year. They don't realize that most of us only make $500,000.00.
- Pete Incaviglia
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Roger Maris was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was.
- Mickey Mantle
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Scholars concede but cannot explain the amazing chemistry of Cub fans' loyalty. But their unique steadfastness through thin and thin has something to do with the team's Franciscan simplicity.
- George Will
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Some guys are admired for coming to play, as the saying goes. I prefer those who come to kill.
- Leo Durocher
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Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'
- Mickey Mantle
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Sometimes I sit in my den at home and read stories about myself. Kids used to save whole scrapbooks on me. They get tired of them and mail them to me. I'll go in there and read them, and you know what? They might as well be about Musial and DiMaggio, it's like reading about somebody else.
- Mickey Mantle
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Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else's brain, who knows how good a player I might have been.
- Mickey Mantle
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The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is a sad end if a sorry episode. One of the game's greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
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The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
- Casey Stengel
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The kid doesn't chew tobacco, smoke, drink, curse, or chase broads. I don't see how he can possibly make it.
- Richie Ashburn
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The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It's the only thing I know.
- Mickey Mantle
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The triple is the most exciting play in baseball...Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron
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There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.
- Leo Durocher
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There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
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They (Expos fans) discovered 'boo' is pronounced the same in French as it is in English.
- Harry Caray
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To play 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.
- Mickey Mantle
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Today's Little Leaguers, and there are millions of them each year, pick up how to hit and throw and field just by watching games on TV. By the time they're out of high school, the good ones are almost ready to play professional ball.
- Mickey Mantle
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Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.
- Mickey Mantle
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Well, that was a cliff-dweller.
- Wes Westrum
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What are we out at the park for, except to win?
- Leo Durocher
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When I hit a home run I usually didn't care where it went. So long as it was a home run was all that mattered.
- Mickey Mantle
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Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres!
- Jerry Coleman
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You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it.
- Leo Durocher
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You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
- Mickey Mantle
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You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
- Leo Durocher
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You know they're not going to lose 162 consecutive games.
- Harry Caray
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