"Why does everyone stand up and sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game when they're already there?"
~ Larry Anderson
"They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball. And they tell you to hit it square."
~ Willie Stargell
"Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young."
~ Roger Angell
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
~ Jackie Robinson
"There have been only two geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare."
~ Tallulah Bankhead
"One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something."
~ Nolan Ryan
"No one can stop a home run. No one can understand what it really is, unless you have felt it in your own hands and body.... As the ball makes its high, long arc beyond the playing field, the diamond and the stands suddenly belong to one man. In that brief, brief time, you are free of all demands an complications."
~ Sadaharu Oh
"'m never satisfied. I can't stand satisifaction. To me, greatness comes from that quest for perfection."
~ Mike Schmidt
"The only way to prove you're a good sport is to lose."
~ Ernie Banks
"You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to Run forward! Bend! Scoop up the ball! Peg it to first! Then your body says who me?"
~ Joe DiMaggio
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time."
~ Jim Bouton
"I was never nervous when I had the ball, but when I let go I was scared to death."
~ Lefty Gomez
"I don't get upset over things I can't control, because if I can't control them there's no use getting upset. And I don't get upset over the things I can control, because if I can control them there's no use in getting upset."
~ Mickey Rivers
"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."
~ Lou Gehrig
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