Baseball Quotes

Baseball Quotes have always inspired me and captured all the things that are great about the great game of baseball (and softball).




These are some of my favorite quotes.

They come from a wide cross section of fans, writers, players, and others.

Use these quotes to motivate you to be better as a fan or as a player.

Baseball Quotes from former Big League Players

It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two! ~ Ernie Banks






I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball. ~ Pete Rose

You see, 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, Ball Four, 1970

The longer you live, watch, play, and study baseball, the more the prior baseball quote holds true - just my observation - Coach Andy

You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. ~Roy Campanella

I've come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen. ~Bob Lemon, 1981

This following baseball quote sounds so much like Don Drysdale and the old style school of baseball:

The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid. ~Don Drysdale, quoted in New York Times, 9 July 1979

To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback. ~Steve Hovley, 1969

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

The above baseball quote reminds me of another great quote that I can't find an author to:

There are two seasons in sport: Baseball and the Void.

Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels like when Nolan Ryan's throwing balls by you. ~Reggie Jackson

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, when Wrigley Field didn't have lights

What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brusher her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third. ~Leo Durocher

Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead. ~Jackie Robinson

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

When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart. ~Tim McCarver, who caught all of Steve Carlton's games, 1977

The following baseball quote isn't really about baseball, but it uses baseball terms to describe an everyday event as seen through the eyes of a ballplayer.

Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968






Baseball Quotes from the Movies

If I see a kid without a smile on his face I remind him of this baseball quote from the Rookie:

Do you know what we get to do today Brooks? We get to play baseball. ~ Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) in The Rookie (2002)

Other baseball quotes from the movies:

Jimmy Dugan: Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that.
Dottie Hinson: It just got too hard.
Jimmy Dugan: It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great! ~Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) and Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) A League of Their Own (1992)





"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again. ~James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams (1989)

God, I just love baseball. ~Robert Redford in The Natural (1984)

I believe in the Church of Baseball. I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. ~Ron Shelton, Bull Durham, 1988

A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz. ~Humphrey Bogart

Baseball Quotes from the Writers, Announcers and other observers of the game

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, 1990

Baseball? It's just a game - as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It's a sport, business - and sometimes even religion. ~Ernie Harwell, "The Game for All America," 1955

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

I don't love baseball. I don't love most of today's players. I don't love the owners. I do love, however, the baseball that is in the heads of baseball fans. I love the dreams of glory of 10-year-olds, the reminiscences of 70-year-olds. The greatest baseball arena is in our heads, what we bring to the games, to the telecasts, to reading newspaper reports. ~Stan Isaacs, "Diamond-Studded Memories," Newsday, 9 April 1990

Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people. ~Steve Busby, in Washington Post, 8 July 1974

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love. ~Bryant Gumbel, 1981

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

Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it's beginning to seem that way. We're reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan or you can have a life. Take your pick. ~Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, 13 April 1990

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

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

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too. ~Greg, age 8

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, 1976

It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL! ~Herbert H. Paper, in Cincinnati Enquirer, 2 April 1989

I had to include this in baseball quotes because it describes the best play I ever saw in baseball as it was called by my favorite baseball announcer.

All year long they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire and all year long he answered the demands. High fly ball into right field. She is gone! [pause] In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened. ~ Vin Sculley’s call of Kirk Gibson’s only At-Bat in the 1988 World Series

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