August 1948, Ruth died of throat cancer and lay in state at Yankee
Stadium, the baseball cathedral built on the fruits of his work.
Ruth's funeral took place on a day of such heat that pallbearer
and former teammate Joe Dugan said, "I'd give a hundred dollars
for a beer." The old pitcher Waite Hoyt replied in Ruth's
spirit: "So would the Babe."
- Sent in by Mark Maxon
keep my eys clear and I hit 'em where they ain't."
Willie Keeler's famous explanation for his .432 average in 1897.
are a lot more important things in life than baseball. I just
haven't found out what they are yet"
Marty Schupak, creator of "The 59 minute Baseball Practice"
time's a charm is a lot better than three strikes you're out."
are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get
would like people not to think in terms of the 755 home runs I
hit but think in terms of what I've accomplished off the field
and some of the things I stood for."
motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or
feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing
to do was keep swinging."
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
nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing
way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have
the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they
don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."
about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now
the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth
will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When
that happens it won't matter if I get this guy out."
let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve.
Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray
when the sun shines."
Satchel Paige (1906-1982)
look back. Something might be gaining on you."
Christy Mathewson - Baseball
Card Issued by American Tobacco Company
(Source: Library of Congress, Prints
and Photographs Division - Lot 13163-18,
hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers
can learn little from victory. You can learn everything
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."
guy with the biggest stomach will be the first to take off
his shirt at a baseball game."
of silence, full crowds standing for "God Bless America"
in the seventh inning, cheers for firefighters -- all winding
down to Barry Bonds trying to hit home runs and a cast of
fools in the inlet giddily trying to catch them."
Chuck Culpepper, The Oregonian Sports Columnist, "Cruelest
month ends in a day by the Bay" - 10/01/01
"To me and many
others, the Mariners are the icon of the state of Washington,
and I'm proud of my state heritage, and how the Mariners are representing
it. . . However, in a day, a week, or a month's time, we may be
called out to a place where we cannot hear the news of the Mariners
winning the World Series. . . even though we are all weary and
uncertain about the future, we are definitely ready to defend
our country. That's our job. For all of those who play sports
back home, keep doing your job well."
Hospitalman Chris Reider of the U.S. Navy, 19 year old from Selah,
Washington on the USS Peleliu that is out to sea. (Source: Art
Thiel, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Medic
tells wounded America: Sports has a noble duty, too"
- October 9, 2001)
"'This is America,'
my father used to say to me, 'and in this country, a smart young
fellow like you can grow up and do just about anything.' My dad,
no doubt, was thinking doctor, lawyer, teacher, scientist or businessman.
I was thinking second baseman, New York Yankees."
Senator Joe Lieberman
"Fans don't boo
"You can't steal
second base and keep one foot on first."
Little League Motto
wrong with the Little League World Series that locking out the
adults couldn't cure."
Mike Penner, LA Times
"All the fat guys watch
me and say to their wives, 'See, there's a fat guy doing okay.
Bring me another beer.'"
Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers Pitcher
"I had a better year
than he did."
Babe Ruth, when told that President Hoover made less than the
$80,000 he was demanding in 1930.
"I struck out with
two men on base. I was so angry, so frustrated, I turned and without
even thinking about it, snapped my bat over my thigh. The bat
split right in half. Afterward, reporters asked me if it was the
first time I'd ever broken a bat over my thigh. "I broke an aluminum
bat over my knee in college," I said. (I was just kidding)."
"He hit the ball so
hard, I couldn't even turn around in time to see it go over the
Roger Clemens after Bo Jackson hit his 93 MPH fast ball over the
right center field fence for his first home run of the 1989 season.
"I am The Can, and
I am going to come right at you with my best shit, and if you
can hit it, I want to see how far Bo Jackson can hit The Oil Can."
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, Boston Red Sox Pitcher, to Bo Jackson before
Jackson hit his first pitch over the 71-foot high score board
in straight away center field at Fenway Park. (The ball landed
515 feet from home plate).
"Blind people come
to the park just to hear him pitch."
Reggie Jackson, commenting on Tom Seaver
"When they operated,
I told them to put in a Koufax fastball. They didbut it
was Mrs. Koufax's."
Tommy John, N.Y. Yankees pitcher, recalling his 1974 arm surgery
"There are a lot
of shots in golf I can't hit, but I try to hit them anyway. The
frustration is not there, because I'm still learning. But I really
know how to do this. I'm not just hoping to get it where I want
it... Let the other guys do it half-assed."
Greg Maddux, when asked why he got so angry at himself for two
bad pitches thrown in a hundred during practice. Tom Boswell,
"Controlling Force," from Playboy
"When I was a
small boy growing up in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing
and as we sat there in the warmth of a summer afternoon on a riverbank
we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up. I told him
that I wanted to be a real major-league baseball player, a genuine
professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like
to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I didn't teach
you that. Catch the ball with your glove."
Willie Mays remark to Kevin Mitchell after his famous bare-handed
"Just take the ball
and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes.
Home plate don't move."
"Hey big mouth,
how do you spell triple?"
Shoeless Joe Jackson's response to a heckler
"Hotter 'n hell, ain't
Babe Ruth, after meeting Calvin Coolidge
"When I played
ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles
had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies,
a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest."
Ty Cobb, Hall of Fame Outfielder