I name (Honus) Wagner first on my list, not only because he was a great batting champion and base-runner, and also baseball's foremost shortstop, but because Honus (Wagner) could have been first at any other position, with the possible exception of pitcher. In all my career, I never saw such a versatile player.— John McGraw
The most interesting John McGraw quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Learn to know every man under you, get under his skin, know his faults.
Then cater to him - with kindness or roughness as his case may demand.
There is but one game and that game is baseball.
With my team I am an absolute czar. My men know it. I order plays and they obey. If the don't, I fine them.
Get in front of the ball, you won't get hurt. That's what you've got a chest for, young man.
If I had to pick the greatest team player in baseball today-and I have some of the greats on my own club-I would have to pick Pie Traynor.
The boy's (Hack Wilson) got talent and desire, but he ain't got no neck.
The main idea is to win.
Sportsmanship and easygoing methods are all right, but it is the prospect of a hot fight that brings out the crowds.
(Bill) Terry, you can ask for more money in the winter and do less in the summer than any ballplayer I know.
In playing or managing, the game of ball is only fun for me when I'm out in front and winning. I don't give a hill of beans for the rest of the game.
Why shouldn't we pitch to Babe Ruth? We pitch to better hitters in the National League.
The main thing is to win.
The team that gets off to a good start wins pennants.
He (Honus Wagner) was the nearest thing to a perfect player no matter where his manager chose to play him.
I think we can win it if my brain holds out.
No club that wins a pennant once is an outstanding club.
One which bunches two pennants is a good club. But a team which can win three in a row really achieves greatness.
My boy, one small breeze doesn't make a wind storm.
One percent of ballplayers are leaders of men. The other 99 percent are followers of women.
The way to get a ball past (Honus) Wagner is to hit it eight feet over his head.
Cobb would have to play center field on my all time team.
But where would that put Speaker? In left. If I had them both, I would certainly play them that way.
You think the greatest thing in the whole world would be to become a baseball player - if best things already happened, what's next?