quote by Walter Annenberg

Don't worry about it. Babe Ruth struck out on occasion, too.

— Walter Annenberg

Most Powerful Babe Ruth quotations

We'll put an asterisk next to Barry Bonds' name, sure, as soon as we put one next to Babe Ruth's name. Getting to break records before black people were allowed to play? Excuse me, where is that asterisk?

I don't want people to forget Babe Ruth. I just want them to remember Henry Aaron.

A-Rod wants to be like Babe Ruth. And people don't realize this, he's a lot like Babe Ruth. Before the playoffs a couple of years ago, A-Rod went to the hospital and promised a dying kid he'd ground out to second for him.

The press still considers me one of the most laid-back athletes since Babe Ruth.

That's supposed to be a criticism, but I consider it a compliment because I think being carefree on the course is one of the secrets to scoring well consistently

He (Babe Ruth) was very brave at the plate.

You rarely saw him fall away from a pitch. He stayed right in there. No one drove him out.

I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays.

(Babe) Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as (Willie) Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder.

He was a parade all by himself, a burst of dazzle and jingle, Santa Claus drinking his whiskey straight and groaning with a bellyache... Babe Ruth made the music that his joyous years danced to in a continuous party... What Babe Ruth is comes down, one generation handing it down to the next, as a nation heirloom.

When I first came to Yankee Stadium I used to feel like the ghosts of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were walking around in there.

I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth.

Don't compare me to Babe Ruth. God gave me the opportunity and the ability to be here at the right time, at the right moment, just like he gave Babe Ruth when he was playing. I just hope I can keep doing what I've been doing - keep taking care of business.

Hopefully I can become the Babe Ruth of the World Wrestling Federation and be the champion at the same time.

Mr. Rickey, I'll put more people in the park than anybody since Babe Ruth.

Now I've had everything except for the thrill of watching Babe Ruth play.

Don't let failure get you down. Babe Ruth struck out over 1,300 times.

In 1961, when Maris broke Babe Ruth's record, he wasn't intentionally walked once. Mickey batted after Roger, and nobody was going to put a man on base with Mantle coming up to the plate.

We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.

Born? Hell, Babe Ruth wasn't born. He fell from a tree.

Baseball has traditionally possessed a wonderful lack of seriousness.

The game's best player, Babe Ruth, was a Rabelaisian fat man, and its most loved manager, Casey Stengel, spoke gibberish. In this lazy sport, only the pitcher pours sweat. Then he takes three days off.

He (Babe Ruth) hits a ball harder and further than any man I ever saw.

You can't judge a man by watching him live.

. . . I personally watched Babe Ruth at bat three times, and he struck out every time. But at the very time that I was watching him strike out, the record said that he was the greatest home-run king who ever lived.

Babe Ruth made a great mistake when he gave up pitching.

Babe Ruth was great. I'm just lucky.

Babe Ruth was the home-run king of his time, but also the strikeout king.

The home run became glorified with Babe Ruth.

Starting with him, batters have been thinking in terms of how far they could hit the ball, not how often.

I can't recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth.

Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them to say: God bless mommy, God bless daddy, and God bless Babe Ruth! He's upped daddy's paycheck by 15 to 40 percent!

Why shouldn't we pitch to Babe Ruth? We pitch to better hitters in the National League.

Honestly, at one time I though Babe Ruth was a cartoon character.

I really did, I mean I wasn't born until 1961 and I grew up in Indiana.

It was funny, when I thought of it afterward, how Ruth and Gehrig looked as they stood there. The Babe must have been waiting for me to get the ball up a little so he could get his bat under it.

Babe Ruth was not afraid to strike out.

And it was this fearlessness that contributed to his remarkable career.

I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance.

If you have a vote for the most significant athlete, then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth, then you have Michael Jordan.

I've had heroes in my life - Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth.

This guy from L.A. sits down next to me, and he says "you like baseball?" I said, "Oh, man, I love baseball." So he goes "Did you know that if Jesus had played ball, he'd have been the greatest ball player ever?" Like I'm gonna argue with that logic. So I sat there for a second, and then I said "did you know that if Babe Ruth had been the Messiah, the Catholics would have beer and hot dogs at Communion?" He left.

I hope he (Babe Ruth) lives to hit one-hundred homers in a season.

I wish him all the luck in the world. He has everybody else, including myself, hopelessly outclassed.