During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.— Mickey Mantle
Jittery Famous Baseball quotations
Character is built by striving to be kind, not famous.
You can't win them all but you can try.
The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game.
The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game.
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.
Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport.
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
It actually giggles at you as it goes by.
It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
A good base stealer should make the whole infield jumpy.
Whether you steal or not, you're changing the rhythm of the game. If the pitcher is concerned about you, he isn't concentrating enough on the batter.
If you're not having fun in baseball, you miss the point of everything.
The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain's free throws.
Baseball games are like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two are ever alike.
Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living.
Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma, cause it's GRAND SALAMI TIME!
I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
I led the league in go get 'em next time.
I never thought home runs were all that exciting.
I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown.
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is a sad end if a sorry episode. One of the game's greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement.
Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.
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.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.
I want to thank the good lord for making me a yankee
I didn't really say everything I said.
My mum lives in Boston; she's famous for teaching wushu and t'ai chi. So from when I was young, my mum and aunt were like: 'You're training; you're not playing baseball or football.' Training every day was normal. Later, when I was almost a teenager, Bruce Lee became my idol.
One of the beautiful things about baseball is the history.
When you're in a slump, it's almost as if you look out at the field and it's one big glove.
A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime.
All I have is natural ability.
A baseball game is twice as much fun if you're seeing it on the company's time.
Baseball is the only sport that lets the managers and coaches go out onto the field and rant and rave
When you're famous you can't go to Topshop.
Even when I disguise myself in a moustache, baseball cap, sunglasses - the full Madonna kit - it doesn't work: my stupid face is too big.
I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don't understand is how he lost five.
Stan Hack has as many friends in baseball as Leo Durocher has enemies
You can't compare me to my father. Our similarities are different.
I can honestly say it took two full years for me to get over the fact that I was no longer a baseball player.
Playing baseball is not real life. It's a fantasy world... It's a dream come true.