Some day I'm going to have to stand before God, and if He asks me why I didn't let that [Jackie] Robinson fellow play ball, I don't think saying 'because of the color of his skin' would be a good enough answer.— Branch Rickey
Memorable Good Baseball quotations
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games.
No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
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 win through bad sportsmanship that's no real victory.
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.
That's baseball, and it's my game. Y' know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave 'em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It's good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of 'em.
In life you are going to make mistakes, you're going to fall down, but it's the getting up that counts. Just like in baseball: you'll get a few hits, but most likely, you'll strike out more than you'll get on base. But don't quit. Find your focus, relax, take a deep breath and give it a good swing
When I went blind at 13, I realized that I wasn't going to be a good baseball or basketball player like I enjoyed before. It forced me to look beyond the obvious, to things that I could still do well.
I'd rather be a good person off the field than a good baseball player on the field.
Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.
Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success.
Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.
So many good things have happened to me in the game of baseball.
When I do allow myself a chance to think about it, it's almost like a storybook career. You feel so blessed to have been able to compete this long.
A good professional athlete must have the love of a little boy.
And the good players feel the kind of love for the game that they did when they were Little Leaguers.
Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.
Cub fans, by consensus, are the best in baseball.
Year after year, in good times and (mostly) bad, they turn out in vociferous numbers, sustaining themselves with a heavenly ichor that combines loyalty, criticism, cheerfulness, durability, rage, beer and hope, in exquisite proportions.
Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
What's tough is being good every day.
The great thing about baseball is when you're done, you'll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989, I'll tell them I had amnesia.
I want to thank the good lord for making me a yankee
I wanted to definitely be a musician or a good preacher or a heck of a baseball player. I couldn't play ball too good - I hurt my finger, and I stopped that. I couldn't preach, and well, all I had left was getting into the music thing.
No matter what I do on the baseball field, no matter how hard I try to be a good player, no matter how hard I try to be a good father or a good husband, I can never do enough. I can never be perfect in this world. But God's there to tell me that it's not what you do, it's whom you believe in and it's Him loving me.
Baseball players tend to have something like 20 good years in them and then around their mid-thirties they aren't in the same shape as the young guys in the league and kind of aren't worth as much. Then they retire before 40. And they are left floating adrift in the middle of the ocean.
When people discover they are no good at baseball or hockey, they put away their bats and their skates and they take up amateur golf or stamp collecting or gardening. But when people discover they are no good at picking stocks, they are likely to continue to do it anyway.
It gives me great peace to know that no matter how good or how bad I do, the Lord loves me. That's all that really matters to me. Baseball isn't what everything is about. It's about the way I'm being a Christian husband, a Christian father, or the way I'm living my life and trying to be a Christian testimony to people.
I wanted to be a baseball player, naturally, but I wasn't good enough.
I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. I just had a kind of energy, I was a fairly happy kid.
Put the right pitching mechanics together with good health, and there's nothing surprising about lasting a long time.
Baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
If you're a singer you lose your voice.
A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
When I was in Kansas City everything was going well for me.
My marriage was good and I was very successful in baseball but something was missing in my life. That something was Christ. Every human being is born with a little defect in his heart. That defect is a hole in the heart that can only be filled by Jesus Christ.
I don't know what drives me to succeed.
I know I want to always do the best I can.I guess I was maybe in little league baseball as far as I wanted to be good at that. But school, I certainly wasn't the best at that.