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
Sensitive Inspirational Baseball quotations
It's not the disability that defines you;
it's how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with.
If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere
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.
They don't think it be like it is, but it do.
The best pitchers have a short term memory and a bullet proof confidence.
When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth.
You can't win them all but you can try.
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.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.
Nobody wanted me. Scouts told me to go to school, to forget baseball. Coaches said, 'You're never going to make it.' I appreciated their honesty, because I think when someone tells you something you may not like, you have to use that as fuel for motivation.
I'm a great believer in the character of the club.
To me, character has a lot to do with how you compete. That creates urgency and toughness. That elevates the talent that you have.
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
The best possible thing in baseball is winning The World Series.
The second best thing is losing The World Series.
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.
You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life.
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.
You will fall many times in life, but you will pick yourself up and become stronger and wiser for each trouble you pass.
Baseball is the only sport I know that when you're on offense, the other team controls the ball.
Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends.
I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.
Baseball is more than a game. It's like life played out on a field.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
The more that Japanese players go to the big leagues to play and succeed, the more that will serve to inspire young kids in Japan to want to become baseball players when they grow up.
Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.
NO MAN CAN AVOID BEING BORN AVERAGE, BUT NO MAN HAS TO STAY AVERAGE.
I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all those handshakes.
Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat.
Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.