100 Greatest Baseball Quotes

Looking for the best baseball quotes? We’ve compiled a great list of the top 100 famous inspirational baseball quotes and sayings.

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100 Famous Baseball Quotes

1. “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra

2. “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.” – Tommy Lasorda

3. “Baseball is a man maker.” – Al Spalding

4. “Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it’s about love, integrity, and respect.” – Pat Gillick

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5. “There are only five things you can do in baseball – run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.” – Leo Durocher

6. “There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.” – Casey Stengel

7. “Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion.” – Bill Klem

8. “Baseball is a game of inches.” – Branch Rickey

9. “This is a great thing that’s happening in baseball. We don’t know if it will ever happen again.” – Mark McGwire

10. “The great thing about baseball is there’s a crisis every day.” – Gabe Paul

11. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” – Juliana Hatfield

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12. “I didn’t understand anything about playing baseball. I started playing, and it was enjoyable. Most of my life, I played with older people on my team, in my league. I learned a lot about life. Every day in my life, I learned something new from somebody.” – Ernie Banks

13. “Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually.” – Curt Schilling

14. “Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.” – Pete Rose

15. “It was all I lived for, to play baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

16. “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

17. “Baseball life is a tough life on the family.” – Nolan Ryan

18. “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.” – Earl Weaver

19. “What you have to remember is that baseball isn’t a week or a month but a season – and a season is a long time.” – Chuck Tanner

20. “Baseball is a universe as large as life itself, and therefore all things in life, whether good or bad, whether tragic or comic, fall within its domain.” – Paul Auster

21. “In baseball you train the whole body, except for the hip and eyes.” – Rickey Henderson

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22. “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” – Lou Gehrig

23. “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” – Nolan Ryan

24. “The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know.” – Mickey Mantle

25. “I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.” – Carl Yastrzemski

26. “Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.” – Leo Durocher

27. “I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.” – Ryne Sandberg

28. “Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

29. “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.” – Sparky Anderson

30. “In baseball, there’s always the next day.” – Ryne Sandberg

31. “When I was coming up, I just wanted to play baseball and I’m doing what I love to do most. How can I feel pressure doing what I love to do?” – Miguel Cabrera

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32. “There’s nothing to it. Baseball isn’t that tough to play.” – Red Schoendienst

33. “To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” – Willie Stargell

34. “I’m a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup everyday. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession.” – Brooks Robinson

35. “You have to have a lot of little boy in you to play baseball for a living.” – Roy Campanella

36. “Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty year old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen year old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.” – Pete Rose

37. “In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it. You hit and get hit. Remember that.” – Alvin Dark

38. “If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have 10 more.” – Sammy Sosa

39. “If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.” – Yogi Berra

40. “I just want to play baseball.” – David Ortiz

41. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

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42. “You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” – Lou Brock

43. “A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.” – Bill Dickey

44. “No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.” – Casey Stengel

45. “My feeling is that when you’re managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot.” – Robin Roberts

46. “In baseball, you don’t know nothing.” – Yogi Berra

47. “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.” – Ted Williams

48. “No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball.” – Connie Mack

49. “Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez

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50. “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” – Yogi Berra

51. “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra

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52. “Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.” – Willie Mays

53. “Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it’s a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you.” – Chad Harbach

54. “You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

55. “I chose baseball because to me baseball is the best game of all.” – Dave Winfield

56. “There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.” – Ted Williams

57. “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” – Babe Ruth

58. “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.” – Walt Whitman

59. “I bet on the game of baseball and I bet on my team, even the mistakes I made, I have to take a different look at someone betting against their own team… that’s throwing the game.” – Pete Rose

60. “The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.” – Tom Seaver

61. “Baseball is an individual game, but it should never be a personal game.” – Pete Rose

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62. “Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing’s ever been as fun as baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

63. “No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.” – Paul Gallico

64. “Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game.” – Jim Jarmusch

65. “Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living.” – Alvin Dark

66. “In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.” – Tom Seaver

67. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” – Pete Rose

68. “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.” – Sparky Anderson

69. “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation.” – Temple Grandin

70. “I’m going to do my best to help the team play hard and help the team win… I’m just coming to play baseball.” – Asdrubal Cabrera

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71. “Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.” – Tommy Lasorda

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72. “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” – Joe DiMaggio

73. “Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.” – Ernie Harwell

74. “I like to see the difference between good and evil as kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It’s very thin, it’s made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.” – Harlan Coben

75. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams

76. “I love baseball. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids in a positive way. This gives me a chance to talk to some social issues.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

77. “Really, it’s not harder to train for them because once baseball starts you play everyday almost.” – Bo Jackson

78. “In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.” – Ernie Harwell

79. “Your job as a baseball player is to come to the park ready to play every day, and the manager, it’s his job to make those decisions about who plays.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

80. “Baseball hasn’t forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven’t lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.” – Bob Uecker

81. “The more you play baseball, the less depends on your athletic ability. It’s a mental war more than anything.” – Alex Rodriguez

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82. “You can talk about teamwork on a baseball team, but I’ll tell you, it takes teamwork when you have 2,900 men stationed on the U.S.S. Alabama in the South Pacific.” – Bob Feller

83. “Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.” – Casey Stengel

84. “The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.” – Jackie Robinson

85. “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” – Frank Robinson

86. “Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.” – Babe Ruth

87. “I stand by my belief that individual performances are the most important part of baseball.” – Earl Weaver

88. “Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I just kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes.” – Dan Rather

89. “We’re the best team in baseball, but not by much.” – Sparky Anderson

90. “I can honestly say it took two full years for me to get over the fact that I was no longer a baseball player.” – Nolan Ryan

91. “I owe baseball. Baseball don’t owe me a damn thing.” – Pete Rose

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92. “I always dreamed of making it in baseball, but life has moved pretty quickly for me.” – Mike Trout

93. “That’s one of the great gifts of this, the greatest of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summer never seemed to die and the assault of cynicism hadn’t begun to batter optimism.” – Mike Barnicle

94. “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” – Jackie Robinson

95. “A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” – Earl Wilson

96. “In baseball, you can’t kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why this is the greatest game.” – Earl Weaver

97. “I’ve always wanted to be the best in the world as a baseball player, so when I started to think about opening a business, it was with that mindset.” – Curt Schilling

98. “Back in my day, we didn’t think about money as much. We enjoyed playing the game. We loved baseball. I didn’t think about anybody else but the Cardinals.” – Stan Musial

99. “I was born to play baseball.” – Roberto Clemente

100. “Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.” – Joe Torre