180+Famous Inspirational Baseball Quotes And Sayings

Baseball Quotes: Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each, taking turns batting and fielding.It is a game  common in North America, the Caribbean, and Japan.

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“Ninety percent of this game is half mental.” — Yogi Berra

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“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation”. — Satchel Paige

You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to ‘Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,’ then your body says, ‘Who me?’
_ Joe DiMaggio

It ain’t nothin’ till I call it. — Bill Klem

There have been only two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. — Tallulah Bankhead

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 is a man on base. — Dave Barry

Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do? — George Bernard Shaw

The way to make coaches think you’re in shape in the spring is to get a tan. — Whitey Ford

Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees. — Tom Trebelhorn

I watch a lot of baseball on radio. — Gerald Ford

I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. — Babe Ruth

can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn’t know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink._Joe DiMaggio

If it weren’t for baseball, many kids wouldn’t know what a millionaire looked like._Phyllis Diller

I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
– Bob Eucker

He showed an early knack for giving up the home run — when he threw a hanging change-up, the ball would dangle in the air long enough to pose for pictures. _  Joe Posnanski, on Jose Lima

“Baseball is too much of a sport to be a business and too much of a business to be a sport.”_ Philip K. Wrigley

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

I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again  _ Casey Stengel

If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off. — Bill Veeck

Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs. — Tim McCarver

Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster. — Joe Adcock

The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. — Yogi Berra

Beethoven can’t really be great because his picture isn’t on a bubble gum card. — Charles Schulz

I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone. The ball just doesn’t get there as fast. — Eddie Bane

Third ain’t so bad if nothin’ is hit to you. — Yogi Berra

There’s no crying in baseball! — Tom Hanks

“I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some bar.” — Bob Lemon

Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. — Hank Aaron

After Jackie Robinson, the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson. — Reggie Jackson

We know we’re better than this, but we can’t prove it. — Tony Gwynn

It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays. — Yogi Berra

If a horse won’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it. — Dick Allen on artificial turf

“You don’t realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.”_Mickey Mantle

Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today. — Anonymous, St. Louis

All I remember about my wedding day in 1967 is that the Cubs lost a doubleheader. — George F. Will

There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if you’re a ballplayer. — Honus Wagner

Us ballplayers do things backward. First we play, then we retire and go to work. — Charlie Gehringe

The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller. — Curt Flood

Sure I played, did you think I was born age 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you? — Casey Stengel, to Mickey Mantle

“When you start the game, they don’t say “Work ball!” They say “Play ball!” — Willie Stargell

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works. — Charlie Lau

The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. — Bob Uecker

Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time? — Yogi Berra

The majority of American males put themselves to sleep by striking out the batting order of the New York Yankees. — James Thurber

A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz. — Humphrey Bogart

He’s the strangest hitter in baseball. Figure him out one way and he’ll kill you another. — Sandy Koufax on Roberto Clemente

As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit — and parking as close to the stadium as possible. — Bill Vaughan

Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting. — Yogi Berra

A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I’d rather walk with the bases loaded. — Ken Singleton

I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball. — Pete Rose

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

Lasorda’s standard reply when some new kid would ask directions to the whirlpool was to tell him to stick his foot in the toilet and flush it. — Steve Garvey

“If you don’t succeed at first, try pitching.” — Jack Harshman

“The Hall of Fame is for baseball people. Heaven is for good people. “— Jim Dwyer


“So I’m ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face”. — Yogi Berra

“He looks like a greyhound, but he runs like a bus. “— George Brett on teammate Jamie Quirk

“The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor.” — Cincinnati Gazette

Inspirational Baseball  Quotes 

“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

“Baseball is a man maker.” – Al Spalding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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


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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

“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.

“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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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


“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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

Baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it._ Bill Terry

Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa._ Bob Veale

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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.

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

“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

“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.

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

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