Famous Baseball Quotes from Players, Managers and Announcers

by | Last updated May 4, 2023 | mlb

Listed below you’ll find famous baseball quotes from players, managers and announcers that will never soon be forgotten. Enjoy!

Casey Stengel: “Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.”
“All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.”

“Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.”

“I don’t know if he throws a spitball but he sure spits on the ball.”

“Most ball games are lost, not won.”

“The team has come along slow but fast.”

Hank Aaron: “The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.”

Mickey Mantle: “As far as I’m concerned, Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He’s never received the credit he’s due.”

Dale Murphy: “Playing baseball is not real life. It’s a fantasy world… It’s a dream come true.”

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

“You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the damn plate and five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.”

Bill Veeck: “Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”

George Steinbrenner: “I am dead set against free agency. It can ruin baseball.”

Nolan Ryan: “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.”

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

Spaceman Bill Lee: “Hell, if KY jelly went off the market, the whole California Angels pitching staff would be out of baseball.”

“I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. Baseball is the belly-button of our society. Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world.”

Billy Martin: “What I miss when I’m away is the pride in baseball. Especially the pride of being on a team that wins.”
“I really love the togetherness in baseball. That’s a real true love.”

Rickey Henderson: “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game.”

Reggie Jackson: “I am the best in baseball.”

Whitey Herzog: “Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it.”

Joe Garagiola: “I went through baseball as “a player to be named later.”

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

Ty Cobb: “Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.”

Sparky Anderson: “A baseball manager is a necessary evil.”

Ernie Banks: “It’s a great day to play two!”

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

George Brett: “I could have played another year, but I would have been playing for the money, and baseball deserves better than that.”

Yogi Berra: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”

“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”

“I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”

Rick Monday about the attempted flag burning: “What they were doing was extremely wrong as far as I was concerned, and to this day, I don’t know what I was thinking except bowl them over.”

Dale Berra regarding his father Yogi:”You can’t compare me to my father. Our similarities are different.”

Babe Ruth: “If I’d just tried for them dinky singles I could’ve batted around .600.”
“If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.”

“All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.”

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

Hank Aaron: “I don’t see pitches down the middle anymore – not even in batting practice.”

A. Bartlett Giamatti on the banning of Pete Rose: “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.”

Ted Williams: “A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine, to have people say, There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.”

Bob Uecker: “I led the league in “Go get ’em next time.”

Jack Buck: “It’s such a beautiful sport, with no politics involved, no color, no class. Only as a youngster can you play and as a pro can you win. The game has kept me young, involved and excited and for me to be up here with gems of baseball.”

Harry Caray: “Hello again, everybody. It’s a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball.”
“Holy Cow!”

Ernie Harwell: “I’d like to be remembered as someone who showed up for the job. I consider myself a worker. I love what I do. If I had my time over again, I’d probably do it for nothing.”

Famous Home Run Calls:

Jack Brickhouse: “Hey hey!”

Ernie Harwell: “Long gone!”

Vin Scully: “Forget it.”

Harry Caray: “It could be, it might be, It is! A home run!”

Chris Berman of ESPN: “Back, back, back, back… Gone!”

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson: “You can put it on the board.. Yessssssss!”

Dave Niehaus (Grand Slam call in which he emphatically screams:) “Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma, cause it’s GRAND SALAMI TIME!”

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