Herewith, our collection of the 25 most famous, insightful or funny quotes about Our National Pastime -- in order (says us): "You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time."
2 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
"I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball."
3 of 25Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
Bill "Spaceman" Lee
"Baseball's a very simple game. All you have to do is sit on your butt, spit tobacco, and nod at the stupid things your manager says."
4 of 25Tim Boyle/Newsmakers/Getty Images
"Throw him low smoke and we'll go pound some Budweiser." -- the Seattle Pilots manager's one-size-fits-all advice to his pitchers, often cited in Jim Bouton's classic book, Ball Four .
5 of 25Charles Colon/TSN/Icon SMI
"The good Lord was good to me. He gave me a strong body, a good right arm and a weak mind."
6 of 25Jerry Cooke/SI
"I went through baseball as a player to be named later."
7 of 25Al Messerschmidt/WireImage
"The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up." Honorable mention: "I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up."
8 of 25Jon SooHoo/SI
"Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day...Aren't we all?"
9 of 25Ray Stubblebine/Icon SMI; Tony Triolo/SI
"Winfield goes back to the wall, he hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base. This is a terrible thing for the Padres."
10 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
"My goals are to hit .300, score 100 runs, and stay injury-prone." Honorable mention: "We'll do all right if we can capitalize on our mistakes."
11 of 25The Sporting News/ZUMA Press/Icon SMI; Nancy Rica Schiff/SI
"Cadillacs are down at the end of the bat." -- The Pirates' slugger on why he didn't choke up. Honorable mention: "If Casey Stengel were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave."
12 of 25TSN/Icon SMI
"I'd like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee."
13 of 25Olen Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images
"I won't be active in the day-to-day operations of the club at all." -- upon purchasing the Yankees in 1973. (He proceeded to become the most meddlesome owner in the history of sports.) Honorable mention: "Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa."
14 of 25David E. Klutho/SI
"There is nothing so limited as being a limited partner of George Steinbrenner."
15 of 25Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
"When I was a little boy I wanted to be a baseball player and join the circus. With the Yankees, I've accomplished both."
16 of 25Larry Goren/Icon SMI; Walter Iooss Jr./SI
"The evil empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America." -- on the Yankees' signing of Cuban free agent pitcher Jose Contreras.
17 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
"I'm the straw that stirs the drink." Honorable mention: "The only reason I don't like playing in the World Series is I can't watch myself play."
18 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
"You gotta believe!"
19 of 25George Silk/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
"Don't look back, something might be gaining on you." Honorable mention: "My pitching philosophy is simple - keep the ball way from the bat."
20 of 25Mark Kauffman/SI
"Can't anybody here play this game?" -- to his lovably awful 1962 Mets, who went 40-120. Honorable mention: "Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa"
21 of 25John Durant/SI Picture Collection
Wee Willie Keeler
"I keep my eyes clear and I hit 'em where they ain't."
22 of 25Charles M. Conlon/The Sporting News/Icon SMI
"Nice guys finish last."
23 of 25FPG, APA/Getty Images
Anonymous young fan
"Say it ain't so, Joe." -- to Chicago outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson, who was accused of helping the "Black Sox" throw the 1919 World Series.
24 of 25John G. Zimmerman/Time Life/Getty Images
"It's a great day for a ballgame. Let's play two!"
25 of 25John G. Zimmerman/SI
"It ain't over `til it's over." The beloved Hall of Famer deserves his own gallery, but we'll also give honorable mention to: "Ninety percent of this game is half mental" and "If people don't want to come out the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?"
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