Baseball’s All-Time Notable Quotables

Willie Mays and his glove. Where triples go to die.”

That has always been one of my favorite baseball quotations. The quote and slight variations have been attributed to a variety of characters, everyone from former Los Angeles Dodgers executive Fresco Thompson to long-time Dodger announcer Vince Scully to the late Los Angeles sports columnist Jim Murray.

Who knows who said it first. Who cares. The image of Willie Mays racing across the green grass of the outfield to snare a long drive off the bat of Vic Wertz or Gil Hodges or Hank Aaron remains timeless.

That’s one of my favorite all-time baseball notable quotable. Here are 10 others, minus Yogi Berra, who gets a list all by himself.

You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.”
— Roy Campanella

“Billy Martin is a mouse studying to be a rat.”
— Writer John Schulian

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

“I believe in the Church of Baseball.  I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones.  I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms  and Isadora Duncan.  I know things.  For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball.  When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance.”
— Susan Sarandon as Annie Savoy, written by Ron Shelton, Bull Durham

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

“Hitting is timing.  Pitching is upsetting timing.”
— Warren Spahn

“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 seven years without ever hitting the ball.”
— Mickey Mantle

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

“I’d rather be lucky than good.”
— Lefty Gomez

“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


One Comment on “Baseball’s All-Time Notable Quotables”

  1. Ed says:

    One I use a variation on, all the time, from Ralph Kiner of all people:
    “Two-thirds of the world is covered by water.
    The other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox.”

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