The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews.
Show me a guy who can't pitch inside and I'll show you a loser.
People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.
If there was any magic formula, it was getting to pitch every fourth day.
I've got a lot of years to live after baseball and I would like to live them with the complete use of my body.
I think it's incredible because there were guys like Mays and Mantle and Henry Aaron who were great players for ten years... I only had four or five good years.
I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays. Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder.
A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that's the definition of a good pitcher.
When asked what makes a good manager of a baseball team: A good ball club.
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels like when Nolan Ryan's thrown balls by you.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.
What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game.... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability.
Baseball, my son, is the cornerstone of civilization.
The best thing about baseball is that you can do something about yesterday tomorrow.
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