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Quotations about Baseball

We, of America, have a National Game — a form of athletic pastime which is distinctively American. Our people recognize, among our diversified field sports, one standing apart from every other, outclassing all in its hold upon the interest and affection of the masses. It is American in its spirit, its character, and its achievements. Base Ball is our National Game. ~Albert G. Spalding, America's National Game: Base Ball, 1911  [a little altered —tg]

The game of Base-Ball, now very generally practiced, is one of the very best of out-door exercises... ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 October 17th  [Thanks, Zachary Turpin! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The birds are singing happily,
The sun is shining warm,
The teams are playing snappily,
And getting into form.
~"Romeo" Brooks, "Spring Fever," Baltimore and Ohio Magazine, April 1922  [Spring training! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The genius of our institutions is democratic; Base Ball is a democratic game. The spirit of our national life is combative; Base Ball is a combative game... Cricket is a gentle pastime. Base Ball is War!... But it is a bloodless battle; and when the struggle ends, the foes of the minute past are friends of the minute present, victims congratulating victors, conquerors pointing out the brilliant individual plays of the conquered. ~Albert G. Spalding, America's National Game: Base Ball, 1911

He may not score, and yet he helps to Win
Who makes the Hit that brings the Runner in.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Sport," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

The man who halted on third base to congratulate himself failed to make a home run. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, George Horace Lorimer, editor, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, 1906

My heart is full on the day I first go out to the ol' ball field… I love the smell of the horsehide, the grassy outfield and the dusty infield… I love the memories… the hopes… and the dreams for the new season… ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1965  [Charlie Brown —tg]

It is said that baseball is "only a game." Yes, and the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will, The Morning After: American Successes and Excesses, 1981–1986

Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror. ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997

A baseball game is twice as much fun if you're seeing it on the company's time. ~William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949

Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off... the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases. ~Rick Maksian

      Cricket is a splendid game, for Britons. It is a genteel game, a conventional game — and our cousins across the Atlantic are nothing if not conventional. They play Cricket because it accords with the traditions of their country so to do; because it is easy and does not overtax their energy or their thought. They play it because they like it and it is the proper thing to do. Their sires, and grandsires, and great-grandsires played Cricket — why not they? They play Cricket because it is their National Game, and every Briton is a Patriot. They play it persistently — and they play it well. I have played Cricket and like it. There are some features about that game which I admire more than I do some things about Base Ball.
      But Cricket would never do for Americans; it is too slow... but two hours of Base Ball is quiet sufficient to exhaust both players and spectators. An Englishman is so constituted by nature that he can wait three days for the result of a Cricket match; while two hours is about as long as an American can wait for the close of a Base Ball game — or anything else, for that matter... Cricket does not satisfy the red-hot blood of Young or Old America...
      Our British Cricketer, having finished his day's labor at noon, may don his negligee shirt, his white trousers, his gorgeous hosiery and his canvas shoes, and sally forth to the field of sport, with his sweetheart on one arm and his Cricket bat under the other, knowing that he may engage in his national pastime without soiling his linen or neglecting his lady. He may play Cricket, drink afternoon tea, flirt, gossip, smoke, take a whiskey-and-soda at the customary hour, and have a jolly, conventional good time, don't you know?
      Not so the American Ball Player... He may be the Swellest Swell of the Smart Set in Swelldom; but when he dons his Base Ball suit, he says good-bye to society, doffs his gentility, and becomes — just a Ball Player! He knows that his business now is to play ball... It may happen to be his business to slide; hence, forgetting his beautiful new flannel uniform, he cares not if the mud is four inches deep at the base he intends to reach... ~Albert G. Spalding, America's National Game: Base Ball, 1911

Cricket is baseball on Valium. ~Robin Williams, unverified

UMPIRE. A guessing machine used and abused in and about a baseball game. ~Noah Lott (George V. Hobart), The Silly Syclopedia, 1905

Vaseball:  a game of catch played by children in the living room. ~Russ Beland, Washington Post word contest, 1998

Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player. ~Author unknown

Base Ball is the American Game par excellence, because its playing demands Brain and Brawn... ~Albert G. Spalding, America's National Game: Base Ball, 1911

You can have the nine greatest individual ball players in the world, but if they don't play together the club won't be worth a dime. ~Babe Ruth

I believe the two greatest words in the English language are "Play ball!" ~Matt Williams, unverified

They are the two most beautiful words in the language of baseball — game seven. Game seven is a rare songbird. And as fickle as the autumn wind. The bounce of a ball, the slip of a pitch, the swing of a bat. Glory or gloom, in perpetuity, at every turn. ~Tom Verducci, 2017, Astros–Dodgers World Series Game 7  [a little altered –tg]

October is not only a beautiful month but marks the precious yet fleeting overlap of hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. ~Jason Love,

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. ~A. Bartlett Giamatti, "The Green Fields of the Mind," Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977

The woods smell like spring. I know it's too early, but I've reinstalled the Phillies baseball icon on the home page of my phone. ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), @Raqhun, tweet, January 2010

A good cigar is like a beautiful chick with a great body who also knows the American League box scores. ~M*A*S*H, "Bug-Out," 1976, written by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum  [S5, E1, Klinger]

There's a definite return to religion in this country. A recent poll showed that 62% of all Americans believe in miracles. Half are churchgoers and the rest are Cubs fans. ~Robert Orben, 2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches, 1984

What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs. ~Harry Caray, unverified  [Strikethrough, 2016. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Confucius say: "Baseball wrong — man with four balls cannot walk." ~Author unknown

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