Best Baseball Sayings of all time:
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.
It’s hard to win a pennant, but it’s harder losing one.
I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.
A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.
There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem – once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
~Baseball saying by: Robert Frost
Say this much for big league baseball – it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
The charm of baseball is that, dull as it may be on the field, it is endlessly fascinating as a rehash.
It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in 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.
~A. Bartlett Giamatti
No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
~Baseball saying by: Earl Wilson
Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.
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.
~George Bernard Shaw
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.
Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living.
When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball.”
I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball – you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.
When you’re in a slump, it’s almost as if you look out at the field and it’s one big glove.
~Baseball saying by: Vance Law
These old ballparks are like cathedrals in America. We don’t have big old Gothic cathedrals like they do in Europe. But we got baseball parks.
The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.
If it weren’t for baseball, many kids wouldn’t know what a millionaire looked like.
That’s baseball, and it’s my game. Y’ know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave ’em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It’s good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of ’em.
You see, 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.
~Baseball saying by: Jim Bouton
If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.
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.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.
Baseball is the only sport I know that when you’re on offense, the other team controls the ball.
Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.
Strikeouts are boring – besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. More democratic.
~From the movie Bull Durham
What are we at the park for except to win? I’d trip my mother. I’d help her up, brusher her off, tell her I’m sorry. But mother don’t make it to third.
~Baseball saying by: Leo Durocher
Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~Frederick B. Wilcox
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
Baseball wrong – man with four balls cannot walk.
~ Confucious sayings
Watching a spring training game is as exciting as watching a tree form its annual ring.
The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain’s free throws.
A ball player’s got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
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.
~Baseball saying by: Bill Veeck
Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them how to say: “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth has upped Daddy’s paycheck by fifteen to forty percent.”
Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.
~Attributed to both Joe Adcock and Curt Simmons
Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.
There are only five things you can do in baseball – run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.
~Baseball saying by: Bob Lemon
No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.
The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game.
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
They are supposed to be dispassionate dispensers of Pure Justice, icy islands of emotionless calculation. In short, umpires should be acute Republicans.
~George F. Will
Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.
Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
Pitchers, like poets, are born not made.
What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs.
~Baseball saying by: Harry Caray
You know you’re pitching well when the batters look as bad as you do at the plate.
There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work.
The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up.
A knuckleball is a curve ball that doesn’t give a damn.
Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything.
Baseball Slogans and Baseball Sayings
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I hope you are enjoying this page of baseball sayings. Here are a few baseball slogans you may enjoy as well. Use your favorite one to create your own baseball slogans t-shirt.
Every game is game seven
It’s about playing catch & throwing strikes
Shut up and pitch
No grass stains – no glory, No bruises – no story
Setbacks pave the way for comebacks
Hit, Run, Score!
Don’t make me slap you with my bat!
Baseball is life, the rest is just details.
Swing for the fences
There’s no crying in baseball
What happens on the field stays on the field
Chicks dig the bunt too
Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.
There’s no place like home
Raised in the cage
Ain’t no place like first place
More Great Baseball Sayings and Quotes
Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?
To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.
It never ceases to amaze me how many of baseball’s wounds are self-inflicted.
~Bill Veeck, The Hustler’s Handbook
A mystique of history and heritage surrounds the New York Yankees. It’s like the old days revived. We’re loved and hated, but always in larger doses than any other team. We’re the only team in any sport whose name and uniform and insignia are synonymous with their entire sport all over the world…. the Yankees mean baseball to more people than all the other teams combined.
Hating the New York Yankees is as American as apple pie, unwed mothers and cheating on your income tax.
Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport.
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.
Baseball isn’t a business, it’s more like a disease.
~Walter F. O’Malley
England and America should scrap cricket and baseball and come up with a new game that they both can play. Like baseball, for example.
Baseball is the only game left for people. To play basketball, you have to be 7 feet 6 inches. To play football, you have to be the same width.
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
Don’t park in the spaces marked, “Reserved for Umpires.”
Baseball fans are junkies, and their heroin is the statistic.
~Baseball saying by: Robert S. Wieder
The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between.
Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
~H. L. Mencken
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
~George Bernard Shaw
Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.
Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.
When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.
There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.
I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.
Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate.
There is but one game and that game is baseball.
With those who don’t give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can’t think of anything to say to them.
You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
~Baseball saying by: Leo Durocher
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 goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
It’s no coincidence that female interest in the sport of baseball has increased greatly since the ballplayers swapped those wonderful old-time baggy flannel uniforms for leotards.
Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.
~Norm Cash, on his 1,081 strikeouts
Sandy’s fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.
~Jim Murray, on Sandy Koufax
Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.
The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.
Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people.
A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.
~Baseball saying by: Arthur Daley
That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.
A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.
Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living.
Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it’s beginning to seem that way. We’re reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan or you can have a life. Take your pick.
This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There’s time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
I don’t know why people like the home run so much. A home run is over as soon as it starts…. The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home. It drags on and on. You’re never sure how it’s going to turn out.
~Baseball saying by: George Foster
Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.
The other sports are just sports, baseball is a love.
There have been only two geniuses in the world. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare.
Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.
Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime and they’re knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.
More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.
Baseball? It’s just a game – as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business – and sometimes even religion.
I don’t love baseball. I don’t love most of today’s players. I don’t love the owners. I do love, however, the baseball that is in the heads of baseball fans. I love the dreams of glory of 10-year-olds, the reminiscences of 70-year-olds. The greatest baseball arena is in our heads, what we bring to the games, to the telecasts, to reading newspaper reports.
Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that really matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the third decimal place of a batting average.
Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker’s responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams.
~Baseball saying by: Roger Kahn
Like those special afternoons in summer when you go to Yankee Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon for an eight o’clock game. It’s so big, so empty and so silent that you can almost hear the sounds that aren’t there.
Why does everybody stand up and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” when they’re already there?
All requests for leave of absence on account of grandmother’s funeral, sore throat, housecleaning, lame back, turning of the ringer, headaches, brain storm, cousin’s wedding, general ailments or other legitimate excuses must be made out and handed to the boss not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the game.
~Traditional gag notice hung in offices and factories at a time period when all games were played during daylight hours
Baseball is very big with my people. It figures. It’s the only way we can get to shake a bat at a white man without starting a riot.
Baseball is reassuring. It makes me feel as if the world is not going to blow up.
One of the chief duties of the fan is to engage in arguments with the man behind him. This department of the game has been allowed to run down fearfully.
It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL!
~Herbert H. Paper
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.
~Ron Shelton, Bull Durham
The great thing about baseball is that there’s a crisis every day.
~Baseball saying by: Gabe Paul
I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Don’t forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel.
You know it’s summertime at Candlestick when the fog rolls in, the wind kicks up, and you see the center fielder slicing open a caribou to survive the ninth inning.
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