If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.
1564 — 1616
I’d rather be the Yankees catcher than the president, and that makes me pretty lucky, I guess, because I could never be the president.
In 1938 to State Department operative and former White Sox catcher Moe Berg, who offered to trade his knowledge of baseball for Einstein's knowledge of mathematics:
I think you would learn mathematics faster.
1879 — 1955
It’s easy to get good players. It’s getting them to play together that is the tough part.
1890 — 1975
Can’t anybody here play this game?
1890 — 1975
Baseball is the only major sport that looks backwards in a mirror.
1937 — 2008
Golf: a good walk spoiled.
1835 — 1910
The difference between individual intelligence and group intelligence is the difference between Harvard University and the Harvard University football team.
P. J. O’Rourke
The Phillies offered me a contract to come back in January. The only contingency was that I had to lose twenty. So I lost twenty, reported to spring training, only to find there was a huge misunderstanding. They were talking years, not pounds.
1944 — 2004
Listen to the ump. He says, “Play ball,” not “Work ball.”
1940 — 2001
On the 1981 baseball strike:
O, Sovereign Owners and Princely Players, masters of amortization, tax shelters, bonuses, and deferred compensation, go back to work.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
1938 — 1989
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.
I set some records that will never be equalled. In fact, I hope half of them don’t even get printed.
If I played today I’d be a million-dollar player. Is that scary or what?
Upon winning the 1982 Rolaids Award as the American League's best relief pitcher:
I want to thank all the pitchers who couldn’t go nine innings, and manager Dick Howser who wouldn’t let them go.
1953 — 1998
Close doesn’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.
We Justices must confront what is indeed an awesome responsibility. It has been rendered the solemn duty of the Supreme Court of the United States, laid upon it by Congress in pursuance of the Federal Government’s power “[t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States,” to decide What Is Golf. I am sure that the Framers of the Constitution, aware of the 1457 edict of King James II of Scotland prohibiting golf because it interfered with the practice of archery, fully expected that sooner or later the paths of golf and government, the law and the links, would once again cross, and that the judges of this august Court would some day have to wrestle with that age-old jurisprudential question, for which their years of study in the law have so well prepared them: Is someone riding around a golf course from shot to shot really a golfer? The answer, we learn, is yes. The Court ultimately concludes, and it will henceforth be the Law of the Land, that walking is not a “fundamental” aspect of golf.
Justice Antonin Scalia
PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin (00-24)
May 29, 2001
I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens it won’t matter if I get this guy out.
Bill “The Spaceman” Lee
Discussing the possibility that his former team, the Montreal Expos, may move to Washington:
The only way I’m coming to Washington is if I am elected. And if I do, I will paint the White House pink and turn it into a Mexican restaurant.
Bill “The Spaceman” Lee