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  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.  
 -  Jackie Robinson
  

  Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.  
 -  Jackie Robinson
  

  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.  
 -  Jim Murray
  

  The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round.  
 -  Gaylord Perry
  

  The hardest thing to believe about The Fan is not that Robert De Niro is stalking somebody again but that anyone cares that much about a baseball player.  
 -  Bernie Lincicome
  

  I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.  
 -  Walt Whitman
  

  Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms.  
 -  Branch Rickey
  

  There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.  
 -  Ted Williams
  

  There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.  
 -  Casey Stengel
  

  There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.  
 -  Leo Durocher
  

  Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball.  
 -  Mickey Mantle
  

  Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.  
 -  Willie Mays
  

  Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?  
 -  Jim Bouton
  

  If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like.  
 -  Phyllis Diller
  

  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 damn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.  
 -  Earl Weaver
  

  Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.  
 -  Yogi Berra
  

  There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.  
 -  Ted Williams
  

  A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.  
 -  Earl Wilson
  

  Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually.  
 -  Curt Schilling
  

  If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.  
 -  Babe Ruth
  

  I know a baseball star who wouldn't report the theft of his wife's credit cards because the thief spends less than she does.  
 -  Joe Garagiola
  

  Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.  
 -  Willie Mays
  

  The difference between winning nineteen games and winning twenty for a pitcher is bigger than anyone out of baseball realizes. It's the same for hitters - someone who hits .300 looks back on the guy who batted .295 and says 'tough luck buddy.  
 -  Warren Spahn
  

  Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand.  
 -  Wes Westrum
  

  There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.  
 -  Lou Gehrig
  

  Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success.  
 -  Sparky Anderson
  

  People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.  
 -  Sandy Koufax
  

  Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics.  
 -  Ernie Banks
  

  I think it puts baseball back on the map as a sport. It's America's pastime and just look at everyone coming out to the ballpark. It has been an exciting year.  
 -  Mark McGwire
  

  I'm human and I've played my butt off for ten years. I'm not a loafer, I'm not a jerk, I'm a baseball player.  
 -  Reggie Jackson
  

  What you have to remember is that baseball isn't a week or a month but a season - and a season is a long time.  
 -  Chuck Tanner
  

  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.  
 -  Dick Gregory
  

  Baseball is dull only to dull minds.  
 -  Red Barber
  

  I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it.  
 -  Carl Yastrzemski
  

  Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.  
 -  Tommy Lasorda
  

  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 of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.  
 -  Nolan Ryan
  

  Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.  
 -  Yogi Berra
  

  Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is.  
 -  Bob Feller
  

  It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.  
 -  Hank Aaron