Baseball Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old baseball quotes, baseball sayings, and baseball proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand. Leo Durocher
I do what I've trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching. I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher's mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three. Barry Lyga
Baseball is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action. John Irving
Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder- and nothing more. Philip Roth
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. Ted Williams
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. Roy Campanella
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. Paul Gallico
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. Earl Wilson
I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery. Ty Cobb
Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror. George Carlin
Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you. Chad Harbach
The thing I like about baseball is that it's one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it's your mistake. If you hit a home run, it's your home run. Hank Aaron
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. James Patrick Murray
Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical. Yogi Berra
In baseball, you can't kill the clock. You've got to give the other man his chance. That's why this is the greatest game. Earl Weaver
The crack of the bat, the sound of baseballs thumping into gloves, the infield chatter are like birdsong to the baseball starved. W. P. Kinsella
Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it after you catch it is a business. Tommy Henrich
A pitcher has to look at the hitter as his mortal enemy. Early Wynn
Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts. Tommy Lasorda
Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal. Pete Rose
I throw the ball ninety-two miles an hour, but they hit it back just as hard. Joaquin Andujar
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution. Hank Aaron
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is, is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps. Willie Mays
After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases. Mickey Mantle
I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. Yogi Berra
The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting. Hank Aaron
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast. Joe Garagiola
Baseball is the only sport I know that when you're on offense, the other team controls the ball. Ken Harrelson
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. Bill Veeck
Baseball is a man maker. Al Spalding
The formula for success is simple practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth
Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best game in the world. Babe Ruth
Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. Babe Ruth
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there. Bo Jackson
You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball. Cal Ripken
Baseball was different. Schwartz thought of it as Homeric – not a scrum but a series of isolated contests. Batter versus pitcher, fielder versus ball. You couldn’t storm around, snorting and slapping people, the way Schwartz did while playing football.You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready. Chad Harbach
Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life. Ernie Harwell
Close doesn't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades. Frank 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
One of the beautiful things about baseball is the history. James Anthony Abbott
Never save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain. Leo Durocher
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing your whole life. Mickey Mantle
Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball. Mickey Mantle
I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball. Pete Rose
You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be in baseball and in life. Pete Rose
A hitter's impatience is the pitcher's biggest advantage. Pete Rose
If my uniform doesn't get dirty, I haven't done anything in the baseball game. Rickey Henderson
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. Robert Frost
I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player. Roberto Clemente
You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of a man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it. Roger Kahn
People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it. Sandy Koufax
Baseball is also a game of balance. Stephen King
There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened. Tommy Lasorda
Remember these two things play hard and have fun. Tony Gwynn
Baseball was 100% of my life. Ty Cobb
They give you a round bat, and they throw you a round ball, and then they tell you to hit it square. Willie Stargell
When you start the game, they don't say 'Work Ball!' They say, Play ball. Willie Stargell
Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. Yogi Berra
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. Yogi Berra
The game of baseball isn't over until it's over. Yogi Berra