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Favorite Baseball Quotes

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Babe Ruth

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back
Babe Ruth

This game is won 90 feet at a time.
Steve Stone

You can't think and hit at the same time
Yogi Berra

Never permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.
Joe Maddon

Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure.
Tommy Lasorda

The key step for an infielder is the first one, but before the ball is hit.
Earl Weaver

It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
Pete Rose

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Warren Spahn

If you're going to be lucky you've got to think lucky.
Luke Appling

The more pitches you see, the more dangerous you become.
Hawk Harrelson

If my uniform doesn't get dirty, I haven't done anything in the baseball game.
Rickey Henderson

Hitting is fifty percent above the shoulders
Ted Williams

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
Yogi Berra

Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
Lou Brock

It's amazing what you can do in this game with a heart and a brain
Buddy Bell

I've found that you don't need to wear a necktie if you can hit.
Ted Williams

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Fans don't boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson

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

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

It's baseball. You've got to be the same guy every day, no matter if you go 4-for-4 or 0-for-4.
Gordon Beckham

I'm your new catcher and you just got lesson number one: Don't think, it can only hurt the ballclub.
Bull Durham

This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.
Bull Durham

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.
Bull Durham

The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.
Bob Lemon

Most games are lost, not won.
Casey Stengel

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
Casey Stengel

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven't made up their minds.
Casey Stengel

If you want to maximize your total potential ... you have to know yourself first.
Mark McGwire

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

It ain't braggin' if you can back it up.
Dizzy Dean

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
Joe DiMaggio

It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
Willie Mays

Never say never in this game because crazy stuff can happen.
Mark Buehrle

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
Vernon Law

Experience is something you get when you don't really want it.
Hawk Harrelson

You got to be bad before you're good.
Hawk Harrelson

You get what you earn.
Paul Konerko

You have to know what you’re doing and where you’re going. For some guys, the answer is just keep doing what you’re doing. For other guys, that might not be the case. It just depends on what kind you are.
Paul Konerko

It takes time to get the whole package. Freshmen can't be seniors.
Jim Leyland

If a ballplayer is satisfied, he's going to slip. You have to keep fighting to improve.
Nellie Fox

I look back now and realize you have to learn the system. Not kiss ass, but you have to learn the system.
Ozzie Guillen

You have to keep running. I always believed I was going to be safe.
Rickey Henderson

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Hank Aaron

I have baseball in my blood, baseball is all I've ever wanted to do.
Minnie Minoso

Hustle never goes in a slump.
Adam Eaton

When you get up to the plate, nobody's there to help you. You've got to do this on your own.
Ichiro Suzuki




You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky

Work hard or don't work at all.
Walter Payton

To think you can creates the force that can.
Orison Swett Marden

If things came easy, then everybody would be great at what they did.
Mike Ditka

No one has ever drowned in sweat.
Lou Holtz

Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.

An athlete's greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time he falls.
Norm Van Brocklin

Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.
Ron Blomberg

At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don't.
Andy Roddick

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
Harry Golden

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?        
Joe Namath

Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before.
Bonnie Blair

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
George Halas

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Pat Riley

Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better.
Paul Coffey

You don't win on emotion. You win on execution.
Tony Dungy

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti




You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
Pat Riley

You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.
Dale Earnhardt

A winner's strongest muscle is her heart.    
Cassie Campbell

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.    
Michael Jordan

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Vince Lombardi

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.              
John Madden

Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.
Pat Riley

You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
Pat Riley

Never let a win get to your head, or a loss to your heart. 
Public Enemy

It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.
Ernie Harwell

Believe in the hard work. Believe in the preparation. It's not a matter of if it'll work; it's a matter of when.
Tony Sparano


Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi

The thrill isn't in the winning, it's in the doing.
Chuck Noll 

Winning is the science of being totally prepared         
George Allen

The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead.
Chuck Noll 

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.         
John Wooden
A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.
Chuck Noll 
You've got to believe you can win. But I believe respect for the fact that you can lose is what you always have to keep in mind so that nothing suprises you.
Andre Agassi
Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.
Chuck Noll 
There are no heights you can't rise to when service trumps self-interest.
Bruce Bochy


If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
John Wooden

You can't make a great play until you first do it in practice.    
Chuck Noll

Good luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.         
Darrell Royal

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.        
Herschel Walker

Confidence comes from being prepared.       
John Wooden

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Vince Lombardi

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
John Wooden



The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.
Mike Ditka

Do or do not. There is no try.    

To be amazing means you have to do amazing things.   
Idan Ravin

Do not let what you can't do interfere with what you can do.         
John Wooden

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.      
Peter McWilliams

All glory comes from daring to begin.        
Eugene F. Ware

Success is uncommon, not to be found by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people.
Cal Stoll

Good luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Darrell Royal

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Fred Shero

Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, You gotta be ready to hit the curve.
Jaja Q

You can't depend on other people, you have to run your own race.
Joan Benoit-Samuelson

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
Bruce Lee

Those who live in the past are cowards and losers.
Mike Ditka

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
John Wooden

The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person's determination.
Tommy Lasorda



You haven’t taught until they’ve learned.
John Wooden

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
John Wooden

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
Lou Holtz

I learned this about coaching: You don't have to explain victory and you can't explain defeat.
Darrell Royal

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein

What I do for myself stays within me, what I do for others lasts a lifetime.
Mark Trestman



Inches make a champion.
Vince Lombardi

A true champion knows how to overcome doubts and manage those doubts and turn them into motivation.
Misty Hyman

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
John Wooden

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
Tom Watson

I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
Lou Holtz

A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.   
Jack Dempsey

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.     
Mia Hamm

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ''Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.      
Muhammad Ali

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.       
John Wooden

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
Billie Jean King

It's not where you start but where you finish.
April Heinrichs

If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
Chris Evert

If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today.
Lou Holtz

To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail
Michael Jordan

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Michael Jordan

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
Michael Phelps 

When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you.
Walter Payton






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