102 Famous and Inspirational Baseball Quotes and Sayings

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in America. It’s also one of the games developed in America alongside basketball. Americans consider this sport as their “national pastime.”

Baseball is a game played using a bat, a ball, a glove between two opposing teams of nine players. The two teams alternate as fielders (defense) and batters (offense). The fielders must prevent the batters from becoming runners and advancing to different bases, while the batters must hit the ball and score as they push to different bases. The team that has scored the most runs by the end of the game wins.

If basketball has NBA, then baseball has the MLB or Major League Baseball. Some of its most famous players include Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig.

Swing that bat, hit that ball, and score that home run. Here are several of the best motivational baseball quotes and sayings.

1. “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

2. “On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.” — A. Bartlett Giamatti

"On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way." — A. Bartlett Giamatti #baseball #quotes #race

3. “In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.” — Tom Seaver

4. “Baseball life is a tough life on the family.” — Nolan Ryan

5. “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

6. “You have to go understand that life and baseball is littered with all kinds of obstacles and problems along the way. You have to learn how to overcome them to be successful in life.” — Dave Winfield

7. “Baseball is the president tossing out the first ball of the season. And a scrubby schoolboy playing catch with his dad on a Mississippi farm.” — Ernie Harwell

8. “Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.”Robert Frost

9. “Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.” — Bob Lemon

10. “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 five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.” — Earl Weaver

11. “Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.” — Leo Durocher

12. “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

"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 #baseball #quotes #life

13. “Boys, baseball is a game where you gotta have fun. You do that by winning.” — Dave Bristol

14. “To the people out there, baseball is a simple sport. But it is complex. It is never easy.” — Dave Winfield

15. “Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.” — Ernie Harwell

16. “Baseball was the darling of all sports back then.” — Marion Motley

17. “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

18. “Now there’s three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain.” — Casey Stengel

19. “Baseball hasn’t forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven’t lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.” — Bob Uecker

20. “The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round.” — Gaylord Perry

21. “Baseball is all about pitching, and we know we have to improve our pitching.” — Tom Hicks

22. “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 like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead." — Jackie Robinson #baseball #quotes #game

23. “A cloud hangs over baseball. It’s a cloud called drugs and it’s permeated our game.” — Peter Ueberroth

24. “Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become.” — Mary McGrory

25. “Baseball is a man maker.” — Al Spalding

26. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” — Juliana Hatfield

27. “Baseball was socially relevant, and so was my rebellion against it.” — Curt Flood

28. “Baseball is a game of inches.” — Branch Rickey

29. “Baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it.” — Bill Terry

30. “The great thing about baseball is there’s a crisis every day.” — Gabe Paul

31. “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

32. “Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball.” — Barry Bonds

"Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball." — Barry Bonds #baseball #quotes #players

33. “Baseball presents a living heritage, a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons past and the hope of next day, next week, next year.” — John Thorn

34. “Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it.” — Whitey Herzog

35. “Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance.” — Al Spalding

36. “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” — Yogi Berra

37. “The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.” — Tom Seaver

38. “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” — Lou Gehrig

39. “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” — Joe DiMaggio

40. “I was born to play baseball.” — Roberto Clemente

41. “Baseball gets better for whatever reason.” — Rafael Palmeiro

42. “Only in baseball can a team player be a pure individualist first and a team player second, within the rules and spirit of the game.” — Branch Rickey

"Only in baseball can a team player be a pure individualist first and a team player second, within the rules and spirit of the game." — Branch Rickey #baseball #quotes #game #rules

43. “Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.” — Ty Cobb

44. “What I miss when I’m away is the pride in baseball. Especially the pride of being on a team that wins.” — Billy Martin

45. “Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.” — Ted Williams

46. “A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.” — Reggie Jackson

47. “To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” — Willie Stargell

48. “You can’t get real happy or real depressed when you play baseball. Baseball is a great sport in that it offers a player a lot of opportunities for atonement.” — Mike Piazza

49. “Luck is the great stabilizer in baseball.” — Tris Speaker

50. “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

51. “Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray.” — Joe Garagiola

52. “Perhaps the truest axiom in baseball is that the toughest thing to do is repeat.” — Walt Alston

"Perhaps the truest axiom in baseball is that the toughest thing to do is repeat." — Walt Alston #baseball #quotes #axiom

53. “Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.” — Peter Ueberroth

54. “Baseball regards us as sheep.” — Curt Flood

55. “Baseball is only a game, a game of inches and a lot of luck. During a time of all-out war, sports are very insignificant.” — Bob Feller

56. “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

57. “Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.” — Willie Stargell

58. “Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously.” — Sydney Madwed

59. “A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.'” — Bill Dickey

60. “Baseball has been very good to me.” — Roberto Clemente

61. “Baseball was a dream I gathered more splinters than hits.” — Frank Perdue

62. “Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.” — Tommy Lasorda

"Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts." — Tommy Lasorda #baseball #quotes #home

63. “It was all I lived for, to play baseball.” — Mickey Mantle

64. “Baseball is this intense subculture that actually doesn’t speak very much for the larger culture.” — Michael Lewis

65. “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

66. “I never ride just to ride. I ride to catch a fox. I play baseball to make the team.” — Sargent Shriver

67. “Baseball hasn’t been the national pastime for many years now – no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television.” — Bob Greene

68. “Baseball player. Yeah, that was my dream before acting, or alongside acting.” — Shemar Moore

69. “When I began playing the game, baseball was about as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch.” — Ty Cobb

70. “Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience, has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.” — Bill Veeck

71. “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

72. “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.” — Red Barber

"Baseball is dull only to dull minds." — Red Barber #baseball #quotes #minds

73. “Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.”Babe Ruth

74. “Baseball is a rookie, his experience no bigger than the lump in his throat as he begins fulfillment of his dream.” — Ernie Harwell

75. “Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.” — Joe Garagiola

76. “It’s such a beautiful sport, with no politics involved, no color, no class. Only as a youngster can you play and as a pro can you win. The game has kept me young, involved and excited and for me to be up here with gems of baseball.” — Jack Buck

77. “Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.” — Pete Rose

78. “The genius of our institutions is democratic – baseball is a democratic game.” — Al Spalding

79. “Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion.” — Bill Klem

80. “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

81. “The greatest challenge I think is adjusting to not playing baseball. The reason for that is I had to come out of baseball and come into the business world, not being a college graduate, not being educated to come into the business world the way I should have.” — Willie Mays

82. “Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.”George Bernard Shaw

"Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended." — George Bernard Shaw #baseball #quotes #cricket

83. “Like baseball, food will never go out of style we will always need to eat and we will always find it entertaining. I think of food TV this way – all the fun and none of the calories.” — Gail Simmons

84. “Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.” — Melvin Maddocks

85. “I played baseball because I could make more money doing that than I could doing anything else.” — Bill Terry

86. “Never bet on baseball.” — Pete Rose

87. “Baseball needs to put the steroids era behind it by having and enforcing tough rules against all kinds of artificial advantages, so that spring can return.” — Marvin Olasky

88. “The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.” — Hank Aaron

89. “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.” — Earl Weaver

90. “Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.” — John Leonard

91. “A baseball manager is a necessary evil.” — Sparky Anderson

92. “There are only five things you can do in baseball – run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.” — Leo Durocher

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

93. “Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game.” — Jim Jarmusch

94. “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” — Babe Ruth

95. “In baseball, there’s always the next day.” — Ryne Sandberg

96. “No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.” — Casey Stengel

97. “Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished.” — Jim Sensenbrenner

98. “Baseball is a team game.” — Eddie Murray

99. “I play to represent God, something bigger than baseball.” — Albert Pujols

100. “The great thing about baseball is the causality is easy to determine and it always falls on the shoulders of one person. So there is absolute responsibility. That’s why baseball is psychologically the cruelest sport and why it really requires psychological resources to play baseball – because you have to learn to live with failure.” — Michael Mandelbaum

101. “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

102. “You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” — Lou Brock

"You can't be afraid to make errors! You can't be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it." — Lou Brock #baseball #quotes #master #crowd

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