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1. "Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading."
Author: Babe Ruth
2. "All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill."
Author: Babe Ruth
3. "I refuse to be molded into some stereotypical ballplayer that has no interests, really, no life, no depth, no intelligence."
Author: Barry Zito
4. "The more self-centered and egotistical a guy is, the better ballplayer he's going to be."
Author: Bill Lee
5. "The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud."
Author: Bob Uecker
6. "How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer."
Author: Branch Rickey
7. "A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance."
Author: Branch Rickey
8. "Two kinds of ballplayers aren't worth a darn: One that never does what he's told, and one who does nothin' except what he's told."
Author: Bum Phillips
9. "I was a ballplayer, but only for a limited time. I grew up playing in Wisconsin. It's a very sports-centric part of the country that I grew up in and I played a lot of sports, but baseball first and foremost. I played through high school. I was a middle-infielder."
Author: Chad Harbach
10. "A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater."
Author: Christy Mathewson
11. "A pitcher is not a ballplayer."
Author: Christy Mathewson
12. "As far as actors go, you're not going to find many ballplayers better than me."
Author: D. B. Sweeney
13. "My father never saw me play ball, and I was an outstanding ballplayer. I missed all that adoration."
Author: Danny Aiello
14. "If we can't be ballplayers together, maybe I can start bein' a Buddhist."
Author: David James Duncan
15. "All ballplayers want to wind up their careers with the Cubs, Giants or Yankees. They just can't help it."
Author: Dizzy Dean
16. "I haven't seen a player in this game, as long as I've been in it, that can't be pitched to... Barry is an outstanding ballplayer. I respect him an awful lot. I also have confidence in my pitchers that they can pitch to Barry Bonds and get him out."
Author: Frank Robinson
17. "I'm a ballplayer. I know how hard the game is... and anybody that makes it in the Hall of Fame, I support. They become a member of our special fraternity."
Author: George Brett
18. "I always could hit, but fielding I had to work at. I took as much pride in fielding as hitting. I became a complete ballplayer. I knew when to take the extra base. I knew about the outfielder hitting the cutoff man. I knew when and how to bunt. I knew when to hit-and-run."
Author: George Kell
19. "There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer."
Author: Honus Wagner
20. "I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way."
Author: Joe DiMaggio
21. "I'm a ballplayer, not an actor."
Author: Joe DiMaggio
22. "I've learned a lot playing college ball," Mark says."What you do in high school doesn't mean shit. You can be the best ballplayer in your high school. The best in the country or state, but when you get to college, you're going to meet fifty other guys who can brag the same thing. You'll meet guys better than you, stronger than you, faster than you, and then you're up against better teams. The world changes when you leave Groveton."
Author: Katie McGarry
23. "Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you."
Author: Leo Durocher
24. "The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all."
Author: Lou Gehrig
25. "It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now."
Author: Mickey Gilley
26. "To play 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer."
Author: Mickey Mantle
27. "Roger Maris was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was."
Author: Mickey Mantle
28. "Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that."
Author: Nomar Garciaparra
29. "When there were just eight teams in each of the big leagues, I was always told, 'It's hard to come up, but it's just hard to stay in the big leagues.' That's because there's always somebody. The Cardinals had so many minor league clubs and had so many good ballplayers."
Author: Red Schoendienst
30. "I'm just the same as anybody else now. To get TB again, I'd have to go out and catch a whole new case of it. Let's forget about it. I'm a ballplayer."
Author: Red Schoendienst
31. "The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are."
Author: Reggie Jackson
32. "As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game."
Author: Rex Stout
33. "The only real happiness a ballplayer has is when he is playing a ball game and accomplishes something he didn't think he could do."
Author: Ring Lardner
34. "What I say about actors is you always want to find an actor you can play ball with. You throw the ball at them and you want them to throw it back. Your ball playing is a lot better when you play with good ballplayers, like any sport. Every actor I know feels the same way."
Author: Robert Knepper
35. "I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth."
Author: Roger Maris
36. "Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a communist."
Author: Rogers Hornsby
37. "On the surface, there is something peculiar about turning a portion of one's happiness over to a collection of ballplayers, and perhaps more peculiar still is concerning oneself about ball games played decades before one's birth."
Author: Tom Swift
38. "I think that the game is the game. I think that expansion is good for the game because it gives more jobs to the people and more ballplayers can play, but I think the game is still the game. The ballplayers, they come into the game with one thing in mind - it's their job."
Author: Tony Oliva
39. "I'm glad there are organizations like Dale Murphy's I Won't Cheat Foundation. I'm glad there are athletes with standards and morals who kids can look up to and learn from. I'm glad that for every bad example my nephew sees today on ESPN that I can share with him stories about truly heroic ballplayers like Cal Ripken, Jr. or Dale Murphy or Kirby Puckett."
Author: Tucker Elliot
40. "What I found fascinating was just how quickly the best of the young Negro League players were drafted into the major leagues once Branch Rickey broke the color line by hiring Jackie Robinson. It was clear that all of the major league owners already knew the talents of the black ballplayers that they had refused to let into their league."
Author: Walter Dean Myers
41. "Twenty games is the magic figure for pitchers - .300 is the magic figures for batters. It pays off in salary and reputation. And those are the two things that keep a ballplayer in business."
Author: Warren Spahn
42. "Ballplayers, like everyone else, like to get told they did something right."
Author: Willie McCovey

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