"I had a ball on the way to the plate and there was no way to call it back. So, I had Augie
foul this pitch down the left field line. He fouled for six minutes and forty-five seconds. My voice was riding in pitch and threatening to crack - and then, bless him, Curly started typing. I clutched at the slip. It said: 'Galan
popped out on the first ball pitched."
"I just know its an ugly rumor that you and I (Gaylord Perry) are the only two people left alive who saw Abner Doubleday throw out the first pitch."
"I never cared for baseball... because I was ball-shy at batting. When I stood at the plate, the ball appeared out of nowhere about two feet in front of me. I was always the last chosen for a side in any game."
"I think we ought to nail his (Qadhafi) nuts to that log over there (the Orioles dugout bench) and push him over."
"I wouldn't even complain if a stray ball came through the Oval Office window now and then."
"Nostalgia bubbles within me and I might have to be dragged away (1981 Hall of Famers Luncheon at the White House)."
"One day at Catalina, Charlie Grimm, the Cubs' manager bawled me out for not even showing up at the practice field. How could I tell him that somewhere within myself was the knowledge I would no longer be a sports announcer."
"(baseball is) our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning."
"This is really more fun than being President. I really do love baseball and I wish we could do this (1983 Old-Timers Game) on the lawn every day."
"You know in a few months I'm going to be out of work and I thought I might as well audition." - Broadcasting September 30, 1988