"A fellow has to have faith in God above and Rollie Fingers
in the bullpen."
"A manager doesn't hear the cheers." Source: The Baseball Card Engagement Book (1990)
"Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist."
"A trade tells you exactly which side of the hill you're on. The terms, the numbers, are like billboards. You don't have to guess." Source: The Baseball Card Engagement Book (1990)
"Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That's baseball as it should be played - in God's own sunshine. And that's really living."
"Friendships are forgotten when the game begins."
"He is the only man (Sal Maglie) I've ever seen pitch a shutout on a day when he had absolutely nothing."
"In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it. You hit and get hit. Remember that."
"My impression of him (Denny McLain) is that he pitches as well as he has to. He doesn't worry about his ERA. He pitches to win. He's business like and he reacts to the score so he doesn't mind giving up a run or two. When it's close, he's tougher."
"Slow thinkers are part of the game too. Some of these slow thinkers can hit a ball a long way." Source: Baseball Digest (January 1968)
"The Giants were supposed to have a new motto, 'Shut up and deal.'"
"The Lord taught me to love everybody, but the last ones I learned to love were the sportswriters."
"There are surprisingly few real students of the game in baseball; partly because everybody, my eighty-three year old grandmother included, thinks they learned all there was to know about it at puberty. Baseball is very beguiling that way."
"There'll be a man on the moon before he (Gaylord Perry) hits a home run."
"The writers want to know were you made your mistake, no how well your curve is breaking."