"After all my years, there are two things I've never got used to - haggling with a player over his contract and telling a boy he's got to go back." Source: From Sandlot to Big League (Connie Mack)
"An outfield composed of (Ty) Cobb, (Tris) Speaker
and (Babe) Ruth, even with Ruth, lacks the combined power of (Joe) DiMaggio, (Stan) Musial
and (Ted) Williams."
"Any minute, any day, some players may break a long standing record. That's one of the fascinations about the game, the unexpected surprises." Source: My 66 Years in the Big Leagues (Connie Mack)
"As one of nine men, (Joe) DiMaggio
is the best player that ever lived." Source: It Takes Heart (Mel Allen & Frank Graham, Jr.)
"Humanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together. When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles. This is as true of baseball teams as any other pursuit in life."
"If I had all the men I've ever handled and they were in their prime and there was one game I wanted to win above all others, Albert (Chief Bender)
would be my man." Source: Hall of Fame Yearbook (1989)
"I guess more players lick themselves that are ever licked by an opposing team. The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself."
"I never saw a man who juggled his (Casey Stengel) lineup so much and who played so many hunches so successfully."
"I suppose you know why I took you out. You see the American League record for striking out is five times in one game and I didn't want you (Jimmy Dykes) to tie it in your very first game." Source: Good for a Laugh (Bennet Cerf)
"Let him (Ty Cobb) sleep if he will. If you get him riled up, he will annihilate us."
was the greatest pitcher who ever lived. He had knowledge, judgment, perfect control and form. It was wonderful to watch him pitch when he wasn't pitching against you." Source: Hall of Fame Yearbook (1989)
"No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball." Source: The Sporting News (March 14, 1951)
"The game has kept faith with the public, maintaining its old admission price for nearly thirty years while other forms of entertainment have doubled and tripled in price. And it will probably never change."
"There has been only one manager, and his name is John McGraw." Source: The Giants of the Polo Grounds (Noel Hynd)
"You can't win them all."
"You're born with two strikes against you, so don't take a third one on your own." Source: The Sporting News (May 7, 1966)