"Chuck him (Honus Wagner) the ball as hard as you can and pray." Source: George Plimpton in Out of My League (1966)
"(Ty) Cobb would have to play center field on my all time team. But where would that put (Tris) Speaker? In left. If I had them both, I would certainly play them that way." Source: Lee Allen in Kings of the Diamond (1965)
"Get in front of those balls, you won't get hurt. That's what you've (Heinie Groh) got a chest for young man."
"He (Honus Wagner) was the nearest thing to a perfect player no matter where his manager chose to play him."
"I name (Honus) Wagner first on my list, not only because he was a great batting champion and base-runner, and also baseball's foremost shortstop, but because Honus (Wagner) could have been first at any other position, with the possible exception of pitcher. In all my career, I never saw such a versatile player." Source: The Sporting News (12/06/1995)
"I think we can win it if my brain holds out." Source: Widely Attributed
"In playing or managing, the game of ball is only fun for me when I'm out in front and winning. I don't give a hill of beans for the rest of the game." Source: Noel Hynd in The Giants of the Polo Grounds (1988)
"Learn to know every man under you, get under his skin, know his faults. Then cater to him — with kindness or roughness as his case may demand." Source: Literary Digest (1914)
"My boy, one small breeze doesn't make a wind storm."
"No club that wins a pennant once is an outstanding club. One which bunches two pennants is a good club. But a team which can win three in a row really achieves greatness." Source: Babe Ruth in The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
"One percent of ballplayers are leaders of men. The other ninety-nine percent are followers of women."
"Sportsmanship and easygoing methods are all right, but it is the prospect of a hot fight that brings out the crowds." Source: The Baseball Card Engagement Book (1989)
"(Bill) Terry, you can ask for more money in the winter and do less in the summer than any ballplayer I know."
"The boy's (Hack Wilson) got talent and desire, but he ain't got no neck."
"The main idea is to win." Source: Widely Attributed
"There is but one game and that game is baseball." Source: Widely Attributed
"The team that gets off to a good start wins pennants." Source: Widely Attributed
"The way to get a ball past (Honus) Wagner is to hit it eight feet over his head."
"Why shouldn't we pitch to Babe Ruth? We pitch to better hitters in the National League." Source: AP Wire (1921 World Series)
"With my team I am an absolute czar. My men know it. I order plays and they obey. If the don't, I fine them." Source: Douglass Wallop in Baseball: An Informal History (1970)
"You think the greatest thing in the whole world would be to become a baseball player — if best things already happened, what's next?" Source: AP Wire / Retirement Speech