club is part of the chemistry of the city. A game isn't just
an athletic contest. It's a picnic, a kind of town meeting."
- New York Yankees President Michael Burke
want to wind up their careers with the Cubs, Giants, or Yankees.
They just can't help it." - Pitcher Dizzy Dean
is like the United States of America. It's too big to be loused
up by one man and one monumental mistake. It's even too great
to be loused up by three recent monumental mistakes and a passel
of small ones. The worst boner was the sale of the New York Yankees
to the Columbia Broadcasting System and the clumsy manner in
which it was consumated." - White Sox Owner Arthur C. Allyn
the 1920s New York Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert once described
his perfect afternoon at Yankee Stadium. 'It's when the Yankees
score eight runs in the first inning,' Ruppert said, 'and then
slowly pull away.'" - Peter Golenbock in Dynasty: The
New York Yankees (1975)
the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating
on your income tax." - Columnist Mike Royko
the Yankees isn't part of my act. It is one of those exquisite
times when life and art are in perfect conjunction." - White
Sox Owner Bill Veeck
in the Yankees, my son." - Ernest Hemingway in The Old
Man and the Sea (1952)
NBC there is just one more reason to hate the Yankees (who were
owned by CBS)." - NBC Anchorman Chet Huntley
to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee." - Hall of
Famer Joe DiMaggio
rooting for the Yankees is like owning a Yacht." - Jimmy
to buy the Yankees. I don't know what I'm going to pay for them,
but I'm going to buy them." - Yankee Owner Dan Topping
"In a tough
age which called for tough men in baseball, the Yankees were
the toughest. They were managed by a perfectionist, bossed by
a president who hated second place, and owned by a man who could
say, even with a seventeen-game lead in 1936, "I can't stand
the suspense. When are we going to clinch it?" - David Voigt
in American Baseball (1970)
to be young and a Yankee." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Waite
rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no-hit game."
- Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Feller
I was watching a quiz show on TV and the question was, 'Name
a baseball team synonymous with winning.' One girl said, 'Dodgers.'
The other girl said, 'Giants.' That made me madder than hell.
I kept saying, 'Yankees, you dummies.' And of course the answer
was the Yankees." - Manager Billy Martin
my dead body will (Larry) MacPhail buy the Yankees." - Ed
for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel." - Joe E.
is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently
it angers them." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Feller
of American males put themselves to sleep by striking out the
batting order of the New York Yankees." - James Thurber
self-centered and egotistical a guy is, the better ballplayer
he's going to be. You take a team with twenty-five assholes and
I'll show you a pennant. I'll show you the New York Yankees."
- Pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee
is that you put a Yankee uniform on a player and he becomes great."
- Manager Birdie Tebbetts
of success in pitching lies in getting a job with the Yankees."
- Hall of Fame Pitcher Waite Hoyt
"To be manager
of the Yankees under the malevolent dictatorship of George Steinbrenner
is like being married to Zsa Zsa Gabor - the union is short and
sweet." - Sportswriter Bob Rubin
bankers supposedly back the Yankees; Smith College girls approve
of them. God, Brooks Brothers, and United States Steel are believed
to be solidly in the Yankees' corner... The efficiently triumphant
Yankee maching is a great institution, but, as they say, who
can fall in love with U.S. Steel?" - Gay Talese in There
Are Fans - And Yankee Fans (1958)
George (Steinbrenner) know about Yankee pride? When did he ever
play for the Yankees?" - Manager Billy Martin
first signed with the Yankees, the regulars wouldn't talk to
you until you were with the team three or four years. Nowadays
the rookies get $100,000 to sign and they don't talk to the regulars."
- Hall of Fame Pitcher Lefty Gomez
was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join a
circus. With the Yankees I've accomplished both." - Graig
of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always
going to be baseball in October." - Hall of Fame Pitcher
the Mets are losers, just like nearly everybody else in life.
This is the team for the cab driver who gets held up and the
guy who loses out on a promotion because he didn't maneuver himself
to lunch with the boss enough. It is the team for every guy who
has to get out of bed in the morning and go to work for short
money on a job he does not like. The Yankees? Who does well enough
to root for them, Laurence Rockefeller?" - Jimmy Breslin
in Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? (1963)