Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.
Win any way as long as you can get away with it. Nice guys finish last.
I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?
I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up.
I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.
This guy don't come to the ballpark to beat you. He comes to beat you bad. This (Jackie) Robinson, he plays a ton.
It is decidedly not true that 'nice guys finish last'.
Branch Rickey once said of me that I was a man with an infinite capacity for immediately making a bad thing worse.
Some guys are admired for coming to play, as the saying goes. I prefer those who come to kill.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a "support group". Salvation in a can!
What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brusher her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third.
I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me: the umpires and the rules.
There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.
Five runs ahead and he'd knock in all the runs I could ask for. One run behind and he was going to kill me.
Stick a fork in him. He's done.
Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.
God watches over drunks and third baseman.
Show me a good sportsman and I'll show you a player I'm looking to trade.
What are we out at the park for except to win?
In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.
Breaks like a ball falling off a pool table.
As long as I've got one chance to beat you I'm going to take it.
When you're in professional sports, winning is the only thing that matters.
There is a thin line between genius and insanity, and in Larry's (MacPhail) case it was sometimes so thin you could see him drifting back and forth.
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