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 questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.
It is decidedly not true that 'nice guys finish last'.
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.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
Branch Rickey once said of me that I was a man with an infinite capacity for immediately making a bad thing worse.
This guy don't come to the ballpark to beat you. He comes to beat you bad. This (Jackie) Robinson, he plays a ton.
Some guys are admired for coming to play, as the saying goes. I prefer those who come to kill.
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.
Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.
God watches over drunks and third baseman.
I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me: the umpires and the rules.
Show me a good sportsman and I'll show you a player I'm looking to trade.
To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a "support group". Salvation in a can!
What are we out at the park for except to win?
There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.
Breaks like a ball falling off a pool table.
Ballplayers are a superstitious breed, nobody more than I, and while you are winning you'd murder anybody who tried to change your sweatshirt, let alone your uniform.
It's possible to spend money anywhere in the world if you put your mind to it, something I proved conclusively by running up huge debts in Cincinnati.
Buy a steak for a player on another club after the game, but don't even speak to him on the field. Get out there and beat them to death.
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.
In order to become a big-league manager you have to be in the right place at the right time. That's rule number one.
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