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Inspirational Sports Quotes for the
Great American Game

Can a simple inspirational baseball quote capture the essence of the Great American Game? Yep! These baseball quotes prove it.

Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.
Leo Durocher

I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.
Pete Rose

There are only two seasons—Winter and Baseball.
Bill Veeck

Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in
horseshoes and grenades.
Frank Robinson

There's something about baseball that brings out the unexpected philosopher in many folks. From the players to the managers, the commentators to the fans. And even a few who really don't like baseball. (They obviously just don't GET it.)

What impressed me when researching the inspirational sports quotes on this page was the depth of feeling baseball players have for their game. And despite the huge salaries some of them earn, when they come out with an inspirational baseball quote like these, it's clear many of them would play for nothing if they had to. They love the game that much.

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
—Rogers Hornsby

It's also clear there's more to the game than pitch-hit-foul-run for nine innings and 27 outs. We all know Albert Einstein was a genius. Look at what he had to say in this inspirational baseball quote:

You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity. No, we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.

Baseball pitch: fast ball hurling toward home--from inspirational baseball quotes

Inspirational Baseball Quotes from Player/Manager Tommy Lasorda

There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.

Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.

Guys ask me, don't I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?

I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.

Inspirational Sports Quotes About Baseball From the Insiders—the players, coaches, managers and umps.

If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are.
Casey Stengel

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be—in baseball and in life.
Pete Rose

I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.
Leo Durocher

The good Lord was good to me. He gave me a strong body, a good right arm, and a weak mind.
Dizzy Dean

If I had my career to play over, one thing I'd do differently is swing more. Those 1,200 walks I got, nobody remembers them.
PeeWee Reese

I know it's tough. Everybody in baseball knows its tough. I'm just going to give it my best shot.
Mark McGwire

Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more determined. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out. They say you can't hit if you're on your back, but I didn't hit on my back. I got up.
Frank Robinson

So Many Professionals Had a Great Inspirational Baseball Quote

There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.
Lou Gehrig

The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
Hank Aaron

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
Ty Cobb

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is.
Bob Feller

I never want to quit playing ball. They’ll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me out of it
Roy Campanella

Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it.
Umpire Cal Hubbard

God, I hope I wear this jersey forever."
Derek Jeter

Fans don't boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson

The Yankees can be had.
Al Lopez, Manager

Don't call us heroes. Fireman are heroes
Sparky Anderson, Manager

Great Baseball Quotations From The Movies

From A League of Their Own

Jimmy Dugan: I'm in no position to tell anyone how to live. But sneaking out like this, quitting, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that.

Dottie Hinson: It just got too hard.

Jimmy Dugan: It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great!

... and in another section, the most famous inspirational baseball quote in the movie:

Crying? There's NO CRYING in baseball.

From Field of Dreams

If you build it, He will come.

And from the Shoeless Joe Jackson Character:

Man, I did love this game. I'd have played for food money. It was the game... The sounds, the smells.

From Bull Durham

Annie Savoy: I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.

Annie Savoy: Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it's also a job.

Baseball Quotations Too Good to Pass Up

As a kid, before I could play music, I remember baseball being the one thing that could always make me happy.
Garth Brooks

I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it
is when I'm playing it.
Carl Yastrzemski

Bye bye baby!
Russ Hodges, announcing home run hits

Let's close as Announcer Harry Caray began his games, with this delightful inspirational baseball quote:

Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball.

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Tony (aged 8) of Little Rock, Arkansas, sent me this picture of the cover to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and asked if I would pull together an inspirational baseball quote or two.  Tony, this page is for you.



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