60 Awesome Baseball Quotes


With the beginning of spring, you know that baseball season is just around the corner. When the cold temperatures are slowly dissipating, Opening Day is approaching faster with each day. If you’ve ever played baseball in your life, you know how thrilling the game can be. Strolling up to the home plate, focusing all your attention on the pitcher, and seeing the baseball speedily coming at you gives you an adrenaline rush beyond description. Only split seconds later, you hear a loud crack and feel an intense vibration at your bat. Filled with excitement about possibly having hit a home run, you start running as if all hell has broken loose. It’s really difficult to describe how amazing playing baseball is to those who have never laid hands on ball and bat. However, when you’ve spent much of your childhood playing baseball, you’ll definitely have developed a deep love for the game. Even more so, if you think spring is the best time of the year because it announces the start of the baseball season, you’ll love the following baseball quotes.

Baseball is the greatest game ever invented. There are not many other sports that offer you hundreds of games – 162 to be precise – in one season. The combined number of NFL and NBA games does not even come close to the number of baseball games in a year.

“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!”
Babe Ruth

If you’ve ever listened to a true baseball fan talking about his favorite game, you know how intense and emotional it can get. It’s very likely that you’ll hear a lot about the game’s unmatched grace and elegance that makes this sport so unique.

Baseball quotes

The following baseball quotes will remind you what this awesome game is all about.

At the same time, what is so beautiful about baseball is that it does not come with specific requirements for an athlete’s physical condition. You neither need to be super tall nor do you need a lot of body weight to play baseball. In fact, no matter your physical proportion and fitness level, there will always be a place for you in a baseball game.

Let’s celebrate the beauty of baseball a little with the following collection of baseball quotes!

60 Awesome Baseball Quotes

Many of the following statements originate from baseball players and coaches. As such, these individuals have developed a great passion for the most beautiful game on this planet. When you read their words, you know that these individuals live and breathe baseball. Even more so, these people who live for baseball have found fantastic ways to articulate what it is that makes baseball so amazing.

Here are these inspiring baseball quotes:


“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.”
James Earl Jones

The one constant has been baseball quote


“Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.”
Leo Durocher

Baseball is like church quote


“You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of a man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it.”
Roger Kahn

You fall in love with a team in defeat quote


“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”
Tommy Lasorda

Quote about baseball


“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
Babe Ruth

Closer to the next home run quote


“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”
Yogi Berra

Baseball is pretty good quote


“It’s the mathematical potential for a single game to last forever, in a suspended world where no clock rules the day, that aligns baseball as much with the dead as the living.”
Bill Vaughn

The mathematical potential quote


“The next time someone whines that baseball doesn’t have enough action, you can do two things: first, explain the planning, strategizing, calculating, and deception that place before every pitch. Then quote Hall-of-Fame announcer Red Barber: “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.”
Zack Hample

Baseball is dull only to dull minds quote


“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”
Babe Ruth

Yesterday's home runs quote


“That moment, when you first lay eyes on that field — The Monster, the triangle, the scoreboard, the light tower Big Mac bashed, the left-field grass where Ted (Williams) once roamed — it all defines to me why baseball is such a magical game”
Jayson Stark


“I do what I’ve trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching. I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher’s mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three.”
Barry Lyga


“You know, a lot of people say they didn’t want to die until the Red Sox won the World Series. Well, there could be a lot of busy ambulances tomorrow.”
Johnny Damon


“If there was magic in this world, it happened within sight of the three bases and home plate. […] Wrigley [stadium]was a field of dreams. Dreams of eternal glory for the men who ran to the outfield, who took their respective bases, and prepared for battle against those who would dare enter their hallowed realm. Dreams for the kids in the stands, all wanting to don a uniform, kiss their mom’s goodbye, and wield their bats as enchanted weapons destined to knock the cover off the ball.”
Tee Morris


“Baseball was different. Schwartz thought of it as Homeric – not a scrum but a series of isolated contests. Batter versus pitcher, fielder versus ball. You couldn’t storm around, snorting and slapping people, the way Schwartz did while playing football.You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready.”
Chad Harbach


“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.”
Hank Aaron


“You never know what’s going to happen… And that’s the fun of it!! That’s what baseball’s all about!!”
Keiichi Arawi


“Athletes are born winners, there not born losers, and the sooner you understand this, the faster you can take on a winning attitude and become successful in life.”
Charles R. Sledge Jr.


“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
Babe Ruth


“The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself: to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled.”
Michael Chabon


“They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.”
Fred McMane


“Playing baseball for pay – home run. Teaching kids to play the game – priceless”
Jack Perconte


“Baseball is not life. It is a fiction, a metaphor. And a ballplayer is a man who agrees to uphold that metaphor as though lives were at stake.”
David James Duncan


“On the baseball diamond, if nowhere else, America was truly a classless society. DiMaggio’s grace embodied the democracy of our dreams.”
David Halberstam


“Sometimes, in a tight game with runners on, digging in at short, ready to break with the ball, a peace I’d never felt before would paralyze the diamond. For a moment of eternal stillness, I felt as if I were cocked at the very heart of the Midwest.”
Stuart Dybek


“Baseball really is a glorified game of throw and catch. And if you don’t have guys who throw it really well, you can’t compete for long.”
Tucker Elliot


“Sandor Boatly had never guessed that, properly played, baseball consisted of mathematics, geometry, art, philosophy, ballet, and carnival, all intertwined like the mystical ribbons of color in a rainbow.”
W.P. Kinsella


“[Baseball] is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action”
John Irving


“Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder – and nothing more”
Philip Roth


“A no-hitter is a freaky thing,’ Tweet said. ‘Most of the greatest pitchers never pitched one. It’s a combination of a lot of little accidents.”
Duane Decker


“We picked the Red Sox because they lose. If you root for something that loses for 86 years, you’re a pretty good fan. You don’t have to win everything to be a fan of something.”
Jimmy Fallon


“It is the life-affirming genius of baseball that the short can pummel the tall, the rotund can make fools of the sleek, and no matter how far down you find yourself in the bottom of the ninth you can always pull out a miracle.”
Bill Vaughn


“But baseball, he says, is one activity that is able to generate suspense and excitement on a national scale, just like war. And baseball can only be played in peace. Hence G.Q.’s thesis that pro ball-players—little as some of them may want to hear it—are basically just a bunch of unusually well-coordinated guys working hard and artfully to prevent wars, by making peace more interesting.”
David James Duncan


“Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life being played out on a field – a field of dreams – on diamonds of green, where players pursuing their dreams try to be the best they can be on the grandest stage of all – where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.”
Tom Tatum


“Baseball is also a game of balance.”
Stephen King


“I’m helplessly and permanently a Red Sox fan. It was like first love… You never forget. It’s special. It’s the first time I saw a ballpark. I’d thought nothing would ever replace cricket. Wow! Fenway Park at 7 o’clock in the evening. Oh, just, magic beyond magic: never got over that”
Simon Schama


“A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end, it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”
Jim Bouton


“The ballpark is the star […] Fenway Park works. It works as a symbol of New England’s pride, as a repository of evergreen hopes, as a tabernacle of lost innocence. It works as a place to watch baseball”
Martin F. Nolan


“Analyzing baseball yields many numbers of interest and value. Yet far and away – far, far and away- the most critical number in all of baseball is 3: the three outs that define an inning. Until the third out, anything is possible; after it, nothing is.”
Eric Walker


“With baseball, it’s simple. There’s no mystery to what happens on the field because everything has a label – full count, earned run, perfect game – and there’s a certain amount of comfort in this terminology. There’s no room for confusion.”
Jennifer E. Smith


“A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine, to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.”
Ted Willams


“I don’t rate them, I just hit them.”
Willie Mays


“There’s almost nothing worse than spending an entire day anticipating watching a Yankees vs. Red Sox game, only to have the score be 9-0 in the third inning.”
Tucker Elliot


“It was one at bat during October 1975 that defined his [Joe Morgan’s] place in baseball history and secured the legacy of the Big Red Machine, all with one swing.”
Tucker Elliot


“It is dangerous to spring to obvious conclusions about baseball or, for that matter, ball players. Baseball is not an obvious game.”
Roger Kahn


“No one loves the numbers more than I do, but numbers don’t measure everything, especially when it comes to evaluating defense. And in the end, I am going to trust Buck Showalter’s eyes more than a set of statistics devised by someone who never played the game.”
Tim Kurkjian


“Deep down, it’s all baseball, no matter what kind of geometrical shape you play it with.”
Vernon D. Burns


“Fenway is the essence of baseball.”
Tom Seaver


“If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago.”
Tucker Elliot


“More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.”
Thomas Boswell


“They were both Mets fans, and the hopelessness of that passion had created a bond between them.”
Paul Auster


“Look to the moon when you swing, he instructed. That’s what you want. A ball that disappears into it. One that goes to the moon and past. A moonshot.”
Alessandra Torre


“Nobody deserves to go to the World Series more than the Chicago Cubs. But they can’t go because that would spoil their custom of never going. It is an irreconcilable paradox.”
Bill Bryson


“I see great things in baseball.”
Walt Whitman


“Baseball is a good thing. Always was, always will be.”
Stephen King


“I’ve always loved baseball. Ever since 6th grade, I was geared to becoming a baseball writer.”
Scott Miller


“Worrying about things you can’t control is a waste both on the baseball field and in life.”
Tom Swyers


“As I grew up, I knew that as a building (Fenway Park) was on the level of Mount Olympus, the Pyramid at Giza, the nation’s capitol, the czar’s Winter Palace, and the Louvre — except, of course, that is better than all those inconsequential places”
Bart Giamatti


“To not look at the data is foolish, but to look at the data as having all the answers is even more foolish. It is a collision of new-school statistics and statisticians against old-school managers, coaches, and instructors. Neither side is right, neither is wrong; there is so much to be gained from listening to both sides.”
Tim Kurkjian


“I’ve fallen in love with baseball.”
Nick Jonas


“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Yogi Berra

In conclusion

“In high school I wrote an essay on baseball and my teacher told me I had to rewrite it on a more serious topic. So I wrote an essay about the World Series and my teacher gave up.”
Tucker Elliot

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational baseball quotes.

Stay victorious!


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  1. You left out the greatest of them all: But I must think, he thought. Because it is all I have left. That and baseball — From Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. NY: Scribners, 1952. pg. 114.

  2. Do you know which baseball player said this? I cannot remember!! I’ll bet that most people have heard this saying, but who really knows who coined the phrase? Thanks so much! “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.”

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