Top Inspirational Baseball Quotes That Will Motivate You

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Top Inspirational Baseball Quotes That Will Motivate You
Chris Sloan

Baseball is a sport that has captivated the hearts of many around the world for more than a century. It is a game of skill, endurance, and passion that has produced some of the greatest players and moments in sports history. From the legendary Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier to the unforgettable home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in the late 90s, baseball has given us a lifetime of memories. But it’s not just the games and moments that make baseball special; it’s the words and wisdom that have come from the players and coaches themselves. In this collection of famous baseball player quotes, we will explore the words of some of the game’s greatest minds and personalities. From the timeless insights of Ted Williams to the playful quips of Pete Rose, these quotes showcase the unique personalities and perspectives that have made baseball the beloved sport that it is today.

Famous Baseball Player Quotes

  1. "Every day is a new opportunity. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." - Bullet Bob Feller
  2. "People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I stare out the window and wait for spring." - Rogers Hornsby
  3. "Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal." - Pete Rose
  4. "If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game." - Rickey Henderson
  5. "The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it." - Jackie Robinson
  6. "When you start the game, they don’t say “Work ball!” They say, “Play ball!”" - Willie Stargell
  7. "Pitching is the art of instilling fear." - Sandy Koufax
  8. "If you’re not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he’ll be ready to take your job." - Brooks Robinson
  9. "Fans don’t boo nobodies." - Reggie Jackson
  10. "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." - Ted Williams
  11. "Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course." - Hank Aaron
  12. "I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball." - Pete Rose

"Fans don’t boo nobodies." - Reggie Jackson

Baseball Quotes from Fans & Celebrities

This section eatures a collection of baseball quotes from famous sportscasters, politicians, musicians, actors, and authors, as well as notable baseball umpires. These quotes capture the essence of baseball and why it is more than just a game. From the excitement of a home run to the beauty and zen-like quality of the game, to the ups and downs of life that mirror the ups and downs of baseball, these quotes demonstrate the love and passion that people have for America's national pastime.

  1. “Hello again, everybody. It’s a bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball.” – Sportscaster, Harry Caray

  2. “It could be, it might be…It is, a home run!” – Sportscaster, Harry Caray
  3. “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.” – Sportscaster, Red Barber
  4. “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.” – Sportscaster, Bryant Gumbel
  5. “Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished.” – American Politician, Jim Sensenbrenner.
  6. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” – Musician, Juliana Hatfield
  7. “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” – Journalist & Author, George Will
  8. “Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.” – American Poet, Robert Lee Frost
  9. “A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.” – American Actor, Humphrey Bogart
  10. “Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is a very zen-like game.” – American Film Director, Jim Jarmusch
  11. “Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B. Wilcox
  12. “Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion.” – MLB Umpire, William ‘Bill’ Klem
  13. “It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.” – MLB Umpire, William ‘Bill’ Klem
  14. “As a kid, before I could play music, I remember baseball being the one thing that could always make me happy.” Country Singer, Garth Brooks
  15. “There are only two seasons: winter and baseball.” – Bill Veeck, Jr.
  16. “Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.” – American Sportscaster, Ernie Harwell

“It could be, it might be…It is, a home run!” – Sportscaster, Harry Caray

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Movie Baseball Quotes

This collection of Netflix baseball movie quotes showcases some of the most iconic lines from beloved baseball films. From the inspirational (“If you build it, he will come” from Field of Dreams) to the humorous (“There’s no crying in baseball!” from A League of Their Own), these quotes capture the heart and soul of the sport. Many of the quotes focus on the mental toughness required to play baseball, as well as the importance of teamwork and perseverance. Overall, these quotes remind us of the power of baseball to inspire and entertain, both on and off the field. Check out our full list of the Best Baseball Movies for Kids for a better option for younger fans.

Bull Durham Quote on the site of a building

These quotes also highlight the enduring appeal of baseball as an American pastime. Whether it’s the nostalgic feeling of playing catch with a loved one (“You wanna have a catch?” from Field of Dreams) or the thrill of competition (“We are all winners if we have the courage to compete” from The Rookie), these movies showcase the many ways in which baseball can bring people together. As Bull Durham’s Crash Davis puts it, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us all.”

  1. "We're gonna get them next year." - Major League
  2. "If you build it, he will come." - Field of Dreams
  3. "Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world." - Babe Ruth Story
  4. "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great." - A League of Their Own
  5. "It's a long season, you gotta trust it. I've been playing this game 35 years and I know how hard it can be, but I also know how great it can be." - For Love of the Game
  6. "We are all winners if we have the courage to compete." - The Rookie
  7. "You don't have to like baseball, but you have to respect it." - Mr. 3000
  8. "The game doesn't change, it's always been the same. You just think about one pitch at a time, one inning at a time, and that's what you gotta do." - Trouble with the Curve
  9. "I ain't played much baseball, but it's pretty much the same all way through, ain't it?" - The Natural
  10. "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time." - Field of Dreams
  11. "How can you not be romantic about baseball?" - Moneyball
  12. "You wanna have a catch?" - Field of Dreams
  13. "Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking, just have fun." - The Sandlot
  14. "All I know is when we win a game, it’s a team win. When we lose a game, it’s a team loss." - The Bad News Bears
  15. "There’s no crying in baseball!" - A League of Their Own
  16. "I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us all." - Bull Durham

"How can you not be romantic about baseball?" - Moneyball

Baseball Coach & Manager Quotes

The quotes about baseball coaches and managers reveal their perspectives about the game and their roles as leaders. Tommy Lasorda, a legendary coach, differentiates the types of players as those who make things happen, watch things happen, and wonder what happened. He also compares baseball to driving, emphasizing the importance of finishing safely. Earl Weaver, another respected manager, believes that bad ballplayers make great managers, explaining that his role is to help players reach their full potential. George 'Sparky' Anderson describes baseball managers as a necessary evil, and Casey Stengel highlights that baseball is a game of inches. Yogi Berra makes a humorous statement that baseball is 90% mental and 50% physical.

These quotes also reflect the emotions and passion that coaches and managers have for baseball. Bob Lemon reveals his belief that good friends and a good bullpen are the two most important things in life, while Chuck Tanner admits that losing a major league game is still a great feeling. Billy Martin talks about his love for the togetherness in baseball, while Leo Durocher compares baseball to church and explains the importance of seizing the moment, saying that you should never save a pitcher for tomorrow. These quotes show that coaches and managers are essential to the game of baseball and that their insights and wisdom can inspire players to achieve their best.

  1. "There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened." – Tommy Lasorda
  2. "Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts." – Tommy Lasorda
  3. "Bad ballplayers make great managers, not the other way around. All I can do is help them be as good as they are." – Earl Weaver
  4. "A baseball manager is a necessary evil." – George ‘Sparky’ Anderson
  5. "I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen." – Bob Lemon
  6. "The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second greatest feeling is to lose a major league game." – Chuck Tanner
  7. "I really love the togetherness in baseball. That’s real true love." – Billy Martin
  8. "Baseball is like church. Many attend, but few understand." – Leo Ernest Durocher
  9. "Close doesn’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades." – Frank Robinson
  10. "Never save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain." – Leo Durocher
  11. "Baseball is a game of inches." - Casey Stengel
  12. "I don't want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench." - Sparky Anderson
  13. "You can't win them all." - Connie Mack
  14. "I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets?" - Sparky Anderson
  15. "Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical." - Yogi Berra

"Close doesn’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades." – Frank Robinson

Yogisms - Yogi Berra Baseball Quotes

Yogi Berra was known for his wit and humor, and many of his sayings are now widely recognized as aphorisms. Yogisms often involve wordplay, irony, or humorous observations about baseball and life in general. Some of his most famous Yogisms include "It ain't over 'til it's over," "It's déjà vu all over again," and "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Despite their often humorous nature, Yogisms have become part of the cultural lexicon and are still used today to describe situations and events that are reminiscent of Yogi's colorful turns of phrase.

Yogi Berra, king of Yogisms and Baseball Quotes

  1. "It ain't over 'til it's over." - Yogi Berra
  2. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra
  3. "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical." - Yogi Berra
  4. "It's déjà vu all over again." - Yogi Berra
  5. "You can observe a lot by just watching." - Yogi Berra
  6. "The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra
  7. "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." - Yogi Berra
  8. "If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up someplace else." - Yogi Berra
  9. "I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four." - Yogi Berra
  10. "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." - Yogi Berra

"It ain't over 'til it's over." - Yogi Berra

Quotes from the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1895 and started his professional career with the Boston Red Sox in 1914 as a left-handed pitcher. However, it was his prowess as a power-hitting outfielder that made him a legend in the sport. Ruth's career spanned over two decades and he set numerous records, including the record for most career home runs, which stood for over 39 years. He was also known for his larger-than-life personality, both on and off the field, and was a cultural icon during his time. Ruth's legacy continues to inspire baseball players and fans to this day.

  1. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth
  2. "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." - Babe Ruth
  3. "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
  4. "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." - Babe Ruth

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About Chris Sloan

Chris Sloan is a former baseball league commissioner and travel baseball coach who has made significant contributions to the sport. In 2018, he founded selectbaseballteams.com, a website that helps parents find youth and travel baseball teams in their local areas. Since its launch, the website has experienced impressive growth, offering a wealth of resources including teams, news, tournaments, and organizations. Chris's unwavering passion for baseball and his innovative approach to connecting parents with quality baseball programs have earned him a respected reputation in the baseball community, solidifying his legacy as a leading figure in the world of youth and travel baseball.

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