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23 Baseball Quotes That Show It’s More Than Just A Game

by Joan Newsome
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Baseball is, arguably, one of the most popular sports in the States, and my personal favorite game. Ever since I was a kid, my dad and I used to go to games at least once a month, and it didn’t even matter who was playing. We just loved sitting in those plastic seats, on hot summer days, talking about nothing. Since I wanted to take a walk down memory lane, I decided to make my ultimate list of the 23 greatest baseball quotes.

What I love about baseball is how resilient it is. Even though it might not be the biggest sport in the US right now, it still shows no signs of stopping. If you’re as big of a fan of the game as I am, I know that you’ll absolutely love these quotes. So let’s jump right in.

Greatest Baseball Quotes That Show the True Spirit of the Game

Profound Baseball Quotes That Really Make You Stop and Wonder

1. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” — Juliana Hatfield

2. “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

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

4. “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

5. “To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” — Willie Stargell

6. “You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” — Lou Brock

7. “No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.” — Paul Gallico

Touching Baseball Quotes That Reflect How Majestic the Sport Is

8. “Baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical.” — Yogi Berra

9. “Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it’s about love, integrity, and respect.” — Pat Gillick

10. “There are only five things you can do in baseball — run, throw, catch, hit, and hit with power.” — Leo Durocher

11. “Baseball is a universe as large as life itself, and therefore all things in life, whether good or bad, whether tragic or comic, fall within its domain.” — Paul Auster

12. “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game.” — Rickey Henderson

13. “If you have a bad day in baseball and start thinking about it, you will have 10 more.” — Sammy Sosa

14. “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

15. “Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s the smell of popcorn drifting in the air, the sight of bugs buzzing near the stadium lights, the roughness of the dirt beneath your cleats. It’s the anticipation building in your chest as the anthem plays, the adrenaline rush when your bat cracks against the ball, and the surge of blood when the umpire shouts strike after you pitch. It’s a team full of guys backing your every move, a bleacher full of people cheering you on. It’s… life.” ― Katie McGarry

Baseball Quotes That Are as Powerful Today as the Day They Were Spoken

16. “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.” — Tommy Lasorda

17. “There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.” — Casey Stengel

18. “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” — Nolan Ryan

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

20. “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” — Joe DiMaggio

21. “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.” — Ernie Harwell

22. “In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.” — Ernie Harwell

23. “Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it’s a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball, everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you, but no one can help you.” — Chad Harbach

Final Thoughts

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that baseball is an incredible game that requires so much dedication and perseverance. Not only that, but every single person who’s been involved in the game has so much passion and respect for it, myself included.

So I hope that these baseball quotes lifted your spirits or helped you remember the good old days. And as Tom Hanks once said, “There’s no crying in baseball.”

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