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  • Diamond Quotes

"The greatest players of all time are the ones with zest."

branch rickey

"You gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat."

satchel paige

"I remember one time I'm batting against the Dodgers in Milwaukee. They lead 2 to 1, it's the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded for us, two out, and the pitcher has a full count on me. I look over to the Dodgers' dugout, and they're all in street clothes."

bob uecker

"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all."

lou gehrig

"They throw the ball, I hit it; they hit the ball, I catch it."

willie mays

"To make a ball club a champion, the effort has to start with the bat boy and move right up to the owner."

brooks robinson

"Learn the fundamentals. Study and work at the game as if it were a science. Keep in top physical condition. Make yourself as effective as possible. Get the desire to win. Keeping in the best physical condition and having an intense spirit to succeed is the combination for winning games."

ty cobb

"It's better to throw a theoretically poorer pitch wholeheartedly than to throw the so-called right pitch with a feeling of doubt."

sandy koufax

"Success doesn't just happen. You've got to make it happen."

joe mccarthy

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"Don't swing at 'almost strikes.'"

babe ruth

"Statistics are used like a drunk uses a lamppost—for support, not illumination."

vin scully

"Baseball is a game to be savored rather than taken in gulps."

bill veeck

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