Quotations From Babe Ruth
"All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill."

"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don't know except it looked good."

"As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher's mound. It was as if I'd been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy."

"Aw, everybody knows that game, the day I hit the homer off ole Charlie Root there in Wrigley Field, the day October first, the third game of that thirty-two World Series. But right now I want to settle all arguments. I didn't exactly point to any spot, like the flagpole. Anyway, I didn't mean to, I just sorta waved at the whole fence, but that was foolish enough. All I wanted to do was give that thing a ride... outta the park... anywhere."

"Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder."

"Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world."

"Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit."

"Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks."

"Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do."

"Hot as hell, ain't it Prez (Calvin Coolidge)?"

"How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball...The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can."

"I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands."

"I don't give a damn about any actors. What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game. Either I get the money (more than Barrymore), or I don't play!"

"I'd play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump (Wrigley Field) all the time."

"If I'd just tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around .600."

"If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery."

"I'll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you, fifty thousand dollars, or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women. They're too much fun."

"I never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I've heard plenty of boos after a strikeout."

"I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat."

"Just one (superstition). Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases."

"Paris ain't much of a town."

"Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading."

"That last one sounded kinda high to me."

"The termites (cancer) have got me."

"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."

"What the hell has Hoover got to do with it (his contract being bigger than the Presidents)? Besides, I had a better year than he did."