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    Re: Hey the Captain

    Originally posted by Michaels07
    "there is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time or last time. I owe him my best"
    Who can the quote be attributed too?
    I believe it was DiMaggio.

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    Re: Re: Hey the Captain

    Originally posted by BobbyMurcerFan

    I believe it was DiMaggio.
    it was . i put all his quotes up...

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    Quotations From Lefty Gomez
    "A lot of things run through your head when you're going in to relieve in a tight spot. One of them was, "Should I spike myself?"

    "He (Jimmie Foxx) has muscles in his hair."

    "I'd rather be lucky than good."

    "I'm the guy that made Joe DiMaggio famous."

    "I talked to the ball a lot of times in my career. I yelled, "Go foul. Go foul."

    "I've got a new invention. It's a revolving bowl for tired goldfish."

    "I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage."

    "No one hit home runs the way Babe did. They were something special. They were like homing pigeons. The ball would leave the bat, pause briefly, suddenly gain its bearings, then take off for the stands."

    "One rule I had was make your best pitch and back up third base. That relay might get away and you've got another shot at him."

    "The secret of my success was clean living and a fast outfield."

    "When Neil Armstong first set foot on the moon, he and all the space scientists were puzzled by an unidentifiable white object. I knew immediately what it was. That was a home run ball hit off me in 1933 by Jimmie Foxx."
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    "We may have to call off Family Day."
    -- Yankees general manager Lee MacPhail, after Yanks pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich swapped wives, children, and family dogs in 1972.

    Was Lee related to Larry MacPhail, who was part of a group that bought the yanks in 1945? Is he related to the guy working for the Cubs right now?

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    Originally posted by thecaptain
    Quotations From Lefty Gomez
    "When Neil Armstong first set foot on the moon, he and all the space scientists were puzzled by an unidentifiable white object. I knew immediately what it was. That was a home run ball hit off me in 1973 by Jimmie Foxx."
    That can't be right.... everyone knows the moon landing was in 1969, and Lefty pitched in the 1930's....

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    Thanks penguin4 i think is 1933.i will change it.Lefty was something else . this is what he said to the scooter........."Kid, is your mother in the stands? (Rizzuto replied yes) Well, stay here and talk to me a little and she'll think you're giving advice to the great Lefty Gomez." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Lefty Gomez


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    "The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided." - Casey Stengel

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    Originally posted by Bozidar

    Was Lee related to Larry MacPhail, who was part of a group that bought the yanks in 1945? Is he related to the guy working for the Cubs right now?
    i think they are from the same family..Lee MacPhail

    Born: Oct. 25, 1917
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    AL president (1974-83); president of owners' Player Relations Committee (1984-85); also GM of Baltimore (1959-65) and NY Yankees (1967-74); son of Larry and father of Andy.

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    "An angry player can't argue with the back of an umpire who is walking away."

    "Baseball is more than a game to me, it's a religon."

    "Fix your eye on the ball from the moment the pitcher holds it in his glove. Follow it as he throws to the plate and stay with it until the play is completed. Action takes place only where the ball goes."

    "Gentleman, he was out because I said he was out." - statement made after being shown a photo of a blown call

    "It ain't nothin' till I call it."

    "I told the umpires to walk back at least thirty-five feet from home plate. That reduced the arguements."

    "Son, when you pitch a strike, Mr. Hornsby (Roger) will let you know."

    "That guy in a twenty-five cent bleacher seat is as much entitled to know a call as the guy in the boxes. He can see my arm signal even if he can't hear my voice."

    "The best umpired game is the game in which the fans cannot recall the umpires who worked it."

    "The most cowardly thing in the world is blaming mistakes upon the umpires. Too many managers strut around on the field trying to manage the umpires instead of their teams."

    "There are one-hundred fifty-four games in a season and you can find one-hundred fifty-four reasons why your team should have won every one of them."

    "Your job is to umpire for the ball and not the player."

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    "Being an umpire wasn't such a tough job. You really have to understand only two things and that's maintaing discipline and knowing the rule book."

    "Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it."

    "I always hated to throw a guy out of a game but sometimes it was necessary to keep order."

    "The call that always seemed the toughest to me was the slide and tag play at second. You can see it coming, but you don't know which way the runner is going to slide, where the throw is going to be, and how the fielder is going to take the throw."

    "When it was time for a player to go, he went."

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    "I don't want my picture in any cigarettes, but I also don't want you to lose the ten dollars, so I'm enclosing my check for that sum."

    "In all my years of play, I never saw an ump deliberately make an unfair decision. They really called them as they saw 'em."

    "I never have been sick. I don't even know what it means to be sick. I hear other players say they have a cold. I just don't know what it would feel like to have a cold - I never had one."

    "I won't play for a penny less than fifteen hundred dollars"

    "There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer."

    "Things were changing fast by that time, women were beginning to come to the ball parks. We had to stop cussing."

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    Quotations From Paul Waner
    "Be relaxed and don't wave the bat, don't clench it. Be ready to hit down with the barrel of the bat. Just swing it and let the weight drive the ball."

    "If a pitcher sees you fiddling with the bat, he'll stall until your arms are tired before you even get a chance to hit."

    "Let the pitcher move first, then, as he draws his arm back, you draw the bat back and you are ready."

    "On the road, I liked to be booed, I really did. Because if they boo you on the road, it's either because you're a sorehead or because you're hurting them."

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    Originally posted by thecaptain
    Quotations From Paul Waner

    "On the road, I liked to be booed, I really did. Because if they boo you on the road, it's either because you're a sorehead or because you're hurting them."
    ahh, sort of a precursor to Reggie's "Fans don't boo nobodies." thing huh?

    I had Paul Waner as part of my all time draft on another board -- he was in my outfield with Billy Hamilton and Willie Mays...he was quite an interesting character besides being a great player...

    there's a story in Bill James' book about him --

    In 1940, when Frankie Frisch was managing the Pirates and Waner was near the end of his career, Frisch found a whiskey bottle in the Pirate clubhouse. "Waner," yelled Frisch, holding up the bottle, "Is this yours?"

    "Does it have anything in it?" Waner asked.
    "It's half full," replied Frisch.
    "Well, it can't be mine," Waner replied. "If it was mine, it would be empty."

    different times huh?

    by the way, enjoying your quotes captain...nice thread.

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    "I don't know where Hank Aaron will break Ruth's record but I can tell you one thing - ten years from the day he hits it three million people will say they were there."

    "I'm just a beat up old third baseman. I'm just a small part of a wonderful game that is a tremendous part of America today."

    "It's only a hitch when you're in a slump. When you're hitting the ball its called rhythm."

    "My mother used to pitch to me and my father would shag balls. If I hit one up the middle close to my mother, I'd have some extra chores to do. My mother was instrumental in making me a pull hitter."

    "When you're a kid, what fun the game is! You grab a bat and glove and ball, that's it. I know what Ted Williams and Stan Musial meant when they said it got tougher to get in shape every year."

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    Quotations From Willie Mays

    "Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps."

    "Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson."

    "I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em."

    "If you can do that - if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game - then you're a good ballplayer."

    "I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw."

    "It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody"

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

    "Youngsters of Little League can survive undercoaching a lot better than overcoaching."

    "When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But, when I'm hitting, I hit anybody."

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    consciously memorized the speed at which every pitcher in the league threw his fastball, curve, and slider; then, I'd pick up the speed of the ball in the first thirty feet of its flight and knew how it would move once it had crossed the plate."

    "I have a darn good job, but please don't ask me what I do."

    "I love to play this game of baseball - I love putting on this uniform."

    "I never realized that batting a little ball around could cause so much commotion. I now know how Lindbergh must have felt when he returned from St. Louis."

    "The first principle of contract negotiations is don't remind them of what you did in the past - tell them what you're going to do in the future."

    "The key to hitting for high average is to relax, concentrate, and don't hit the fly ball to center field."

    "There is no one correct way to bat, and so of course there is no one correct stance for it."

    "There was never a day when I was as good as Joe DiMaggio at his best. Joe was the best, the very best I ever saw."

    "When a pitcher's throwing a spitball, don't worry and don't complain, just hit the dry side like I do."

    "You wait for a strike, then you knock the ................ out of it."

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    Quotations About Stan Musial

    "A couple years ago they told me I was too young to be president and you were too old to be playing baseball. But we fooled them." - President John F. Kennedy at the 1962 All Star Game

    "An outfield composed of Cobb, Speaker and Ruth, even with Ruth, lacks the combined power of DiMaggio, Musial and Williams." - Connie Mack

    "He could have hit .300 with a fountain pen." - Joe Garagiola

    "How good was Stan Musial? He was good enough to take your breath away." - Vin Scully

    "I've had pretty good success with Stan by throwing him my best pitch and backing up third." - Carl Erskine

    "Once Musial timed your fastball, your infielders were in jeopardy." - Warren Spahn

    "Sometimes I sit in my den at home and read stories about myself. Kids used to save whole scrapbooks on me. They get tired of them and mail them to me. I'll go in there and read them, and you know what? They might as well be about Musial and DiMaggio, it's like reading about somebody else." - Mickey Mantle

    "The man I marvel at is the one that's in there day after day, and night after night and still puts the figures on the board. I"m talking about Pete Rose, Stan Musial, the real stars. Believe me, especially the way we travel today, flying all night with a game the next night and then the next afternoon, if you can play one-hundred and sixty-two games, you're a man." - Sparky Anderson

    "They can talk about Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby and Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial and all the rest, but I'm sure not one of them could hold cards and spades to Williams in his sheer knowledge of hitting. He studied hitting the way a broker studies the stock market, and could spot at a glance mistakes that others couldn't see in a week." - Carl Yastrzemski

    "When you're a kid, what fun the game is! You grab a bat and glove and ball, that's it. I know what Ted Williams and Stan Musial meant when they said it got tougher to get in shape every year." - Eddie Mathews

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    Quotations About Willie Mays

    "As a batter, his only weakness is a wild pitch." - Bill Rigney

    "But when he (Willie Mays) was in California, whites refused to sell him a house in their community. They loved his talent, but they didn't want him for a neighbor." - Jackie Robinson

    "He was something like zero for twenty-one the first time I saw him. His first major league hit was a home run off me and I'll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid of Willie forever if I'd only struck him out." - Warren Spahn

    "I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays. Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder." - Sandy Koufax

    "I can't very well tell my batters don't hit it to him. Wherever they hit it, he's there anyway." - Gil Hodges

    "If he could cook, I'd marry him." - Leo Durocher

    "I'm not sure what the hell charisma is, but I get the feeling it's Willie Mays." - Ted Kluszewski

    "I think it's incredible because there were guys like Mays and Mantle and Henry Aaron who were great players for ten years... I only had four or five good years." - Sandy Koufax

    "I used to dream how good it would be to be Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle. My dreams have died. Even the rotten rings (World Series) aren't what they're supposed to be. I'll buy my own diamonds. I can afford it now. No one gives you anything, you've got to get it for yourself." - Reggie Jackson

    "Joe Louis, Jascha Heifetz, Sammy Dave and Nashua rolled into one." - Leo Durocher describing Mays

    "Snider, Mantle and Mays. You could get a fat lip in any saloon by starting an argument as to which was best. One point was beyond argument, though. Willie was by all odds the most exciting." - Red Smith

    "The only man who could have caught that ball just hit it." - radio announcers everywhere

    "There are 499 Major League ballplayers. Then there's Willie Mays" - SABR member

    "There have been only two geniuses in the world. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare." - Tallulah Bankhead

    "They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays." - Ted Williams

    "(Ruth) never played a night game, he never hit against fireball relief pitching, he never traveled cross-country for a night game and played a day game the next day, he never performed before millions of television viewers, he never had to run on artificial turf. It is the changes in the game, the modern factors that have made the game more difficult, that bring Babe in here as number three, behind Mays and Aaron. His feats were heroic. So were theirs. They simply did them under tougher conditions." - Maury Allen

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    Rogers Hornsby

    "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring..." - Rogers Hornsby

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    Babe Ruth on Ty Cobb

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

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    pitcher needs two pitches, one they're looking for and one to cross them up."

    "A sore arm is like a headache or a toothache. It can make you feel bad, but if you just forget about it and do what you have to do, it will go away. If you really like to pitch and you want to pitch, that's what you'll do."

    "He was something like zero for twenty-one the first time I saw him. His first major league hit was a home run off me and I'll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid of Willie (Mays) forever if I'd only struck him out."

    "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."

    "I felt like, wow what a great way to make a living. If I goof up, there's going to be a relief pitcher coming in there. Nobody's going to shoot (he had just returned from WWII) me."

    "I'm probably the only guy who worked for (Casey) Stengel before and after he was a genius."

    "Once Musial timed your fastball, your infielders were in jeopardy."

    "The difference between winning nineteen games and winning twenty for a pitcher is bigger than anyone out of baseball realizes. It's the same for hitters - someone who hits .300 looks back on the guy who batted .295 and says 'tough luck buddy."

    "Twenty games is the magic figure for pitchers - .300 is the magic figures for batters. It pays off in salary and reputation. And those are the two things that keep a ballplayer in business."

    "What is life, after all, but a challenge? And what better challenge can there be than the one between the pitcher and the hitter."

    "When I throw a ground ball, I expect it to be an out, maybe two."

    "You don't just throw the ball - you propel it."

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    "I don't know if we're the oldest batter, but we're certainly the ugliest." - Yogi Berra in 1965

    "I don't think Spahn will ever get into the Hall of Fame. He'll never stop pitching." - Stan Musial

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    Quotations From Bob Uecker
    "Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat."

    "Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times."

    "Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets."

    "I didn't get a lot of awards as a player. But they did have a Bob Uecker Day Off for me once in Philly."

    "If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter."

    "I had slumps that lasted into the winter."

    "I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase."

    "I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture."

    "I led the league in "Go get 'em next time."

    "In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs."

    "I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90% of them don't even get printed."

    "I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up."

    "One time, I got pulled over at four a.m. I was fined seventy-five dollars for being intoxicated and four-hundred for being with the Phillies."

    "People don't know this but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it."

    "Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products."

    "Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?"

    "The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud."

    "The highlight of my career? In '67 with St. Louis, I walked with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in an intersquad game in spring training."

    "Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist."

    "The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up."

    "When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth, I looked in the other team's dugout and they were already in street clothes."

    "When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me."

    Bob Uecker
    Great lines, I'm sitting here at work, trying to hide the laughs and the tears are running down my face.

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    Quotations From Robin Roberts

    "Generally in the Little League you're up against a good pitcher who throws like hell. What does the coach say? Get a walk. Isn't that beautiful way to learn to hit? For four years you stand up there looking for a walk."

    "He (Roberto Clemente) looked like he was falling apart when he ran. Looked like he was coming apart when he threw. His stance at the plate was ridiculous, he really looked less like a ball player than anyone I'd ever seen. It was a crazy thing. The only thing that made him look sensational was the results."

    "I never slept when I lost. I'd see the sun come up without ever having closed my eyes. I'd see those base hits over and over and they would drive me crazy."

    "My feeling is that when you're managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot."

    "There is no doubt that someone who tries to throw a curve or pitch at any early age before he's developed, before his hand is big enough to grip the ball correctly, will damage his arm."

    "When I was with Houston at the end of my career, Bob Gibson walked up to me one day when I was running in the outfield. He asked me why I didn't quit and said what a shame it was that I was ruining a great career and just trying to hang on. Years later, I saw Gibson trying to do the same thing."

    "When Mickey Mantle bunted with the wind blowing out in Crosley Field." Sports Illustrated article describing his best All Star moment.

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    Quotations From Frank Robinson

    "Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades."

    "I don't see anyone playing in the major leagues today (1982) who combines both the talent and the intensity that I had. I always tried to do the best. I knew I couldn't always be the best, but I tried to be."

    "I don't see why you reporters keep confusing Brooks and me. Can't you see that we wear different numbers."

    "If I had one wish in the world today, it would be that Jackie Robinson could be here to see this happen." - 1974 press conference on being the first black manager.

    "If the guys on the bench were as good as the guys you have out there, they'd be out there in first place."

    "I had no trouble communicating, the player's just didn't like what I had to say."

    "I have heard of managers who encourage players not to slide hard for fear they will get hurt and be lost from the lineup for a time. That is why you occasionally see a player go into second base on a double-play ball and not even bother to slide. I wonder, could Ty Cobb sit though plays like that and hold his lunch?"

    "It's nice to come into a town and be referred to as the manager of the Cleveland Indians instead of as the first black manager."

    "Managers don't have as much leverage as they used to have. We can't really be the boss. If I say to a veteran player, 'If you don't perform, you may be sent back to the minors, they look at me and say, 'Who are you kidding? I'm not going anyplace. I've already had three years in the major leagues and you can't send me back to the minor leagues without my ok.'"

    "No, I don't think my presence will cause an increase in black attendance at Cleveland. People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card."

    "Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more determined. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out. They say you can't hit if you're on your back, but I didn't hit on my back. I got up."

    "Probably the most dramatic change in pitching I've observed in my years in baseball has been the disappearance of the knockdown or brushback pitch. This is why record numbers of home runs are flying out of ballparks, why earned run averages are soaring, and why there are so few twenty game winners in the majors."

    "The baselines belongs to the runner, and whenever I was running the bases, I always slid hard. I wanted infielders to have that instant's hesitation about coming across the bag at second or about standing in there awaiting a throw to make a tag. There are only twenty-seven outs in a ballgame, and it was my job to save one for my team every time I possibly could."

    "The fan is the one who suffers. He cheers a guy to a .350 season then watches that player sign with another team. When you destroy fan loyalties, you destroy everything."

    "There's absolutely no way you can go barreling into second and dump a guy on a double play, like you should do, when you've been fraternizing with him before a game.

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