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I think the first photograph I did was a ballplayer. It was a way of showing action or something.
When I was a kid growing up in Cleveland, I believed - completely, wholeheartedly, without reservation or pause - that the Cleveland Indians were named to honor a Native American ballplayer named Louis Sockalexis, who played for Cleveland in the late 19th Century.
The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all.
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.
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.
I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way.
I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all I had to give.
The more self-centered and egotistical a guy is, the better ballplayer he's going to be.
I tried marriage. I'm 0 for 3 with the marriage thing. So, being a ballplayer - I believe in numbers. I'm not going 0 for 4. I'm not wearing a golden sombrero.
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.
The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a communist.
To play 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.
Roger Maris was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was.
The only real happiness a ballplayer has is when he is playing a ball game and accomplishes something he didn't think he could do.
I'm a ballplayer. I know how hard the game is... and anybody that makes it in the Hall of Fame, I support. They become a member of our special fraternity.
There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer.
A ballplayer doesn't make excuses.
I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth.
Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.
I'm a ballplayer, not an actor.
How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.
A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.
You can look at everything from pre-Heisman to post-Heisman, and I think that's why it ranks up at the top, because before then, I didn't even think I was good enough to be a professional ballplayer.
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.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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