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I started in the lowest league in baseball, and I worked my way all the way up to Triple A and then to the big leagues. I never reached the level that I thought I would reach as a player. But that's the way it goes. So then I started from the bottom as a manager, and I worked my way up to managing the Dodgers for 20 years.
I was planning to be a baseball player until I ran into something called a curveball. And that set me back.
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.
Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished.
Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success.
Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience, has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.
Baseball is a game of inches.
I can't remember, I wish I could remember the first time I bet on baseball.
When I was a little boy, my dream was to play baseball and leave Cuba.
Baseball is a man maker.
When you sign your name on the dotted line, it's more than just playing baseball. You have a responsibility to make good decisions and show people how things are supposed to be done.
I owe baseball all that I have and much of what I hope to have. Baseball made my entrance to the film industry immeasurably easier than I could have made it alone. To the greatest game in the world I shall be eternally in debt.
I've been playing baseball since I was 5 or 6 years old. I've been on a schedule, pretty much, since I was in eighth, ninth grade. I look forward to not doing that.
Baseball, while you're doing it, you think it's going to last forever.
The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry.
I don't believe there's a baseball job that I couldn't take care of.
Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.
Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously.
Always wanted to be a Major League player. Loved baseball. Followed it. Loved to play. Plus, I could always hit.
Dodger Stadium is not an antique. It's not Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a nice place to play baseball, but there are far better.
If I had to name the number one asset you could have for any sport I'd say speed. In baseball, all a guy with speed has to do is make contact.
Despite the situation in Cuba, I had a chance to play on the national team; and compared to other baseball players and other people in Cuba, I had the opportunity to live at a level that was not very high class but in the middle.
I was lucky enough to have the talent to play baseball. That's how I treated my career. I didn't think I was anybody special, anybody different.
If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work.
I enjoy talking pitching and talking baseball. And I don't have all the answers. I don't claim to, but I'm more than happy to share my beliefs.
William Arthur Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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