SportByte™ Archives — May 2015

Posted 05.31.15 — "Show me a good loser in professional sports, and I'll show you an idiot." — Leo Durocher, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.30.15 — "People think I hate Billy Martin. I don't. I hate some of the things he did. And I will say I don't understand him. Billy Martin is not an intellectual, but there is a cunningness to him that is something to behold." — Reggie Jackson, baseball player, on Billy Martin, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.29.15 — "We know you can bunt, Mick. You're not down here to bunt. You're here to get some hits and get your swing back." — George Selkirk, Triple A Kansas City Blues manager, to Mickey Mantle, baseball player, after Mantle bunted safely in his first at-bat after being sent down from the New York Yankees during his rookie season of 1951 [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.28.15 — "Oldtimers weekends and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they're successful." — Casey Stengel, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.27.15 — "We're so bad right now that for us back-to-back home runs means one today and another one tomorrow." — Earl Weaver, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.26.15 — "Nobody ever won a pennant without a star shortstop." — Leo Durocher, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.25.15 — "If liking a kid who will never let you down in the clutch is favoritism, then I plead guilty." — Casey Stengel, baseball manager, on Billy Martin, baseball player [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.24.15 — "They ought to create a new league for that guy." — Jack Harshman, baseball pitcher, on Mickey Mantle, baseball player [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.23.15 — "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression." — Casey Stengel, baseball player and manager, on his rookie debut in the Major Leagues [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.22.15 — "Some guys are admired for coming to play, as the saying goes. I prefer those who come to kill." — Leo Durocher, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.21.15 — "This ain't a football game, we do this every day." — Earl Weaver, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.20.15 — "I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did." — Yogi Berra, baseball player [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.19.15 — "Nice guys finish last." — Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.18.15 — "I'd fire my mother for the chance to hire Billy Martin." — Bob Short, Texas Rangers owner, defending his firing of manager Whitey Herzog to hire Billy Martin [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.17.15 — "The thing I really liked about Mickey was the way he treated everyone the same." — Bill Monbouquette, Boston Red Sox pitcher, on Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees baseball player [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.16.15 — "The way our luck has been lately, our fellas have been getting hurt on their days off." — Casey Stengel, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.15.15 — "I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary." — Yogi Berra, baseball player and manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.14.15 — "Luck? If the roof fell in and Diz was sitting in the middle of the room, everybody else would be buried and a gumdrop would fall in his mouth." — Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager, on Dizzy Dean, baseball player [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.13.15 — "I have no idea why I liked him so much. We never could figure it out. Me and Whitey Ford and Billy were all so different. That's why we got along so well." — Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees baseball player, on his off-the-field pals, New York Yankees baseball players Whitey Ford and Billy Martin  [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.12.15 — "Let's see — uh, yes. There's one thing he can't do very well. He can't throw left-handed. When he goes in for that we'll have the perfect ballplayer." — Marty Marion, St. Louis Browns manager, when asked if Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees baseball player, had a weakness [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.11.15 — "Lefthanders have more enthusiasm for life. They sleep on the wrong side of the bed and their head gets more stagnant on that side." — Casey Stengel, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.10.15 — "The only thing that matters is what happens on the little hump out in the middle of the field." — Earl Weaver, baseball manager, referring to the pitcher's mound [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.09.15 — "If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them." — Yogi Berra, baseball player and manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.08.15 — "It was Brooklyn against the world. They were not only complete fanatics, but they knew baseball like the fans of no other city. It was exciting to play there. It was a treat. I walked into that crummy, flyblown park as Brooklyn manager for nine years, and every time I entered, my pulse quickened and my spirits soared." — Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager, on the Brooklyn Dodgers and the fans that attended their home games at Ebbets Field [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.07.15 — "He's a good manager. He might be a little selfish about some of the things he does and he may think he knows more about baseball than anybody else, but it wouldn't surprise me if he was right." — Casey Strange, in The Sporting News, 1975, on Billy Martin, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.06.15 — "I'd say Mantle is the greatest player in either league." — Marty Marion, St. Louis Browns manager, on Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees baseball player [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.05.15 — "The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers." — Earl Weaver, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.04.15 — "I don't know (if they were men or women). They had bags over their heads." — Yogi Berra, baseball player and manager, on fans who ran naked across the field [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.03.15 — "In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you." — Leo Durocher, baseball manager, on the decision faced by an umpire in determining if a pitcher was intentionally throwing at a batter [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.02.15 — "Even when Billy's not around, he's in every mind. It's like a spiritual involvement with the Lord. You can't see him, but you know he's there. That's enough." — Mike Norris, baseball player, on Billy Martin, baseball manager [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

Posted 05.01.15 — "It's what you're worth." — George Weiss, Yankees team executive, to Mickey Mantle, baseball player, after offering Mantle a $17,000 pay cut for the 1958 season. Mantle had batted 12 points higher in 1957 than in 1956 but hadn't won the Batting Title or the Triple Crown like he did in 1956. [Baseball Quotes from Steve the Ump]

    
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