10 Funny Quotes About Baseball

In 1879, the Cincinnati Gazette editorialized that “baseball mania has run its course.” They weren’t joking, but players, managers, writers and commentators have found plenty of humorous things to say about the sport that has outlived that quote by well over a century. When your team is 30 games out of first, find solace in these wry observations from the great Yogi Berra and others.

“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.” —Satchel Paige

“The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The last time they were in one was 1945. Hey, any team can have a bad century.” —Tom Trebelhorn

“Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” —Hank Aaron

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.” —Dave Barry

“Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” —Yogi Berra

“A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” —Earl Wilson

“Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.” —Pete Rose

“Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” —H. L. Mencken

“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.” —Bob Eucker

“I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some bar.” —Bob Lemon