It’s hard to believe it’s time for another season of America’s pastime. Professional baseball is coming back to life this week, with many cities celebrating their opening days. If you’re a baseball fan, then it’s definitely a good time of year for you.
Baseball has been one of America’s most beloved games for over 200 years. Some of the more famous baseball players are still remembered for their contributions to the sport, and to society, decades after they stopped playing. Take a moment to think about the impact that Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, and more have had on society and sports in the US.
Here at NaQ, we wanted to welcome the latest season of baseball with some quotes spanning baseball’s history. Take a look at these quotes before you sit down to watch your favorite team on TV, or before heading down to your beloved team’s stadium to join thousands of others for opening nights across the country.
Manager Joe Kuhel after he was fired from the Washington Senators: “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken feathers”
Jackie Robinson showing his humility and team-oriented mindset: “I ought to break this trophy into 32 pieces”
Humphrey Bogart once remarked that, “A hotdog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.”
Dodgers owner Branch Rickey: “Some day I’m going to have to stand before God, and if He asks me why I didn’t let that Robinson fellow play ball, I don’t think saying ‘because of the color of his skin’ would be a good enough answer.”
Sportswriter Bob Cooke said this about a Dodgers pitcher: “He would be the league’s best pitcher if the plate was high and wide.”
Umpire Bill Klem once told a player who threw his bat in the air: “Young man, if that bat comes down, you’re out of the game.”
Enjoy this week in baseball and the many weeks after!