Baseball Quotes Hall of Fame

By Bill Marsano

Excerpted from "Kiwi In Flight" magazine, Oct/Nov 94 issue

"The Mets have shown me ways to lose I never even knew existed."
 -- Casey Stengel, 1962

"The last time I saw anything like this I was playing for Tastee Freeze in the Little League."
 -- Houston Astros pitcher Dave Smigh, after his team fell behind the Cincinnati Reds by 14 runs -- in the first inning.

"When Charlie Finley had his heart operation it took eight hours.  Seven just to find his heart."
 -- Oakland A's pitcher Steve McCatty, 1981

"He'd go into the vault to get a nickel change."
 -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Enos "Country" Slaughter, on general manager Branch Rickey, 1934

"A shave, please, but don't cut my throat. I may want to do it later myself."
 -- Casey Stengel to his barber, when Stengel managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935

"Look at him. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't chew and he doesn't stay out late -- and he still can't hit."
 -- Casey Stengel as Yankees manager in 1956, on second baseman - Bobby Richardson

"I knew I was in for a long year when we lined up for the national anthem on opening day and one of my players said, 'Every time I hear
that song I have a bad game.'"
 -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland, 1986

"If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third."
 -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, on catcher Mide Scioscia, 1988

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