Home Plate Don't Move: Baseball's Best Quotes and Quips

Overview

Wise, sarcastic, hilarious and memorable words from a favorite sport.

Home Plate Don't Move is a celebration of the wit and wisdom of baseball. Some selections are as timely as today's headlines while many others are timeless — there's something for everyone, from insights to insults to inanities.

What is it about baseball that lends itself to clever quotes? W.P. Kinsella, author of Field of Dreams, writes that baseball is "a game of ...

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Overview

Wise, sarcastic, hilarious and memorable words from a favorite sport.

Home Plate Don't Move is a celebration of the wit and wisdom of baseball. Some selections are as timely as today's headlines while many others are timeless — there's something for everyone, from insights to insults to inanities.

What is it about baseball that lends itself to clever quotes? W.P. Kinsella, author of Field of Dreams, writes that baseball is "a game of anticipation, a game for the thinking fan, a game where little gems of wisdom or whimsy can be created in the dugout, the bullpen or the press box during long, hot afternoons and evenings of baseball."

Some of the more than 400 quotes are:

  • "He looks like a greyhound, but he runs like a bus."
    - George Brett
  • "I don't want them to forget Ruth. I just want them to remember me."
    - Hank Aaron
  • "It ain't bragging if you can do it."
    - Dizzy Dean
  • "I'm throwing just as hard as I ever did. The ball's just not getting there as fast."
    - Lefty Grove
  • "Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a Communist."
    - Rogers Hornsby
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Editorial Reviews

Muskoka Today - Lois Cooper
Baseball's best quips and quotes. Now who couldn't spend an hour here and there reading those.
San Antonio Express-News - David King
One of this spring's better imports... A lot of unique lines, including six on the current steroids mess... some lesser-known quips by some of the game's best quipsters.
American Profile
For baseball fans at every level, 'Home Plate Don't Move' is a home run.
American Profiles Syndicate
400 quotes, insults, wisecracks and wisdom... For baseball fans at every level, Home Plate Don't Move is a home run.
Sports Illustrated Kids
Hundreds of colorful quotes you've probably never heard before.
North Vancouver North Shore News - Terry Peters
Any fan of baseball will enjoy the time spent reading this collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554071418
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/25/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 814,943
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Zweig writes for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Sun. He is also the author of dozens of books including Total Hockey, 99: My Life in Pictures and The Toronto Blue Jays Official 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book. For a time he worked on the grounds crew for the Toronto Blue Jays, and he still has a bottle of champagne from that club's first American League East Division title celebration in 1985.

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Preface

Introduction

"I can remember a reporter asking for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink."
Joe DiMaggio, on life as a 20-year-old rookie in 1936

Yes, it's true. There was once a time when professional athletes were not so media savvy. And it was a lot more recently than when Joe DiMaggio was breaking in with the New York Yankees 70 years ago. When I was first watching baseball in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was no ESPN, no all-sports radio and no Internet. We watched "The Game of the Week" on Saturday afternoons and were happy to get the occasional local broadcast. Mel Allen gave us our seven-day allotment of out-of-town highlights on "This Week in Baseball." Otherwise, we read about it in the newspapers, or heard about it on the radio Just like the fans in DiMaggios day.

The Yankee Clipper was a can't-miss superstar while he was still in his teens. At age 19 in 1935, when he was with the San Francisco Seals, DiMaggio earned MVP honors with a .398 average, 270 hits, 456 total bases, 34 homers, 48 doubles, 18 triples, 173 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts. With numbers like these, it's hard to believe we wouldn't see him interviewed a time or two on a cable sports channel. If DiMaggio were a rookie today, he'd arrive in the Majors fully prepared to deal with the media onslaught.

Of course, Joe DiMaggio was probably exaggerating his lack of sophistication. (Though judging by the pictures of him as a youngster, perhaps not!) Long before the 1930s, baseball was already filled with colorful characters who were quick with a quip, and sportswriters who were willing to immortalize them.

So what is it about baseball that lends itself to remarkable writing and clever quotes? Author W.P.
Kinsella thinks it has something to do with the fact that in baseball, the ball is actually only in play for about five minutes out of three hours. "This makes baseball a game of anticipation; a game for the thinking fan, a game where little gems of wisdom or whimsy can be created in the dugout, the bullpen or the press box during long, hot afternoons and evenings of baseball."

This book is a celebration of those little gems of wisdom or whimsy, whether they come about as Kinsella says, or as a result of the complaint Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Pedro Guerrero once made about those who sit up in the press box. "Sometimes they write what I say," he lamented, "and not what I mean."

More than 400 quotations appear on the pages that follow, arranged by topic. Some are as timely as today's headlines, while many others are timeless. There should be something for everyone who likes insight, insults or inanity. As Babe
Ruth once said, "The only real game, I think, is baseball." So whether you grew up watching Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson or Derek Jeter (or Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale or Pedro Martinez if you prefer pitching and hate the Yankees), I think you'll have fun flipping through these pages. After all, as San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyler Walker pointed out when an injury to Armando Benitez forced him into the closer's role early in the 2005 season, "You have to believe in your stuff ... and be convicted to each pitch."

Enjoy!

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Introduction

Introduction

"I can remember a reporter asking for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink."
Joe DiMaggio, on life as a 20-year-old rookie in 1936

Yes, it's true. There was once a time when professional athletes were not so media savvy. And it was a lot more recently than when Joe DiMaggio was breaking in with the New York Yankees 70 years ago. When I was first watching baseball in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was no ESPN, no all-sports radio and no Internet. We watched "The Game of the Week" on Saturday afternoons and were happy to get the occasional local broadcast. Mel Allen gave us our seven-day allotment of out-of-town highlights on "This Week in Baseball." Otherwise, we read about it in the newspapers, or heard about it on the radio Just like the fans in DiMaggios day.

The Yankee Clipper was a can't-miss superstar while he was still in his teens. At age 19 in 1935, when he was with the San Francisco Seals, DiMaggio earned MVP honors with a .398 average, 270 hits, 456 total bases, 34 homers, 48 doubles, 18 triples, 173 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts. With numbers like these, it's hard to believe we wouldn't see him interviewed a time or two on a cable sports channel. If DiMaggio were a rookie today, he'd arrive in the Majors fully prepared to deal with the media onslaught.

Of course, Joe DiMaggio was probably exaggerating his lack of sophistication. (Though judging by the pictures of him as a youngster, perhaps not!) Long before the 1930s, baseball was already filled with colorful characters who were quick with a quip, andsportswriters who were willing to immortalize them.

So what is it about baseball that lends itself to remarkable writing and clever quotes? Author W.P. Kinsella thinks it has something to do with the fact that in baseball, the ball is actually only in play for about five minutes out of three hours. "This makes baseball a game of anticipation; a game for the thinking fan, a game where little gems of wisdom or whimsy can be created in the dugout, the bullpen or the press box during long, hot afternoons and evenings of baseball."

This book is a celebration of those little gems of wisdom or whimsy, whether they come about as Kinsella says, or as a result of the complaint Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Pedro Guerrero once made about those who sit up in the press box. "Sometimes they write what I say," he lamented, "and not what I mean."

More than 400 quotations appear on the pages that follow, arranged by topic. Some are as timely as today's headlines, while many others are timeless. There should be something for everyone who likes insight, insults or inanity. As Babe Ruth once said, "The only real game, I think, is baseball." So whether you grew up watching Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson or Derek Jeter (or Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale or Pedro Martinez if you prefer pitching and hate the Yankees), I think you'll have fun flipping through these pages. After all, as San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyler Walker pointed out when an injury to Armando Benitez forced him into the closer's role early in the 2005 season, "You have to believe in your stuff ... and be convicted to each pitch."

Enjoy!

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