Baseball Facts and Sayings

I stumbled upon a few of these and I just kept reading. Here are a few of my favorites. The facts are in bold. I’m clearly missing baseball:

San Francisco manager Alving Dark told reporters that NASA would ‘put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run.’ Perry hit his first home run 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” —-George F. Will

On July 17, 1990 the Minnesota Twins turned two triple plays in one game.

Kickball is a sport invented by soccer players who wanted to know what a home run felt like.

There are 12,386,344 possible plays in a baseball game.

Every baseball player is a combination of who they were coached by, who they played with, and who they watched on TV.

“Little league baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”—-Yogi Berra.

Moises Alou and Kerry Wood admitted to peeing on their hands during the season to tighten their grip.

Nobody’s perfect, unless they go 9 innings with no runs, no hits, no errors, and no runners left on base.

Remember that guy that gave up playing baseball? Neither does anybody else.

Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.

Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm homered in his first major league at-bat. He played 21 years in the majors and had 493 plate appearances. It was the only home run of his career.

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed 3 out of 10 times and be considered a good performer.”—–Ted Williams

The beauty of being a female baseball fan is that I can appreciate a perfectly executed double play AND how the players look in their tight pants.

A friend is a person who is willing to lay down a bunt to get you to second.

When a coach throws batting practice to his entire team he is willingly sacrificing what’s left of his arm for the good of his players.

In the mid-1800s you could be put out between the bases by having the ball thrown directly at you and hitting you. It was known as ‘patching’.

“I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”—-Pete Rose

The only thing better than a dad who knows baseball is a mom who knows baseball.

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.”—-Sandy Koufax

Rickey Henderson walked more times leading off an inning than several Hall-of-famers walked total in their entire careers. Those players include Lou Brock, Ernie Banks, Kirby Puckett, Roberto Clemente, and Ryne Sandberg.

People who understand baseball are not better than everybody else, but everyone else would be better if they understood baseball.

I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.

There are two days every year where no professional sports are played. The day before and the day after the MLB All-Star game.

If a girl can watch 9 innings of baseball, know what’s going on and then have a conversation about the game later, marry her.

“You can’t just sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.” —-Earl Weaver

Some people say baseball is a matter of life or death. I assure you it is much more important than that. —unknown

“Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”—-Bill Veeck

“I can see how Sandy Koufax won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost 5.”—-Yogi Berra