Bill Veeck Quotes (19 Quotes)

    When you're out there in the big league pressure cooker, a pitcher's attitude -- his utter confidence that he has an advantage of will and luck and guts over the hitter -- is almost as important as his stuff.

    Im for the dreamers. The only really important things in history have been started by the dreamers. They never know what cant be done.

    McGraw had been a great friend of my father's in the days when McGraw was managing the New York Giants and my daddy was president of the Chicago Cubs.

    The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball.

    There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.

    Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience, has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.

    I try not to break the rules but merely to test their elasticity.

    I did my best to look ashamed of myself.

    Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?

    The White Sox had long ago tested the loyalty of their rooters the weak and faint of heart had fallen by the wayside and only the strong, the dedicated and the masochistic remained. If there is any justice in this world, to be a White Sox fan freed a man from any other form of penance.

    The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people.

    I was in the game for love. After all, where else can an old-timer with one leg, who can't hear or see, live like a king while doing the only thing I wanted to do?

    I do not think that winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing.

    After a month or so in St. Louis, we were looking around desperately for a way to draw a few people into the ball park, it being perfectly clear by that time that the ball club wasn't going to do it unaided.

    I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.

    The Falstaff people, romantics all, went for it. They were so anxious to find out what I was going to do that they could hardly bear to wait out the two weeks. I was rather anxious to find out what I was going to do, too.

    I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.

    What can I do, I asked myself, that is so spectacular that no one will be able to say he had seen it before? The answer was perfectly obvious. I would send a midget up to bat.

    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.

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