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Ball Four Ball Four by Jim Bouton
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“It never hurts to apologize, especially if you don't mean it.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“I can still remember Pete Rose, on the top step of the dugout screaming, “Fuck you, Shakespeare.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“The day he is out of baseball will be the day he starts to think about what comes next. By then, it may be too late.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“The older they get, the better they get when they were younger”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Pete Rose gets banned for life for gambling while the drug addicts are allowed back after a year; and then they get extra chances after that. Baseball is saying, in effect, that gambling is worse than drugs. How do kids make sense out of that?”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“I’m not sure I’m going to like Don Mincher. I keep hearing that big southern accent of his. It’s prejudice, I know, but every time I hear a southern accent I think: stupid. A picture of George Wallace pops into my mind. It’s like Lenny Bruce saying he could never associate a nuclear scientist with a southern accent.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“I think I should be allowed to be only fair, or even mediocre, for a while.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Front offices are more interested in players that are far than players that are near.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Sometimes the bedsheet is a Confederate flag. I wonder how the Negro players feel about them. The worst part is that these things are hung by kids. Why the hell couldn’t they let that stuff die with their grandfathers? These are not rebels who want something new. These are rebels who want to bring back the old. Doug”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Has anybody noticed that we haven’t won a game since we ate that chicken á la king?”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“The author says his young son, adopted from South Korea, occasionally burps and says thank you but otherwise is doing all right.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Religion is like baseball,” said Steve. “Great game, bad owners.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“The author relates that Mickey Mantle did not expect to play one day and showed up extremely hung over. He was nevertheless called on to pitch and smashed a towering home run to an enthusiastic ovation. He related to his teammates, "Those people don't know how tough that was.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“The pitching coach was bugged by the author's technique because he had never seen anyone do it before, and besides, it wasn't the coach's idea.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Don’t ever think $7,000 isn’t a lot of money in baseball. I’ve had huge arguments over a lot less.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“High school games would just as big a deal to me as any major league game.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Doubleday’s First Law, which states that if you throw a fastball with insufficient speed, someone will smack it out of the park with a stick.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“When I approached him a second time with the cameras rolling, Munson grabbed the microphone and suggested I perform a physical impossibility.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Gary Bell is nicknamed Ding Dong. Of course. What’s interesting about it is that “Ding Dong” is what the guys holler when somebody gets hit in the cup. The cups are metal inserts that fit inside the jock strap, and when a baseball hits one it’s called ringing the bell, which rhymes with hell, which is what it hurts like. It’s funny, even if you’re in the outfield, or in the dugout, no matter how far away, when a guy gets it in the cup you can hear it. Ding Dong.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Before the first workout, Joe Schultz, the manager (he’s out of the old school, I think, because he looks like he’s out of the old school—short, portly, bald, ruddy-faced, twinkly eyed), stopped by while I was having a catch. “How you feeling, Jim?” he asked. I wonder what he meant by that.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“Sheldon Kopp, the author and psychologist, wrote, “There are no great men. If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four
“The author emphasizes the importance of self-forgetfulness when his statistics were marred by a bad outing. He forgot all of that outing to such an extent that he quipped, "What was my name?”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four