"You must always have an alibi to show why you lost. If you haven't one, you must fake one. Your self-confidence must be maintained. Always have an alibi. But keep it to yourself. That's where it belongs."
"No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result so cleanly defined."
"The sports section records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures."
"A ballplayer has two reputations, one with the other players and one with the fans. The first is based on ability. The second the …