"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 newspapers give him."
"Baseball is made up of very few big and dramatic moments, but rather it's a beautifully put together pattern of countless little subtleties that finally add up to the big moment, and you have to be well-versed in the game to truly appreciate them."
"Kranks crawl into a shell and do not emerge until April. While in his shell his only article of food is gray newspaper articles on deals. During the krank's season from April to November he subsists on air and likes it strong. First characteristic is knowing it all and second is telling it all."
THOMAS W. LAWSON
"It isn't really the stars that are expensive. It's the high cost of mediocrity. …