The McFarland Baseball Quotations Dictionary, 3d ed.

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About the Book

“I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn’t know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.”—Joe DiMaggio, Hall of Fame outfielder.
Back again, for a third edition, this compendium of the greatest baseball quotes of all time offers both the wisdom of the world and the bull of the bullpen. From the absurd and profound “Yogi-isms” of Yogi Berra (“If you come to a fork in the road, take it”) to some of the best put-downs ever (“He’s good, but I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who’s as good as he thinks he is”), this work (organized by theme) will remind every reader that there is plenty of time for conversation while the game goes on.

About the Author(s)

David H. Nathan has written for several newspapers and publications including USA Today Baseball Weekly and Sports Collectors Digest, and was a regular contributor to Elysian Fields Quarterly. He has written plays, short stories, and even won haiku competitions. Since 1995, he has taught English in Houston. He lives in Bellaire, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled by David H. Nathan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 350
Bibliographic Info: appendix, indexes
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4790-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8469-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

Aging Gracefully      3

Alibis, Excuses and Analysis      9

The All-Time Greats      13

Amazing Accomplishments and Records      21

Anger and Intensity      30

At the Stadium      34

Attitude Problems      39

A Ballplayer’s Life      44

Base Running      48

Baseball Fans of Note      53

Baseball 101: The Fundamentals      57

Batter Up      61

Battle of the Sexes      66

The Broadcast Booth      70

The Bullpen      78

The Business Section      82

Crossing the White Line      93

Defense      97

The Disabled List      105

Elixirs and Pharmaceuticals      109

Farewell Addresses      115

Food Fights and Weighty Issues      118

Golf, or How I Spent My Off Day      123

Home Runs      125

Hyperbolic Praise      130

Insults      133

Intelligence      137

Law and Order: MLB      144

The Lighter Side of Baseball      149

The Literate View      155

Logic Problems      162

Looks Aren’t Everything      167

Losses, Losing and Losers      173

Malapropisms and Fractured Speech      187

Managing to Manage      191

Media Relations      199

Modesty      203

Number Problems      207

Odds and Ends      211

Owners and Executives      221

Physical Fitness      229

Pitching In      232

Predictions      244

Religion      248

Road Trips      251

Sex: The Other National Pastime      270

Slump-Busting      273

Strategy      276

Today and Yesterday      280

Transactions      286

Umpires      295

Winning      300

INDIVIDUALS

Kinerisms: The Best of Ralph Kiner      303

Maverick Owner: Bill Veeck      305

The Old Professor Speaks: The Words of Casey Stengel      308

Yogi-isms: The Wisdom of Yogi Berra      312

Appendix: Rank by Number of Quotations      317

Name Index      319

Subject Index      333

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Booklist; Reviews of previous editions: “highly amusing and entertaining reading…this work has certainly earned its place on sports reference shelves…exhaustively researched”—Reference Reviews; “brings together some of the best lines from the whole field of baseball”—Public Library Quarterly; “a useful addition”—Choice; “include[s] the most famous quotes about the game and the most colorful characters in it”—ARBA; “a wealth of information…a detailed name index…valuable…easy-to-navigate…so much merit that it deserves a prominent spot on the baseball bookshelf”—Legends; “the best quips and observations on the grand old game in the past hundred years”—USA Today Sports Weekly; “twice the number of quotations from his earlier edition”—The SABR Bulletin; “detailed ascriptions for each quote provide context and elaboration”—Sports Collectors Digest.