Major League Baseball is almost 150 years old- the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.  It was over seventy-five years ago that MLB player Lou Gehrig called himself,"...the luckiest man on the face of the Earth",  for being blessed with the ability to spend the majority of his life in pinstripes.

Quotes like Gehrig's from baseball legends channel the motivation that has driven some of the greatest MLB coaches and  players to the very top of their game.  Use them when you need a push, or a laugh, to get you to around the bases.


1. "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." - Babe Ruth


2. "You can't steal second base and keep one foot on first." - Reggie Jackson


3. "There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free." - Jackie Robinson


4. "There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens." - Tommy Lasorda


5. "I don't want to be one of those great players who never made the Series." - Ricky Henderson


6. "Fans don't boo nobodies." - Reggie Jackson


7. "There is an old saying that money can't buy happiness. If it could, I would buy myself four hits every game." - Pete Rose


8. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth


9. "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you." - Derek Jeter


10. "It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life."- Mickey Mantle


11. "Hitting is fifty percent above the shoulders." - Ted Williams


12. "Watching other teams in the World Series is like watching somebody else eat a Hot Fudge Sundae." - Joe Torre


13. "If you don't think too good, don't think too much."- Ted Williams


14. "Baseball is ninety-percent mental and the other half is physical". - Yogi Berra


15. "About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure." - Tommy Lasorda


16. "When we lost I couldn't sleep at night. When we win I can't sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better." - Joe Torre


17. "Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid and you can never go wrong." - The Babe, The Sandlot


18. "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."- Jackie Robinson


19.  "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."- Jimmy Dugan, A League Of Their Own