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George Herbert “Babe” Ruth was the first athlete whose large personality overshadowed the game. From being a pitcher to becoming the first and still most celebrated sluggers in the history of baseball, Ruth was never one to shy away from the media. Here are 13 memorable quotes from Ruth…
1. If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.
2. Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.
3. All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.
4. Gee, it’s lonesome on the outfield. It’s hard to keep awake with nothing to do.
5. I’ll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you, fifty thousand dollars, or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women. They’re too much fun.
6. If I’d just tried for them dinky singles I could’ve batted around .600.
7. I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.
8. The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
9. How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.
10. I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout.
11. I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.
12. (On Wrigley Field) I’d play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump all the time.