Babe Ruth quotes:

  • Babe Ruth was great. I'm just lucky. -- Reggie Jackson
  • Don't worry about it. Babe Ruth struck out on occasion, too. -- Walter Annenberg
  • I've had heroes in my life - Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth. -- Tommy Lasorda
  • Babe Ruth made a great mistake when he gave up pitching. -- Tris Speaker
  • Born? Hell, Babe Ruth wasn't born. He fell from a tree. -- Joe Dugan
  • Don't let failure get you down. Babe Ruth struck out over 1,300 times. -- Lou Holtz
  • The current Babe Ruth of improv? Sacha Baron Cohen. He's pretty amazing. -- Seth Rogen
  • Now I've had everything except for the thrill of watching Babe Ruth play. -- Joe DiMaggio
  • The greatest thing I ever saw was Roger Maris breaking Babe Ruth's record. -- Mickey Mantle
  • We need just two players to be a contender. Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax. -- Whitey Herzog
  • Babe Ruth was the home-run king of his time, but also the strikeout king. -- Dan Millman
  • Mr. Rickey, I'll put more people in the park than anybody since Babe Ruth. -- Dizzy Dean
  • He (Babe Ruth) hits a ball harder and further than any man I ever saw. -- Bill Dickey
  • We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax. -- Whitey Herzog
  • Why shouldn't we pitch to Babe Ruth? We pitch to better hitters in the National League. -- John McGraw
  • The first time that I ever saw Babe Ruth was in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. -- Waite Hoyt
  • I don't want people to forget Babe Ruth. I just want them to remember Henry Aaron. -- Hank Aaron
  • Babe Ruth was not afraid to strike out. And it was this fearlessness that contributed to his remarkable career. -- Simon Sinek
  • I can't recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth. -- Hank Aaron
  • Hopefully I can become the Babe Ruth of the World Wrestling Federation and be the champion at the same time. -- Hulk Hogan
  • It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now. -- Mickey Gilley
  • Babe Ruth made a baseball fan of me. I used to go to Yankee Stadium just to see him come to bat. -- Effa Manley
  • If I'm compared to Babe Ruth or Willie Mays, that's great. But I'm just going to go out there and be myself. -- Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Every big leaguer and his wife should teach their children to pray, God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, and God bless Babe Ruth. -- Waite Hoyt
  • When I first came to Yankee Stadium I used to feel like the ghosts of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were walking around in there. -- Mickey Mantle
  • Babe Ruth didn't become her father until 18 months after he married her mother, Claire, on April 17, 1929, Opening Day of the baseball season. Julia was 12 years old. -- Jane Leavy
  • People think of the greatest home run hitters of all time and think of Babe Ruth; they don't think about that Warren Spahn hit more than anybody. -- Rollie Fingers
  • For a long time, I'd been vaguely fascinated by the idea that Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic and Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in the same summer. -- Bill Bryson
  • Honestly, at one time I thought Babe Ruth was a cartoon character. I really did, I mean, I wasn't born until 1961, and I grew up in Indiana. -- Don Mattingly
  • Honestly, at one time I though Babe Ruth was a cartoon character. I really did, I mean I wasn't born until 1961 and I grew up in Indiana. -- Don Mattingly
  • The home run became glorified with Babe Ruth. Starting with him, batters have been thinking in terms of how far they could hit the ball, not how often. -- Rogers Hornsby
  • He (Babe Ruth) was very brave at the plate. You rarely saw him fall away from a pitch. He stayed right in there. No one drove him out. -- Casey Stengel
  • When her boyfriend broke his leg, I knew it was my chance to ask her to dance. So I put down my baseball bat and approached her like Babe Ruth. -- Jarod Kintz
  • I hope he (Babe Ruth) lives to hit one-hundred homers in a season. I wish him all the luck in the world. He has everybody else, including myself, hopelessly outclassed. -- Home Run Baker
  • In 1961, when Maris broke Babe Ruth's record, he wasn't intentionally walked once. Mickey batted after Roger, and nobody was going to put a man on base with Mantle coming up to the plate. -- Mel Allen
  • Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them to say: God bless mommy, God bless daddy, and God bless Babe Ruth! He's upped daddy's paycheck by 15 to 40 percent! -- Waite Hoyt
  • I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance. If you have a vote for the most significant athlete, then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth, then you have Michael Jordan. -- Dick Schaap
  • I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth. -- Roger Maris
  • We'll put an asterisk next to Barry Bonds' name, sure, as soon as we put one next to Babe Ruth's name. Getting to break records before black people were allowed to play? Excuse me, where is that asterisk? -- Daniel Tosh
  • A-Rod wants to be like Babe Ruth. And people don't realize this, he's a lot like Babe Ruth. Before the playoffs a couple of years ago, A-Rod went to the hospital and promised a dying kid he'd ground out to second for him. -- Artie Lange
  • The press still considers me one of the most laid-back athletes since Babe Ruth. That's supposed to be a criticism, but I consider it a compliment because I think being carefree on the course is one of the secrets to scoring well consistently -- Fred Couples
  • Baseball has traditionally possessed a wonderful lack of seriousness. The game's best player, Babe Ruth, was a Rabelaisian fat man, and its most loved manager, Casey Stengel, spoke gibberish. In this lazy sport, only the pitcher pours sweat. Then he takes three days off. -- Thomas Boswell
  • We have an obligation to spread amateur baseball both at home and abroad. Building up the game at all levels - Little League, Babe Ruth Leagues, the colleges - is in our own self-interest. That's where the pool of talent is - and also of fans. -- A. Bartlett Giamatti
  • You can't judge a man by watching him live. . . . I personally watched Babe Ruth at bat three times, and he struck out every time. But at the very time that I was watching him strike out, the record said that he was the greatest home-run king who ever lived. -- Sterling W Sill
  • Don't compare me to Babe Ruth. God gave me the opportunity and the ability to be here at the right time, at the right moment, just like he gave Babe Ruth when he was playing. I just hope I can keep doing what I've been doing - keep taking care of business. -- Sammy Sosa
  • Don't try to tell Namath's people on First Avenue about Babe Ruth, because they don't even know the name. In fact, with the young, you can forget all of baseball. The sport is gone. But if you ever have seen Ruth, and then you see Namath, you know there is very little difference. -- Jimmy Breslin
  • He was a parade all by himself, a burst of dazzle and jingle, Santa Claus drinking his whiskey straight and groaning with a bellyache... Babe Ruth made the music that his joyous years danced to in a continuous party... What Babe Ruth is comes down, one generation handing it down to the next, as a nation heirloom. -- Jimmy Cannon
  • At a book festival in Fort Lauderdale, I met David Eisenhower, Ike's grandson, who was promoting his book 'Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower,' in which he describes attending the Yankees' 154th game in 1961. The whole family had been following Mantle and Maris chase Babe Ruth's home run record across the country. -- Jane Leavy
  • Oscar Charleston was the Willie Mays of his day. Nobody ever played center field better than Willie Mays. Suppose they had never given Willie a chance, and we said that, would anybody believe there was a kid in Alabama who was that good? Or there was a black guy in Atlanta who might break Babe Ruth's home run record? No. -- Monte Irvin
  • You don't have to know anything about baseball to respond to Babe Ruth because he's just this magnificent human being. And a really good story because he was this kid who grew up essentially as an orphan, you know, had a tough life, and then he became the most successful baseball player ever. But he was also a really good guy. -- Bill Bryson
  • In 1922 everything changed again. The Eskimo pie was invented; James Joyce's Ulysses was printed in Paris; snow fell on Mauna Loa, Hawaii; Babe Ruth signed a three-year contract with the New York Yankees; Eugene O'Neill was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Frederick Douglass's home was dedicated as a national shrine; former heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson invented the wrench... -- Bernice L. McFadden
  • Babe Ruth, what can you say? You are almost speechless when people put your name alongside his name. I wish I can go back in time in meet him. Obviously, he was probably the most important sports figure in the world at that time. Hopefully, someday when I pass away, I get to meet him, and then I can really find out what he was really like. -- Mark McGwire
  • I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays. (Babe) Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as (Willie) Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder. -- Sandy Koufax
  • When people put my name next to (Babe) Ruth's name it still blows me away. I'm still in awe. -- Mark McGwire
  • I don't know where Hank Aaron will break (Babe) Ruth's record but I can tell you one thing - ten years from the day he hits it three million people will say they were there. -- Eddie Mathews