Casey Stengel – Famous Quotes

  • Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.
  • All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.
  • Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ’em I never knew existed before.
  • Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.
  • Don’t cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself.
  • Don’t drink in the hotel bar, that’s where I do my drinking.
  • Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
  • Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.
  • I came in here and a fella asked me to have a drink. I said I don’t drink. Then another fella said hear you and Joe DiMaggio aren’t speaking and I said I’ll take that drink.
  • I don’t know if he throws a spitball but he sure spits on the ball.
  • I don’t like them fellas who drive in two runs and let in three.
  • I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I’ve been thrown out of so many.
  • I got players with bad watches – they can’t tell midnight from noon.
  • I was not successful as a ball player, as it was a game of skill.
  • I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.
  • If we’re going to win the pennant, we’ve got to start thinking we’re not as good as we think we are.
  • If you’re playing baseball and thinking about managing, you’re crazy. You’d be better off thinking about being an owner.
  • If you’re so smart, let’s see you get out of the Army.
  • It’s wonderful to meet so many friends that I didn’t used to like.
  • Managing is getting paid for home runs that someone else hits.
  • Most ball games are lost, not won.
  • Most games are lost, not won.
  • Never make predictions, especially about the future.
  • No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.
  • Now there’s three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain.
  • Oldtimers, weekends, and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they’re successful.
  • Son, we’d like to keep you around this season but we’re going to try and win a pennant.
  • Sure I played, did you think I was born at the age of 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you?
  • The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
  • The Mets have shown me more ways to lose than I even knew existed.
  • The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.
  • The team has come along slow but fast.
  • The trick is growing up without growing old.
  • The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It’s that they stay out all night looking for it.
  • The trouble with women umpires is that I couldn’t argue with one. I’d put my arms around her and give her a little kiss.
  • The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day, just two out of three.
  • There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.
  • There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them.
  • They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.
  • They say Yogi Berra is funny. Well, he has a lovely wife and family, a beautiful home, money in the bank, and he plays golf with millionaires. What’s funny about that?
  • They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again.
  • Two hundred million Americans, and there ain’t two good catchers among ’em.
  • When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you’re older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
  • Without losers, where would the winners be?
  • You got to get twenty-seven outs to win.
  • You gotta learn that if you don’t get it by midnight, chances are you ain’t gonna get it, and if you do, it ain’t worth it.
  • You gotta lose ’em some of the time. When you do, lose ’em right.
  • You have to go broke three times to learn how to make a living.
  • You have to have a catcher because if you don’t you’re likely to have a lot of passed balls.