Top 26 Jim Bouton Quotes

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Jim Bouton was an American professional baseball player, but he is no more with us. He was born on March 8, 1939, but unfortunately died on July 10, 2019. He served as a pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Atlanta Braves, and Houston Astros.

Besides this, he was a best-selling author, sportscaster, actor, activist, and one of Big league Chew’s greatest creators. The following top 3 quotes by him will change your life. Do follow them.

“Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? ”― Jim Bouton

“A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”― Jim Bouton

“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”― Jim Bouton

“It never hurts to apologize, especially if you don’t mean it.”― Jim Bouton

“I can still remember Pete Rose, on the top step of the dugout screaming, “Fuck you, Shakespeare.”― Jim Bouton

“The day he is out of baseball will be the day he starts to think about what comes next. By then, it may be too late.”― Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton quote on beaseball and life
Jim Bouton quote on beaseball and life

“Sometimes the bedsheet is a Confederate flag. I wonder how the Negro players feel about them. The worst part is that these things are hung by kids. Why the hell couldn’t they let that stuff die with their grandfathers? These are not rebels who want something new. These are rebels who want to bring back the old. Doug”― Jim Bouton

“The only member of the team nobody liked was our 6 o’clock sports guy, a fellow named Howard Cosell. “Monday Night Football” was just getting started and Howard was annoyed at having to be on the same news with mere local personalities, whom he would attack on the air. This was a mistake in the case of Roger Grimsby who was a lot sharper and even more devastating than Cosell, in his own way. I remember one night, at the end of his report, Howard went into a sarcastic putdown of Grimsby that lasted for what seemed like two minutes. Finally, when Howard was finished, the camera switched to Grimsby who was sitting there with his eyes closed, snoring.”― Jim Bouton

“The older they get, the better they get when they were younger”― Jim Bouton

Pete Rose gets banned for life for gambling while the drug addicts are allowed back after a year; and then they get extra chances after that. Baseball is saying, in effect, that gambling is worse than drugs. How do kids make sense out of that?”― Jim Bouton

“I’m not sure I’m going to like Don Mincher. I keep hearing that big southern accent of his. It’s prejudice, I know, but every time I hear a southern accent I think: stupid. A picture of George Wallace pops into my mind. It’s like Lenny Bruce saying he could never associate a nuclear scientist with a southern accent.”― Jim Bouton

12th of 26 Jim Bouton Quotes

“I think I should be allowed to be only fair, or even mediocre, for a while.”― Jim Bouton

“Front offices are more interested in players that are far than players that are near.”― Jim Bouton

“Has anybody noticed that we haven’t won a game since we ate that chicken á la king?”― Jim Bouton Ball

“The author says his young son, adopted from South Korea, occasionally burps and says thank you but otherwise is doing all right.”― Jim Bouton

“Religion is like baseball,” said Steve. “Great game, bad owners.”― Jim Bouton

“The author relates that Mickey Mantle did not expect to play one day and showed up extremely hung over. He was nevertheless called on to pitch and smashed a towering home run to an enthusiastic ovation. He related to his teammates, “Those people don’t know how tough that was.”― Jim Bouton

Top 5 Catfish Hunter Quotes

“The pitching coach was bugged by the author’s technique because he had never seen anyone do it before, and besides, it wasn’t the coach’s idea.”― Jim Bouton

“Don’t ever think $7,000 isn’t a lot of money in baseball. I’ve had huge arguments over a lot less.”― Jim Bouton

“High school games would just as big a deal to me as any major league game.”― Jim Bouton

“Doubleday’s First Law, which states that if you throw a fastball with insufficient speed, someone will smack it out of the park with a stick.”― Jim Bouton

“When I approached him a second time with the cameras rolling, Munson grabbed the microphone and suggested I perform a physical impossibility.”― Jim Bouton

“Gary Bell is nicknamed Ding Dong. Of course. What’s interesting about it is that “Ding Dong” is what the guys holler when somebody gets hit in the cup. The cups are metal inserts that fit inside the jock strap, and when a baseball hits one it’s called ringing the bell, which rhymes with hell, which is what it hurts like. It’s funny, even if you’re in the outfield, or in the dugout, no matter how far away, when a guy gets it in the cup you can hear it. Ding Dong.”― Jim Bouton

“Before the first workout, Joe Schultz, the manager (he’s out of the old school, I think, because he looks like he’s out of the old school—short, portly, bald, ruddy-faced, twinkly eyed), stopped by while I was having a catch. “How you feeling, Jim?” he asked. I wonder what he meant by that.”― Jim Bouton

Top 24 Pedro Martinez Quotes

“Sheldon Kopp, the author and psychologist, wrote, “There are no great men. If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.”― Jim Bouton

“The author emphasizes the importance of self-forgetfulness when his statistics were marred by a bad outing. He forgot all of that outing to such an extent that he quipped, “What was my name?”― Jim Bouton

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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