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Part of the art of bowling spin is to make the batsman think something special is happening when it isn’t. Shane Warne
I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me, none of them. Hank Aaron
The thing I like about baseball is that it’s one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it’s your mistake. If you hit a home run, it’s your home run. Hank Aaron
Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that’s why they never hit any home runs. It’s a safety issue. Jay Leno
Ball-playing communicated such an impulse to our limbs and joints that there is nothing now heard of in our leisure hours but ball ball ball. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The only game in which the defense has the ball. Ken Burns, Baseball: Our Game ***** PBS 1994
By the time of the American Revolution there were many variations. ibid.
Townball was by far the most popular. ibid.
The Red Sox won the World Series that year beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2. One of the series’ stars was the young pitcher Babe Ruth. Ken Burns, Baseball: The Faith of Fifty Million People, PBS 1994
One man eclipsed them all: Babe Ruth. Ken Burns, Baseball: A National Heirloom
The ball hit Chapman in the temple, crushing the side of his skull. He died the next morning. ibid.
Gehrig had become the best hitter in the American League. Ken Burns, Baseball: Shadow Ball
On June 3rd 1932 Lou Gehrig ... hit four home runs in a single game. ibid.
Jack Robinson ... Baseball was relatively low on his list. But he was good enough at it so when he left the Army in 1944 the Kansas City Monarchs offered him a job at shortstop at $400 a month. Ken Burns, Baseball: The National Pastime
He hit .387 in his first season. ibid.
He batted .625 and stole seven bases seemed only to antagonise his future team-mates. ibid.
Mr Mantle: Mickey Mantle took Joe DiMaggio’s spot in centre-field and his position as the centrepiece of the Yankee attack. Ken Burns, Baseball: The Capital of Baseball
He became a superb switch-hitter. ibid.
Five hundred and sixty-five feet. ibid.
Willie Mayes: he was born Westfield Alabama on May 6th 1931 ... He seemed able to do everything. ibid.
According to Joe DiMaggio, Mayes had the greatest throwing arm he had ever seen. ibid.
A two-ton wrecking ball painted to resemble a baseball began to demolish Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the home of the Dodgers from 1913 to 1957. Baseball: A Whole New Ball Game
For the first time baseball would move inside. ibid.
His name was Sandy Koufax ... He’ll strike you out, an opposing batter said, but he won’t embarrass you. ibid.
Casey Stengel believed him [Koufax] the best pitcher in baseball history. ibid.
Sandy Koufax ... would become the youngest man elected to the hall of fame. ibid.
Hank Aaron ... When he finally left the game he had hit 755 home runs. Ken Burns, Baseball: Home
Ken Griffey junior was thrilling fans with one of the most beautiful swings in all of baseball history. Ken Burns, Baseball: The Tenth Inning I
It took McGwire only 145. Baseball: The Tenth Inning II
The two sluggers entered the final weekend of the season tied at 65. ibid.
McGwire: 70 ... Sosa finished the season with 66 home runs. ibid.
Bonds hit home runs more frequently that year than he ever had before ... He appeared in only 102 games. Ken Burns, Baseball: The Tenth Inning III
Barnes had a sensational summer ... Barry Bonds: 73 home runs. Barnes’ 2001 statistics were astounding. ibid.
In 1920 Ruth hit an astonishing 54 home runs. Sporting Greats: Babe Ruth
The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know. Mickey Mantle
I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit. Sachin Tendulkar
As a quarterback, you have to love it. As much as you like to turn around and hand the ball off – the whole traditional football game – as a quarterback, you gotta love putting it in the air. Joe Montana
My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball away from the bat. Satchel Paige
Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move. Satchel Paige
It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square. Pete Rose
They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it. Willie Mays
It will always be the ball and me. Tiger Woods
The golf ball has no sense at all, which is why it has to be given stern lectures constantly, especially during the act of putting. Dan Jenkins
The bowler approached the wicket at a lope, a trot, and then a run. He suddenly exploded in a flurry of arms and legs, out of which flew a ball. Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything
He was the greatest of all batsman. He is perhaps the greatest sportsman the world has seen. Legends of Cricket: Sir Donald Bradman
Bradman’s final average: 99.94. Almost forty runs higher than the next best, Graham Pollock. But what manner of batsman was this run-making phenomenon? ibid.
As a young boy Bradman famously honed his skills batting with a single stump and golf ball. ibid.
The game’s about hitting the ball. Adam Gilchrist: Cricket's Greatest, Gilchrist, Sky 2015
Stool Ball is not extinct but it is quite rare. Alex Horne, The Games That Time Forgot, BBC 2011
It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. Mark Twain
It takes leather balls to play rugby. Rugby slogan
Rugby is played by men with odd shaped balls. Bumper sticker
99 times out of a 1000 he would have potted that ball. Ted Lowe
That kind of ball is meat and two drink for the Palace defence. Denis Irwin
Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer. David Acfield