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60,616. Part of the art of bowling spin is to make the batsman think something special is happening when it isn’t. (Deceit & Ball & Cricket) Shane Warne
64,739. 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
64,540. 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. (Baseball & Ball) Hank Aaron
64,548. 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. (Baseball & Ball) Jay Leno
64,553. 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. (Baseball & Ball) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
64,564. The only game in which the defense has the ball. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: Our Game, PBS *****
64,567. By the time of the American Revolution there were many variations. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,568. Townball was by far the most popular. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,595. 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. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: The Faith of Fifty Million People
64,597. One man eclipsed them all: Babe Ruth. Ken Burns, Baseball: A National Heirloom
64,598. The ball hit Chapman in the temple, crushing the side of his skull. He died the next morning. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,608. Gehrig had become the best hitter in the American League. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: Shadow Ball
64,609. On June 3rd 1932 Lou Gehrig ... hit four home runs in a single game. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,626. 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. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: The National Pastime
64,627. He hit .387 in his first season. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,628. He batted .625 and stole seven bases seemed only to antagonise his future team-mates. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,648. Mr Mantle: Mickey Mantle took Joe DiMaggio’s spot in centre-field and his position as the centrepiece of the Yankee attack. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: The Capital of Baseball
64,649. He became a superb switch-hitter. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,650. Five hundred and sixty-five feet. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,653. Willie Mayes: he was born Westfield Alabama on May 6th 1931 ... He seemed able to do everything. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,654. According to Joe DiMaggio, Mayes had the greatest throwing arm he had ever seen. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,658. 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 & Ball) Baseball: A Whole New Ball Game
64,659. For the first time baseball would move inside. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,662. His name was Sandy Koufax ... He’ll strike you out, an opposing batter said, but he won’t embarrass you. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,663. Casey Stengel believed him [Koufax] the best pitcher in baseball history. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,664. Sandy Koufax ... would become the youngest man elected to the hall of fame. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,668. Hank Aaron ... When he finally left the game he had hit 755 home runs. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: Home
64,679. Ken Griffey junior was thrilling fans with one of the most beautiful swings in all of baseball history. (Baseball & Ball) Ken Burns, Baseball: The Tenth Inning I
64,695. It took McGwire only 145. (Baseball & Ball) Baseball: The Tenth Inning II
64,696. The two sluggers entered the final weekend of the season tied at 65. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.
64,697. McGwire: 70 ... Sosa finished the season with 66 home runs. (Baseball & Ball) ibid.