Quotes on Baseball as Love and Labor

"If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery." ~ Babe Ruth

“If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.”
~ Babe Ruth


“Love and work … work and love, that’s all there is.” ~ Sigmund Freud. As one of the few Freudian ideas that have survived over time under lighter intellectual assault,  the so-called “Father of Psychiatry” also noted that we all have only one emotional energy tank for fueling the needs of both love and labor, and that implicitly, things go better for us when we love the work we do.

Here is a small collection of quotes from baseball people, direct hits and side swipes, about love and labor, and work and play, in baseball:

“Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” ~ Al Lopez.

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” ~ Yogi Berra.

“Nothing in baseball can bring me down to the level where I was growing up in Pine Bluff, crying and broke. This is fun for me. Whenever you see me slumping, nah, I don’t get upset; I’m all right.”~ Torii Hunter.

“You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.”~ Cal Ripken, Jr.

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”~ George Will.

“Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.”~ Ernie Harwell.

“When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.”~ Joe DiMaggio.

“I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball.” ~ Satchel Paige.

“The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know.” ~ Mickey Mantle.

“If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.” ~ Babe Ruth.

“If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.” ~ Yogi Berra.


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eagle-0range Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas



2 Responses to “Quotes on Baseball as Love and Labor”

  1. Rick B. Says:

    “When they start the game, they don’t yell, ‘Work ball.’ They say, ‘Play ball.'” – Willie Stargell

  2. Patrick Callahan '56 Says:

    OUTSTANDING! made my day!

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