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English citations of baseball

  • 1744, John Newbery, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book
    THE Ball once struck off,
    Away flies the Boy
    To the next destin'd Post,
    And then Home with Joy,
    Thus Seamen; for Lucre
    Fly over the Main,
    But, with Pleasure transported
    Return back again.
  • 1755, William Bray, Diary of William Bray
    "Easter Monday 31 March 1755
    "Went to Stoke Ch. This morning. After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale's to play at Base Ball with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford & H. Parsons & Jelly. Drank Tea and stayed till 8."
  • 1858, Ball Days
    Come, base ball players all and listen to the song
    About our manly Yankee game, and pardon what is wrong;
    If the verses do not suit you, I hope the chorus will,
    So join with us, one and all, and sing it with a will.
    Then shout, shout for joy, and let the welkin ring,
    In praises of our noble game, for health 'tis sure to bring;
    Come, my brave Yankee boys, there's room enough for all,
    So join in Uncle Samuel's sport—the pastime of base ball.
  • Spring, 1888, Mike “King” Kelly, Play Ball: Stories of the Ball Field
    Many times have I been asked the question, "To what do you ascribe the great popularity of base ball?" This, seems to me, can be answered in just two words, "The excitement."
    Put a base ball uniform on a boy, and you can starve him for a week afterwards. But while you are starving him, allow him to keep the clothes in the room with him. The moment he puts that uniform on, he's the proudest bit of humanity in all this world.
  • 1908, Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    Katie Casey was baseball mad
    Had the fever and had it bad.
    Just to root for the home town crew
    Ev'ry sou
    Katie blew.
    On a Saturday her young beau
    Called to see if she'd like to go
    To see a show, but Miss Kate said "No,
    I'll tell you what you can do:"
    Take me out to the ball game
    Take me out with the crowd
    Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack
    I don't care if I never get back.
    Let me root, root, root for the home team
    If they don't win, it's a shame.
    For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out
    At the old ball game.
  • April 27, 1947, Babe Ruth, Farewell Address
    Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds. Well, it feels just as bad. You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.
    The only real game — I think — in the world is baseball.
  • 1954, Jacques Barzun, God's Country and Mine
    Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.
  • 1960, John Updike, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu
    But of all team sports, baseball, with its graceful intermittences of action, its immense and tranquil field sparsely settled with poised men in white, its dispassionate mathematics, seems to me best suited to accommodate, and be ornamented by, a loner.
  • George Grella, The Melancholy of Baseball
    It creates an immense green field, a gorgeous vista invoking the pastoral, the agricultural, even the peaceable kingdom, but it hints that the lush green garden may also be a vale of tears. Baseball is the saddest game.
  • Alvin L. Hall
    Baseball is regarded as a quintessential American sport. So to understand American culture, you have to understand baseball.
  • Donald Hall
    Baseball, because of its continuity over the space of America and the time of America, is a place where memory gathers.
  • Walt Whitman
    Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose-unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction.
  • Ted Williams
    I know how lucky I've been in life, more than anybody will ever know. I've lived a kind of precarious life style, precarious in sports, flying and baseball. And oh boy. I know how lucky I've been.