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Baseball

  • 'Does one eat peanuts at a ball game?' 'It ain't hardly legal if you don't.'

  • ... all through my childhood, my father kept from me the knowledge that the daily papers printed daily box scores, allowing me to believe that without my personal renderings of all those games he missed while he was at work, he would be unable to follow our team in the only proper way a team should be followed, day by day, inning by inning. In other words, without me, his love for baseball would be forever incomplete.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin,
    • in Peter H. Gordon et al., Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball ()
  • Baseball lasts as long as it takes. Like life, like love, baseball exists in real time.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • "Why I Love Baseball," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • A fan without a team is like a hog without truffles — she has nothing to root for.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • "Why I Love Baseball," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • I'll never understand why it's easier for a female to become an astronaut or cop or fire fighter or soldier or Supreme Court justice than it is to become a major league umpire. For Christ sakes, it's only baseball.

    • Pam Postema,
    • in Pam Postema and G. Wojciechowski, You've Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League: My Life As an Umpire ()
  • I'm not sure what it means, but whenever the ball is not in play, somebody grabs his crotch.

    • Paula Bouton,
    • in Bob Chieger, Was It Good for You, Too? ()
  • It's about / the ball, / the bat, / the mitt, / the bases / and the fans. / It's done / on a diamond, / and for fun. / It's about / home, and it's about run.

    • May Swenson,
    • "Analysis of Baseball," More Poems to Solve ()
  • I oiled my glove yesterday. / Half the season is over. / When will I be ready?

    • Lynn Rigney Schott,
    • "Spring Training," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • ... that crack of the bat against a ball has been my mantra, a sound I hear in desperate moments, at times when I crave total satisfaction, a sound I hear over and over when I want something very badly but can't express what it is.

    • Lucy Jane Bledsoe,
    • "State of Grace," in Naomi Holoch and Joan Nestle, eds., Women on Women 2 ()
  • When I was fifteen I believed that sex was nearly the same thing as softball.

    • Lucy Jane Bledsoe,
    • "State of Grace," in Naomi Holoch and Joan Nestle, eds., Women on Women 2 ()
  • [On Bull Durham:] I left the theater haunted by this tragic tale of forbidden love. Not the love of a woman for a man. The love of a woman for baseball. [Annie Savoy] was forced to settle for the great feminine trade-off: If you can't be it, sleep with a man who can. Hence her long career as a glorified groupie of the hometown team. They wouldn't let her pitch balls, so she balled pitchers instead.

    • Kathy Maio,
    • in Sojourner: The Women's Forum ()
  • Anyone who says that softball is a boring game to watch isn't looking at the right things.

  • [On softball:] Diamonds are a dyke's best friend.

  • [On the Chicago Cubs:] Being a Cubs fan prepares you for life — and Washington.

  • The outfield is a black universe provoking the same endless contemplation of nature's mysteries that occurs when you look through a telescope.

    • Vanalyne Green,
    • in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • In a neighborhood where most children grew up Lutheran or Methodist, we grew up Baseball.

    • Molly O'Neill,
    • "Coming to the Plate," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • Baseball is already the world's most tranquil sport. It is probably the only active sport where you are not seriously required to be alive to play.

    • Nikki Giovanni,
    • "A Patriotic Plea for Poetry Justice," Sacred Cows ... And Other Edibles ()
  • In right field we had a woman who was a therapist. As a right fielder, she was a wonderful therapist. ... Whenever a fly popped up to center, she could be heard saying to the center fielder, 'I believe in your skills; I support you in your effort to catch the ball.'

  • He began to like baseball / when he found someone / who knew less about it than he did.

    • Elinor Nauen,
    • "How Hans Became an American," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • ... baseball is played on the fields of the imagination as much as on the diamond ...

    • Elinor Nauen,
    • in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • For every man with a baseball story — a memory of a moment at the plate or in the field — there is a woman with a couldn't-play-baseball story.

  • ... baseball is where boys practice being boys and / men practice being boys, and / they get real good at it.

    • Mary Cecile Leary,
    • "Why I Love It," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • Oh, the joys of baseball, manly men in tight pants.

    • Carolyn Hart,
    • "Mothers Must Do," in Mary Daheim et al., Motherhood Is Murder ()
  • The outfield is the place to dream, / where slow moons fall out of the sky / and rise clean over a green horizon.

    • Eloise Klein Healy,
    • "Double Play," in Joli Sandoz, ed., A Whole Other Ball Game: Women's Literature on Women's Sport ()