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Rogers Hornsby

I’ll be writing a lot about the GCBL this year because, well, I’m going to win it. So rather than start with my own opinions, I’d like to give Rogers Hornsby the first word:

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

OK, a few more from the Rajah:

“I don’t like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the pitcher.”

“I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.”

“Any ballplayer that don’t sign autographs for little kids ain’t an American. He’s a communist.”

“I’ve cheated, or someone on my team has cheated, in almost every single game I’ve been in.”

“The big trouble is not really who isn’t in the Hall of Fame, but who is. It was established for a select few.” [Hornsby died 50 years ago. Prescient stuff.–Ed.]

“80% of big league ballplayers go out to the race track today. Sneak around in sunglasses. Other 20% ain’t that holy. Just can’t find anybody who’ll give ’em free tickets.”

“I always tried to hit the ball back through the box because that is the largest unprotected area.”


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