Bill Veeck quotes

  • To give one can of beer to a thousand people is not nearly as much fun as to give 1,000 cans of beer to one guy. You give a thousand people a can of beer and each of them will drink it, smack his lips and go back to watching the game. You give 1,000 cans to one guy, and there is always the outside possibility that 50,000 people will talk about it.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Fun #Beer #Games

  • There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Winter #Two

  • Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Softball #Baseball #Inspirational Sports

  • I try not to break the rules, but merely to test their elasticity.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Trying #Tests

  • The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Beautiful #Sports #People

  • It never ceases to amaze me how many of baseball's wounds are self-inflicted.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Self #Wounds

  • The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Spring #Sound #Bats

  • I do not think that winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Winning #Thinking #Important

  • Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Stars #Games #Play

  • This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Games

  • Baseball is the only thing beside the paper clip that hasn't changed
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Paper #Clip

  • An island of surety in a changing world.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Islands #World

  • If you can't outsmart people, outwork them.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Motivational #Baseball #People

  • I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Moving #Years

  • What we have are good gray ballplayers, playing a good gray game and reading the good gray Wall Street Journal. They have been brainwashed, dry-cleaned and dehydrated!... Wake up the echoes at the Hall of Fame and you will find that baseball's immortals were a rowdy and raucous group of men who would climb down off their plaques and go rampaging through Cooperstown, taking spoils.... Deplore it if you will, but Grover Cleveland Alexander drunk was a better pitcher than Grover Cleveland Alexander sober.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Wall #Reading

  • Suffering is overated.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Love #Life #Relationship

  • Suffering is overrated. It doesn't teach you anything.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Funny #Suffering #Teach

  • Baseball is the only game left for people. To play basketball, you have to be 7 feet 6 inches. To play football, you have to be the same width.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Basketball #Baseball #Football

  • People identify with the swashbuckling individuals, not polite little men who field their position well. Sir Galahad had a big following - but I'll bet Lancelot had more.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Men #People

  • The Falstaff people, romantics all, went for it. They were so anxious to find out what I was going to do that they could hardly bear to wait out the two weeks. I was rather anxious to find out what I was going to do, too.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Two #People #Waiting

  • The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Games #Too Late

  • Hating the Yankees isn't part of my act. It is one of those exquisite times when life and art are in perfect conjunction.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Art #Hate

  • What can I do, I asked myself, that is so spectacular that no one will be able to say he had seen it before? The answer was perfectly obvious. I would send a midget up to bat.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Bats #Answers #Able

  • How can you be a sage if you're pretty? You can't get your wizard papers without wrinkles.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Wisdom #Wrinkles #Sage

  • I believe in God, but I'm not too clear on the other details.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Believe #Details #Clear

  • I'm for the dreamers. The only really important things in history have been started by the dreamers. They never know what can't be done.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Dreamer #Important #Done

  • Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience, has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Attitude #Atmosphere

  • If there is any justice in this world, to be a White Sox fan frees a man from any other form of penance.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Men #White #Justice

  • If U.S. Grant had been leading a team of baseball players, they'd have second guessed him all the way to the doorknob of the Appomattox Courthouse.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Team #Player

  • When there is no room for individualism in ballparks, then there will be no room for individualism in life.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Rooms #Individualism

  • When the Supreme Court says baseball isn't run like a business, everybody jumps up and down with joy. When I say the same thing, everybody throws pointy objects at me.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Baseball #Running #Joy

  • I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Kids #Mind #Trying

  • I don't want the natural athlete -- I want a guy who'll go after the hard ones.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Athlete #Guy #Want

  • I was in the game for love. After all, where else can an old-timer with one leg, who can't hear or see, live like a king while doing the only thing I wanted to do?
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Kings #Games #Legs

  • I don't mind the high price of stardom. I just don't like the high price of mediocrity.
    -- Bill Veeck

    #Leadership #Sports #Mind

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