Frank Robinson quotes

  • Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Sports #Baseball #Horseshoes

  • Be anything you want to be, but don't be dull.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Writing #Dull #Want

  • Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more determined. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out. They say you can't hit if you're on your back, but I didn't hit on my back. I got up.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Favors #Determined #Made

  • I always tried to do the best. I knew I couldn't always be the best, but I tried to be.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Being The Best

  • You have to have a short memory as a closer.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Memories #Short Memory

  • The way we're going... if I called up another pitcher, he'd just hang up the phone on me.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Sports #Phones #Way

  • No. 1, these guys out here on this field. They keep my energy level up. They try hard, they don't complain about things - and I'd just like to be with them when things are good, and hopefully we can win a pennant together.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Sports #Winning #Guy

  • I know a lot of people on the field - players, coaches, managers - are glad that I'm gone.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Player #People #Gone

  • Managers don't have as much leverage as they used to have. We can't really be the boss.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Boss #Used

  • I haven't seen a player in this game, as long as I've been in it, that can't be pitched to... Barry is an outstanding ballplayer. I respect him an awful lot. I also have confidence in my pitchers that they can pitch to Barry Bonds and get him out.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Confidence #Player #Games

  • Listen, I was the first black manager in baseball and there was incredible pressure. I don't blame anyone else. I was too tough . . . I lack patience. I probably got on guys a little too hard, with the wrong tone of voice.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Baseball #Voice #Guy

  • But I'm not going to walk Barry Bonds, like some teams do, in the first inning with nobody on.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Team #Firsts #Walks

  • I just didn't have anything to say, so I said nothing.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Said

  • At least when it's in French, I won't know what the heck they're saying.
    -- Frank Robinson

  • All in all, I wouldn't call it a bad outing. It was a short outing.
    -- Frank Robinson

  • The fan is the one who suffers. He cheers a guy to a .350 season then watches that player sign with another team. When you destroy fan loyalties, you destroy everything.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Loyalty #Cheer #Team

  • No, I don't think my presence will cause an increase in black attendance at Cleveland. People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Winning #Player #Thinking

  • It's nice to come into a town and be referred to as the manager of the Cleveland Indians instead of as the first black manager.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Nice #Black #Cleveland

  • I had no trouble communicating, the player's just didn't like what I had to say.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Player #Trouble #Communicate

  • If the guys on the bench were as good as the guys you have out there, they'd be out there in first place.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Guy #Benches #Firsts

  • I don't see why you reporters keep confusing Brooks (Robinson) and me. Can't you see that we wear different numbers.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Numbers #Confusing #Different

  • Whether you're trying to excel in athletics or in any other field, always practice. Look, listen, learn - and practice, practice, practice. There is no substitute for work, no shortcut to the top.
    -- Frank Robinson

    #Basketball #Practice #Trying

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