Sparky Anderson
Quotations


A baseball manager is a necessary evil.

Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success.

Good seasons start with good beginnings.

I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets?

I don't want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench.

I understand people who boo us. It's like going to Broadway show, you pay for your tickets and expect to be entertained. When you're not, you have a right to complain.

If I ever find a pitcher who has heat, a good curve, and a slider, I might seriously consider marrying him, or at least proposing.

Just give me 25 guys on the last year of their contracts; I'll win a pennant every year.

My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work.

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it.

Players have two things to do. Play and keep their mouths shut.

Success is the person who year after year reaches the highest limits in his field.

The great thing about baseball is when you're done, you'll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989, I'll tell them I had amnesia.

The only reason I'm coming out here tomorrow is the schedule says I have to.

The only thing I believe is this: A player does not have to like a manager and he does not have to respect a manager. All he has to do is obey the rules.

The players make the manager, it's never the other way.

They say the first World Series is the one you remember most. No, no, no. I guarantee you don't remember that one because the fantasy world you always dreamed about is suddenly real.

You give us the pitching some of these clubs have and no one could touch us, but God has a way of not arranging that, because it's not as much fun.

Those of us lucky enough to be part of the game have a tremendous responsibility—we're charged with giving back to the game all the good things the game has given us.

Casey (Stengel) knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven't even caught on to yet.

Don't call us (ballplayers) heroes. Firemen are heroes.

Every 24 hours the world turns over on someone who was sitting on top of it.

He (Pete Rose) is Cincinnati. He's the Reds.

He's (Jose Canseco) built like a Greek goddess.

He's (Willie Stargell) such a big strong guy he should love that porch. He's got power enough to hit home runs in any park, including Yellowstone.

I cannot get rid of the hurt from losing, but after the last out of every loss, I must accept that there will be a tomorrow. In fact, it's more than there'll be a tomorrow, it's that I want there to be a tomorrow. That's the big difference, I want tomorrow to come.

I can't believe they pay us to play baseball—something we did for free as kids.

I don't know whether I'm a big leaguer or not, but I want to find out, and if I can't do it, then I'll be a minor leaguer the rest of my life.

I don't know why the players make such a big fuss about sitting in the first class section of the plane. Does that mean they'll get there faster?

I managed 26 years and found out when I retired I didn’t own the game. I thought I owned it when I was managing all those years. You can climb to the top of the mountain, get down on your knees and kiss the ground, because you’ll never own that mountain. That mountain is only owned by one single person, and he’ll never give it up. That’s the way baseball is.

If a team is in a positive frame of mind, it will have a good attitude. If it has a good attitude, it will make a commitment to playing the game right. If it plays the game right, it will win—unless, of course, it doesn't have enough talent to win, and no manager can make goose-liver pate out of goose feathers, so why worry?

If I hear Bowie Kuhn say just once more he's doing something for the betterment of baseball, I'm going to throw-up.

If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed.

I hope the car they (Sport Magazine who awarded it to the World Series MVP) give him (Brooks Robinson) has an extra-large glove box.

I've changed my mind about it (DH)—instead of being bad, it stinks.

Pete (Rose) doesn't run with celebrities and he can't stand the phonies. His big buddy in LA ain't Sinatra, it's a funny old groundskeeper.

Problem with (John) Wockenfuss getting on base is that it takes three doubles to score him.

The commissioner needs a tremendous bouquet for what he’s done. He stepped in there now, and they’re drawing all over. I got a kick out of them when they used to say baseball is dying, and football is No. 1. I hate to break the sad news to football, but nothing will ever take the place of baseball. When it goes bad, call me, because I won’t be around, but I can be reached under the ground.

The day I got a hit off (Sandy) Koufax was when he knew it was all over.

The man I marvel at is the one that's in there day after day, and night after night and still puts the figures on the board. I'm talking about Pete Rose, Stan Musial, the real stars. Believe me, especially the way we travel today, flying all night with a game the next night and then the next afternoon, if you can play one-hundred and sixty-two games, you're a man.

This game has taken a lot of guys over the years who would have had to work in factories and gas stations and made them prominent people. I only had a high school education, and believe me, I had to cheat to get that. There isn't a college in the world that would have me and yet in this business you can walk into a room with millionaires, doctors, professional people and get more attention than they get. I don't know any other business where you can do that.



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