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You will lose a country if you impose autumn on a people who need and deserve a summer without yet another denial.

On the baseball strike of 1981.

Bart Giamatti
None None
Commissioner of Baseball

This son of Italian immigrants gave every American something to believe in. He became the symbol of American grace, power and skill. I have no doubt that when future generations look back at the best of America in the 20th century, they will think of the Yankee Clipper and all that he achieved.

On Joe DiMaggio

William Jefferson Clinton
None None
U.S. President

He did everything like a textbook says. He had this perfect swing. He ran the bases right. He played the outfield right. Everybody who saw him knew he was the greatest.

On Joe DiMaggio

John Castiglia
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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again and it blossoms in summer, filling the afternoons and evenings and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it. Rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops

Bart Giamatti
None None
Commissioner of Baseball

The pitcher doesn't know where it's going, the hitter can't hit it, the catcher can't catch it, and it's all over the ballpark before it gets here; it's been enough places that I figure sometime on the trip it must have crossed home plate for a strike.

Regarding the knuckleball

Augie Donatelli
None None

Baseball isn't statistics, it's Joe DiMaggio rounding second base.

Jimmy Breslin
None None

The myth celebrates American innocence in a good lost time, and Babe Ruth was more than a man. He was a parade all by himself, a burst of dazzle and jingle, Santa Claus drinking his whiskey straight and groaning with a bellyache caused by gluttony.

Jimmy Cannon
None None
Reporter, New York Post

If Branch Rickey were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave.

On the state of the Dodgers and baseball in 1999

Ralph Kiner
None None

As I was running to first base, I'd be figuring out my batting average. I think that's why I never was a good ballplayer.

Ray Nemec
None None
Society for American Baseball Research
Minor League Players Committee

There's going to be illegal gambling from now on until eternity, and I'm going to be part of it. This time, though, I don't want that type of high-profile client. If (Rose) hadn't been a client of mine, I'd still be doing what I was doing.

On getting back into the gambling business, and with reference to his belief that authorities had uncovered his crimes, for which he served prison time, only because of his connection to Rose, whom he told baseball investigators had bet on baseball

August, 1999
Ron Peters
None None
Pete Rose's ex-bookie

Cincinnati Enquirer

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