Babe Ruth
George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat", was an American Major League
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 player from 1914–1935. Ruth originally broke into the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox
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 as a starting pitcher
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, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees
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 in 1919, he converted to a full-time right fielder
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 and subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters.

A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profits he brings in. Don't make any difference if it's baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. Its business, I tell you. There ain't no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff.

On his demand for $52,000 a year in his 1922 contract, as quoted in The Rivals: The Boston Red Sox Vs. the New York Yankees; An Inside History (2004) by Dan Shaughnessy, p. 40

I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.

On his temper flaring on 25 May 1922, where he threw dirt at an umpire and chased after a heckler in the stands, as quoted in The Rivals: The Boston Red Sox Vs. the New York Yankees; An Inside History (2004) by Dan Shaughnessy, p. 41

What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did.

Anecdote of his response on being asked how he felt holding out for a salary higher than that of the US President, (variously reported as having been in 1929 or 1930) as quoted in Baseball: A History of America's Game (2002) by Benjamin G. Rader, p. 134

Yes, he's a prick, but he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit!

About Ty Cobb, a notoriously vicious player. Quoted in The Sporting News (12 July 1950); as actually published in The Sporting News, "prick" was replaced by "[censored]" — elsewhere, including Field of Screams: The Dark Underside of America's National Pastime (1994) the quote has appeared as "Ty Cobb is a prick." or sometimes "Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit."

To my little sick pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today

His note to a young fan in the hospital, as quoted in Baseball’s Greatest Quotations (1991) by Paul Dickson; sometimes misquoted: "To my sick little pal..."

If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery. I have the same violent temper my father and older brother had. Both died of injuries from street fights in Baltimore, fights begun by flare-ups of their tempers.

As quoted in Baseball as I Have Known It (1996) by Fred Lieb, p. 154

If I'd just tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around six hundred!

As quoted in Stolen!: A History of Base Stealing (1999) by Russell Roberts, Ch. 4 "The Babe Blasts the Steal" p. 71

I decided to pick out the greatest hitter to watch and study, and Jackson was good enough for me.

On Shoeless Joe Jackson, as quoted in Say It Ain't So, Joe! : The True Story of Shoeless Joe Jackson (1999) by Donald Gropman