For a time in my life I use to put some snappy quote on my e-mail signature line…it made me feel like I had some pearl to share with my recipient that merited an automatic insertion. A lot of folks I know do similar things — put quotes up at their desk, around the house, or even in the bathroom mirror as something to see and focus on as they get ready for the day.
Whether it be wise, funny, insightful or challenging, quotes have integrated themselves into our daily vernacular.
Baseball is no different — between millions of game stories and years worth of interviews, baseball has yielded some words worth remembering, which are so remembered in The McFarland Baseball Quotations Dictionary.
This is one of those books that would make a welcome addition to your bookshelf. Just be careful how you read it — I made the mistake of trying to sit down and go page after page. A book like this isn’t conducive to that style of reading. This is one of those books that best served sitting in a place where you can pick it up and put it down at will and as the moment suits you. There is no plot, no denoumont…just a few thousand quips, quibbles and quotes from the past 100 years of baseball.
Be aware — this latest edition is a reprint of the 2000 edition — so if you have that copy, only a desure to replace it should warrant a purchase
For those who are purchasing this for the first time – the most recent quotes are from 1999-2000, so if you’re looking for some more recent pearls, you might be disappointed.
But other than that I’ve had a good time perusing these pages — and I think you will too. For me however, besides just reading quotes, the bigger issue is why does baseball have such fertile soil to produce so many oratory fruits? For that answer, we’ll have to go somewhere else.