Picks and Pans Review: Baseball's Greatest Quotes

updated 04/19/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/19/1982 01:00AM

compiled by Kevin Nelson

A San Francisco sports magazine editor, Nelson has anthologized baseball wit and wisdom, from 1869 (team owner Aaron B. Champion: "I would rather be president of the Cincinnati baseball club than President of the United States") to 1981 (broadcaster H.G. Reza: "Watching Fernando Valenzuela force himself into a Dodger uniform is like seeing Kate Smith struggling to fit into a pair of Brooke Shields' designer jeans"). The selections are as earthy as the game itself. Bill Veeck: "Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off." Pitcher Curt Simmons: "Throwing a fastball past Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster." Casey Stengel, on meeting George V of England in 1924: "Nice to meet ya, King." (Fireside, $7.25 paper)

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