A. Bartlett Giamatti
There’s nothing bad that accrues from baseball.
Major sports are major parts of society. It’s not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.
Baseball has undergone and absorbed a whole set of dislocations.
All I ever wanted to be was president of the American League.
Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That’s why we get into trouble all the time. We’re always viewed as naive.
The professionals must set a good example.
On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
No one man is superior to the game.
Universities are not here to be mediums for the coercion of other people, they’re here to be mediums for the free exchange of ideas.
There are a lot of people who know me who can’t understand for the life of them why I would got to work on something as unserious as baseball. If they only knew.
Some of my academic friends think I’ve fallen from a very special grace.
We have an obligation to spread amateur baseball both at home and abroad. Building up the game at all levels – Little League, Babe Ruth Leagues, the colleges – is in our own self-interest. That’s where the pool of talent is – and also of fans.
I’m the world’s expert on sterotypes held by academics about athletes and held by athletes about academics. To me, both of them are caricatures.
Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.