Babe Ruth was an American professional baseball player that played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1914 and 1935.
He started his MLB career as a star left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox team, but later rose to prominence as a slugging outfielder for the “New York Yankees”. He was nicknamed as “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”.
Ruth set several MLB hitting (and pitching) marks, including career home runs (714), runs batted in 2,213), bases on balls [2,062], slugging percentage [.690], and on-base plus slugging (OPS) [1.164]; the last two are still in place as of 2021.
Ruth is widely recognised as one of America’s greatest sports heroes, and many believe him to be the greatest baseball player of all time.
Ruth was one of the “first five” inaugural members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
We have compiled a list of the top quotes from Babe Ruth for you.
Best Babe Ruth Quotes
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Don’t be afraid to take advice. There’s always something new to learn.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Wealth is always attracted, never pursued.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“A part of control is learning to correct your weaknesses.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
Top Babe Ruth Quotes
“I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Life is a game like any other; we just don’t take it as seriously.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I’m only going one way.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“What the hell difference does it make?” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“If you want to hit home runs, you’ve go to swing a lot.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Well, the good Lord and good luck must have been with me because I did exactly what I said I was going to do.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Love the game of baseball and baseball will love you.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
Famous Babe Ruth Quotes
“What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me – all this I owe to the game of baseball.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I’ll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you, fifty thousand dollars, or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women. They’re too much fun.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I’d give a year of my life if I could hit a homerun on opening day of this great new park.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
Popular Babe Ruth Quotes
“Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It’s hard to keep awake with nothing to do.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think it is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth – that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
Inspiring Babe Ruth Quotes
“To my sick little pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“The termites have got me.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“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.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Hotter ’n hell, ain’t it, Prez?” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“Don’t ever forget two things I’m going to tell you. One, don’t believe everything that’s written about you. Two, don’t pick up too many checks.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.” ~ (Babe Ruth).
“They started something here, and the kids are keeping the ball rolling.” ~ (Babe Ruth).