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The Most Memorable Baseball Movie Quotes Of All-Time

From the classics to the hidden gems, we’ve compiled our list of the most quotable baseball movie lines.

Breaking down the best baseball movie quotes of all time (featuring Ham Porter from The Sandlot)
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When you think of famous baseball movie quotes, what’s the first line that comes to mind?

Is it from The Sandlot? Or Field of Dreams?

It’s no secret that a considerable amount of the best sports films in history are baseball movies. And if you’re reading this, you know why.

So we’ve sifted through the classics and the hidden gems to compile the most memorable lines that encapsulate America’s pastime.

From The Pride of the Yankees to Moneyball – and everything in between – here is our list of the best baseball movie quotes ever.

Top-25 Baseball Movie Quotes

“Heros get remembered, but legends never die.” – The Babe, The Sandlot (1993)

“You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.” – Jim MorrisThe Rookie (2002)

“If you build it, he will come.”  The Voice, Field of Dreams (1989)

“Are you crying? Are you crying? There’s no crying. There’s no crying in baseball!” – Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own (1992)

“You get on base, we win. You don’t, we lose.” – Billy Beane, Moneyball (2011)

“All the arguing in the world can’t change the decision of the umpire.” – Lou Gehrig, The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

“When the bat meets that ball and you feel that ball just give, you know it’s going to go a long way. Damn, if you don’t feel like you’re going to live forever.” – Buck Weaver, Eight Men Out (1988)

“How can you not be romantic about baseball?” – Billy Beane, Moneyball (2011)

A quote from Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) in the 2011 movie Moneyball: "How can you not be romantic about baseball?"

“I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones…and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.” – Annie Savoy, Bull Durham (1988)

“Man, I did love this game. I’d have played for food money. It was the game… The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?” – Shoeless Joe Jackson, Field of Dreams (1989)

“We just don’t recognize life’s most significant moments while they’re happening. Back then I thought, “Well, there’ll be other days.” I didn’t realize that that was the only day.” – Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, Field of Dreams (1989)

“You trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?” – Eddie Harris, Major League (1989)

“There are rich teams and there are poor teams…then there’s 50 feet of crap, and then there’s us.” – Billy Beane, Moneyball (2011)

“Pick me out a winner, Bobby.” – Roy Hobbs, The Natural (1984)

“Don’t think. It can only hurt the ballclub.” – Crash Davis, Bull Durham (1988)

“Pitcher’s got a big butt! Pitcher’s got a big butt!” – Henry Rowengartner, Rookie of the Year (1993)

“I don’t care if they like me. I didn’t come here to make friends. I don’t even care if they respect me. I know who I am. I’ve got enough respect for myself.” – Jackie Robinson, 42 (2013)

"I don't care if they like me. I didn't come here to make friends. I don't even care if they respect me. I know who I am. I've got enough respect for myself." – a quote from Jackie Robinson (portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) in the 2013 film '42'

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great.” – Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own (1992)

“God, I always said I would never bother you about baseball, Lord knows you have bigger things to worry about. But if you could make this pain in my shoulder stop for ten minutes, I would really appreciate it.” – Billy Chapel, For Love of the Game (1999)

“We’re not athletes, we’re baseball players!” – Jack Elliot, Mr. Baseball (1992)

“Juuussst a bit outside.” – Harry Doyle, Major League (1989)

“You’re killing me, Smalls!” – Ham Porter, The Sandlot (1993)

“I love standing on that mound with a baseball in my hand…staring at a guy holdin’ a club 60 feet away…knowing…that he can’t touch me…It is the only place in the world that I feel powerful.” – Ryan Dunne, Summer Catch (2001)

“Everything around here is a competition. You get a bunch of competitors together and you are addicted to winning.” – Finnegan, Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

“You know what’s really great about baseball? You can’t fake it. You know, anything else in life you don’t have to be great in – business, music, art – I mean you can get lucky…not baseball. You can either hit a curveball or you can’t.” – Ben, Fever Pitch (2005)

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Division III baseball alum (McDaniel College) and founder of Joker Mag. Sharing underdog stories to inspire the next generation.

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