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Quotes

Quotes About Client

  • "Old Cy Young has the absolutely perfect pitching motion."
    - Christy Mathewson
  • "He's (Cy Young) too green to do your club much good, but I believe if I taught him what I know, I might make a pitcher out of him in a couple of years. He's not worth it now, but I'm willing to give you a $1,000 for him." - Cap Anson
  • "Cap, you can keep your thousand and we'll keep the rube." - Gus Schmelz

Quotes By Client

  • "A pitcher's got to be good and he's got to be lucky to get a no-hit game."
  • "Gosh, all a kid has to do these days is spit straight and get $40,000 for signing."
  • "Too many pitchers, that's all, there are just too many pitchers. Ten or twelve on a team. Don't see how any of them get enough work. Four starting pitchers and one relief man ought to be enough. Pitch 'em every three days and you'd find they'd get control and good, strong arms."
  • "All us Young's could throw, I use to kill squirrels with a stone when I was a kid, and my granddad once killed a turkey buzzard on the fly with a rock."
  • "Gosh, all a kid has to do these days is spit straight and he gets forty thousand dollars to sign."
  • "One of the fellows called me cyclone, but finally shortened it to 'Cy' and it has been that ever since."
  • "I thought I had to show all my stuff and I almost tore the boards of the grandstand with my fastball."
  • "Having learned accuracy in the delivery of the ball, the next thing is to master the curves. Some may have thought it was essential to know how to curve a ball before anything else. Experience, to my mind, teaches to the contrary. Any young player who has good control will become a successful curve pitcher long before the pitcher who is endeavoring to master both curves and control at the same time. The curve is merely an accessory to control. Witness how many good pitchers there were before the curved ball was heard of and how many there are now who employ straight balls as much as curves in their work."
  • "I had a good arm and legs. When I would go to spring training, I would never touch a ball for three weeks. Just would do a lot of walking and running. I never did any unnecessary throwing. I figured the old arm had just so many throws in it, and there wasn't any use wasting them."
  • ".I never warmed up ten, fifteen minutes before a game like most pitchers do. I'd loosen up, three, four minutes. Five at the outside. And I never went to the bullpen. Oh, I'd relieve all right, plenty of times, but I went right from the bench to the box, and I'd take a few warm-up pitches and be ready. Then I had good control. I aimed to make the batter hit the ball, and I threw as few pitches as possible. That's why I was able to work every other day."