For me, baseball is the most nourishing game outside of literature. They both are re-tellings of human experience.
Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building.
A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
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.
A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.
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.
Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
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.
Some of my academic friends think I've fallen from a very special grace.
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.
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.
No one man is superior to the game.
On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
The professionals must set a good example.
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.
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