The Ultimate Major League Quote Battle : Yogi Berra Versus Dizzy Dean

So which Major League player do you think of when you think of outrageous quotes? Baseball players have made some unusual statements through the years. Sometimes what they say makes sense, sometimes it borders on crazy. Finally, right here and now, two players who are well known for their clever quotes will face off to claim the ultimate baseball quote crown.

For the National League, we have Dizzy Dean, who is remembered most for his time with the St. Louis Cardinals. Dizzy mixed a twang with common- sense- humor to get his point across, as a player and as an announcer.

For the American League, we have Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees. Anyone who has heard Yogi knows there is no description for his wisdom. He is just Yogi, one of a kind.

Five quotes were taken for each,  courtesy of the Baseball Almanac.

Up first, is number 17,  Dizzy Dean, who said:

“He, (Branch Rickey) must think I went to the Massachusetts Constitution of Technology.”

“If Satch (Paige) and I were pitching for the same team, we would clinch the pennant by July fourth and go fishing until World Series time.”

“I ain’t what I used to be, but who the hell is?”

“Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn’t, and they ain’t eating.”

“The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.”

Alright, Berra’s got his work cut out for him.  That’s a hard act to follow. Somehow, though, we know Yogi will be up to the task.

So, up next, is number 8, Yogi Berra, who said:

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”

Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

“I always thought that a record would stand until it was broken.”

“If people don’t come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”

“It gets late early out there.”

“So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”

There you have it. So who is your winner? The winner here, of course,  is Yogi Berra. Not only are his quotes more enlightening, but oh yes, he was a Yankee.  But, as Yogi pointed out himself, “I never said most of the things I said!”

Topics: Dizzy Dean, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Yogi Berra

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  • John Doe’s Father

    I went to Yankee Stadium with my dad when I was 6-7, (60 years ago). It’s the only time I ever went. It was a double header and Yogi hit a homer in each game. Ever since, he and Mickey have been my favorite players of all time.

  • Morphy Smith

    Yogi was born and raised in St. Louis. so there is a connection to them both.

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