Famous Quotes & Sayings

John Thorn Quotes & Sayings

Enjoy the top 42 famous quotes, sayings and quotations by John Thorn.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

Famous Quotes By John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1730414

There was much woe and lamentation in the seventies that the game was dying. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 501312

But the dream is never forgotten, only put aside and never out of reach: Where once the dream connected boys with the world of men, now it reconnects men with the spirit of boys. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1293879

Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1453381

Although the world proved not yet ready for the brotherhood of baseball, that would be only a matter of time, baseball magnates believed. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1061695

It says, I think, that at root that we're children, or we'd like to be. And the best of us each keep as much of that childhood with us as we grow into adulthood, as we can muster ... And even after we're past the point of being able to play the game with any skill, if we love it, then it's like Peter Pan - we remain boys forever, we don't die. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 944747

My egotistical concern was less that I would fail to relate to my classmates than that they would know nothing of my uniquely tortured life's course and, thus, me. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2000907

The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year. Interest in college football was exploding, and there was this new game called basketball. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1843489

Except in expert hands, stats can get in the way of story; an array of data that might better be presented in a table instead clogs up sentences. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1776937

I'd just like to see - in writing about baseball - more energy and better craft, minus statistical bludgeoning and invective. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2068912

Planning to play: that's what saving for retirement is today - and it is antithetical to the nature of play, fully within the definition of work, and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2124497

One of the first lessons he or she learns is that in baseball anything, absolutely anything, can happen. Just two days ago as I write this, something happened that had never happened in baseball before. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1175913

The heroes of our youth grow old - 'the boys of summer in their ruin', in Dylan Thomas's verse - yet we seem the same. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1963944

Pursuing employment or climatic relief, we live in voluntary exile from our extended families and our longer past, but in an involuntary exile from ourselves and our own past. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 433117

But the citizens of Cincinnati loved their Reds because they won, no matter what their addresses had been the year before. They rooted for the Old-English 'C' on the players' shirts. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1697761

If I haven't made myself clear, this worrisome chain of events describes the game of the nineteenth century. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1616153

Do we settle on a regional team because we can go to its ballpark and see its games on television? Or do we choose a team as our favorite because it has an especially appealing player, a Barry Bonds or an Ichiro? — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1444206

Baseball presents a living heritage, a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons past and the hope of next day, next week, next year. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1552116

We know these men are professionals whose services are up for bid and whose bags are packed, and yet we call them our own and take personal, even civic pride in their accomplishments. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1779626

Better than anything else in our culture, it enables fathers and sons to speak on a level playing field while building up from within a personal history of shared experience - a group history - that may be tapped into at will in years to come. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1893591

More fundamentally, it is a dream that does not die with the onset of manhood: the dream is to play endlessly, past the time when you are called home for dinner, past the time of doing chores, past the time when your body betrays you past time itself. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2039779

Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own. Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity not only resembles work but is work. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2135299

Donning a glove for a backyard toss, or watching a ball game, or just reflecting upon our baseball days, we are players again, forever young. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2145634

But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim its place as the national pastime: new heroes, spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion, both within the major leagues and around the world. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2189133

Distant replay morphs into instant replay, and future replay cannot be far off. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 2227530

I am opposed, naturally, to regurgitating anecdote or any other form of received wisdom, unless it is characterized as such. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 854299

And then came the nineties, when management, suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players, sought to restore baseball's profitability by 'running the game like a business.' — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 175735

Finally, for all of us but a lucky few, the dream of playing big-time baseball is relinquished so we can get on with grown-up things. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 184107

In response to the challenge of strangers, sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's armed might as well as its pride of place and clan. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 232322

We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride, our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as, yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns, other states, other regions. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 394722

For many in baseball September is a month of stark contrast with April, when everyone had dared to hope. If baseball is a lot like life, as pundits declare, it is because life is more about losing than winning. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 443126

Keep score, which is what the Talmud recognizes as a distinction between work and play that renders a game unfit for the Sabbath. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 488363

Why we play as children is not because it is our work or because it is how we learn, though both statements are true; we play because we are wired for joy, it is imperative as human beings. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 510030

Just because I am increasingly bored by sabermetric arcana doesn't mean anyone else has to be; it remains good for people who like that sort of thing. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 727563

Baseball is not a conventional industry. It belongs neither to the players nor management, but to all of us. It is our national pastime, our national symbol, and our national treasure. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1532606

The National League was born the following year, as an attempt to exert the control of capital over labor. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 973969

In over 160 years of recorded baseball history, no team had ever won a championship this way. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1005159

Whatever else I do before finally I go to my grave, I hope it will not be looking after young people. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1216896

I think that much of this was running in background as I contemplated whether or not to attend the PS 99 reunion, although I certainly anticipated that I would not; it smelled like death, not youth. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1375934

This illuminates not only fans' interest in major league teams but also the minors and even Little League. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1441118

For many of us, sport has provided the continuity in our lives, the alternative family to the one we left behind. It gives us something to talk about, to preen about, to care about. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 118576

As the game enters its glorious final weeks, the chill of fall signals the reality of defeat for all but one team. The fields of play will turn brown and harden, the snow will fall, but in the heart of the fan sprouts a sprig of green. — John Thorn

John Thorn Quotes 1491897

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense: the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family. — John Thorn