John McGraw

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Born Monday 7 April 1873, died Sunday 25 February 1934

Occupation: Athlete

Nationality: American

With my team I am an absolute czar. My men know it. I order plays and they obey. If the don't, I fine them.

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Why shouldn't we pitch to Babe Ruth? We pitch to better hitters in the National League.

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The team that gets off to a good start wins pennants.

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There is but one game and that game is baseball.

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No club that wins a pennant once is an outstanding club. One which bunches two pennants is a good club. But a team which can win three in a row really achieves greatness.

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My boy, one small breeze doesn't make a wind storm.

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Learn to know every man under you, get under his skin, know his faults. Then cater to him - with kindness or roughness as his case may demand.

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In playing or managing, the game of ball is only fun for me when I'm out in front and winning. I don't give a hill of beans for the rest of the game.

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I think we can win it if my brain holds out.

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Cobb would have to play center field on my all time team. But where would that put Speaker? In left. If I had them both, I would certainly play them that way.

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Sportsmanship and easygoing methods are all right, but it is the prospect of a hot fight that brings out the crowds.

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