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Joe McCarthy’s 10 Commandments of Baseball

I am reading and greatly enjoying a book titled Babe Ruth’s Called Shot by Ed Sherman. (In the coming days, or weeks, I’ll review this book in full).

Inside the text is a little-known gem I found fascinating – Joe McCarthy’s 10 Commandments of Baseball. I’ll share them here:

(Joe McCarthy was one of the great managers of all-time. He was the first manager in baseball history to win pennants in both the National League (1929 Cubs) and the American League (1932 Yankees). McCarthy managed the Yankees from 1931 to 1946. In that time, he amassed a record of 1,460-867 (.627) and won eight American league pennants and seven World Series. After managing the Yankees, McCarthy managed the Red Sox from 1948 to 1950. He is widely considered one of the greatest managers in baseball history. McCarthy is in the Baseball Hall-of-Fame. )

Joe McCarthy’s 10 Commandments of Baseball

Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball.

You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.

An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.

Keep your head up, and you may not have to keep it down.

When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.

Do not alibi on bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones.

Always run them out. You can never tell.

Do not quit.

Do not fight too much with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.

A pitcher who hasn’t control hasn’t anything.


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