Bill Rigney, broken-jawed (auto accident) manager of San Francisco's Giants, assessing his threat to umpires in early 1959: "I can still hiss at them."
Frank Leahy, onetime football coach at Notre Dame, paraphrasing William Tecumseh Sherman: "I have retired from coaching and have no intention of returning to it under any circumstances, anywhere in the country, for any reasons whatsoever."
Karol Fageros, Golden Goddess of Tennis and fifth-ranked U.S. woman player last year, announcing her retirement from tournament play: "From now on I'll play tennis just for fun and relaxation. Wearing golden panties was a cornball idea, I guess, but it turned out great for me."
Leroy (Satchel) Paige, 50, explaining that he asked the Miami Marlins for unconditional release: "I've retired from them, but they haven't retired from me."
John Bridgers, newly appointed football coach at Baylor University, to alumni of that Baptist school, which has not won a conference football championship since 1924: "I would like to remind you that patience is a Christian virtue."