? Pie Traynor, Pittsburgh third baseman and Hall of Famer, on low-scoring baseball games: "The ball is dead. There is no doubt of it. I seen it happen in the past. It goes in cycles—dead ball, live ball. This one is dead. You can even hear it. The crack of the bat sounds dead."
?Phil Roof, Oakland A's catcher, on the same subject: "Pitchers are smarter and stronger, and the slider has made them more effective. Batters don't work at hitting enough. Guys who are naturally line-drive hitters try for home runs. Some umpires are making the strike zone larger."
? Jim Parker, ex- Baltimore Colt tackle, on why he has no plans to unretire: "The other day a guy stole a bottle of whiskey in my place and ran out the door. I chased him for three blocks, but then my legs just gave out."