? Bill Lee, Boston Red Sox pitcher, on his current visit to mainland China: "Now I'll get to see the real Big Red Machine."
?Ken Shipp, New York Jets coach, on his days as assistant coach and baby-sitter to players at the University of Miami and especially the one who went out to look at a hurricane: "There was no way I was going out in that storm after him. Besides, the kid wasn't even a regular."
?John W. Oliver, Federal judge presiding in the hearing on baseball's reserve clause: "Public confidence in baseball could be undermined when we find there is more legal news on the sports pages than in the other parts of the paper."
? Pete Rose, on his speed on the bases: "I'm not a great runner, I'm no Joe Morgan, but I'm not bad for a white guy."
?H. K. (Cootie) Reeves, football coach at Hokes Bluff ( Ala.) high school, after his team was trounced 53-0 by Hazlewood in the state Class 2A championships: "If we hadn't given them those first four touchdowns, it might have been different."