Roger Kahn Quotes.

1. "Football is violence and cold weather and college rye."
- Quote by Roger Kahn

2. "You need that pride in yourself, as well as a sense, when you are sitting on Page 297 of a book, that the book is going to be read, that somebody is going to care. You can't ever be sure about that, but you need the sense that it's important, that it's not typing; it's writing."
- Quote by Roger Kahn

3. "Boxing is smoky halls and kidneys battered until they bleed."
- Quote by Roger Kahn

4. "It is dangerous to spring to obvious conclusions about baseball or, for that matter, ball players. Baseball is not an obvious game."
- Quote by Roger Kahn

5. "You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it."
- Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

6. "Why do we remember the Boys of Summer? We remember because we were young when they were, of course. But more, we remember because we feel the ache of guilt and regret. While they were running, jumping, leaping, we were slouched behind typewriters, smoking and drinking, pretending to some mystic communion with men we didn't really know or like. Men from ghettos we didn't dare visit, or rural farms we passed at sixty miles an hour. Loving what they did on the field, we could forget how superior we felt towards them the rest of the time. By cheering them on we proved we had nothing to do with the injustices that kept their lives separate from ours. There's nothing sordid or false about the Boys of Summer. Only our memories smell like sweaty jockstraps."
- Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

7. "By applauding Robinson, a man did not feel that he was taking a stand on school integration, or on open housing. But for an instant he had accepted Robinson simply as a hometown ball player. To disregard color, even for an instant, is to step away from the old prejudices, the old hatred. That is not a path on which many double back."
- Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

8. "Ebbets Field was a narrow cockpit, built of brick and iron and concrete, alongside a steep cobblestone slope of Bedford Avenue. Two tiers of grandstand pressed the playing area from three sides, and in thousands of seats fans could hear a ball player’s chatter, notice details of a ball player’s gait and, at a time when television had not yet assaulted illusion with the Zoomar lens, you could see, you could actually see, the actual expression on the actual face of an actual major leaguer as he played. You could know what he was like!"
- Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

9. "Baseball writers develop a great attachment for the Brooklyn club if long exposed,"
- Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

10. "I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press."
- Roger Kahn, Good Enough to Dream

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