Salmagundi

May 29, 1992

For proof that happiness can come in small packages, readers should rush to the bookstore and pick up a volume entitled "Baseball Wit and Wisdom." Maybe "volume" isn't the right word, because this tome measures only 2 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches and is only half an inch thick. But within its little pages is some of the grandest talk about the world's most beautiful game that you will ever hear.

To tantalize readers, we have selected the comments of four baseball greats associated with Baltimore and the Orioles:

Outfielder Reggie Jackson (who should know) -- "Fans don't boo nobodies."

Manager Paul Richards -- "Tell a ballplayer something a thousand times, then tell him again, because that might be the time he'll understand something."

Manager Jimmie Dykes -- "The manager's toughest job is not calling the right play with the bases full and the score tied in an extra inning game. It's telling a ballplayer that he's through. Done. Finished."

The Immortal Babe Ruth -- "All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill."

"Baseball Wit and Wisdom" is published by Running Press, of Philadelphia., Pa.

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