From the man who set the standard for hustle and work ethic for every player to don a Cincinnati Reds’ uniform….

“You have to get your uniform dirty.”—Pete Rose

Source was the book “The Wisdom of Old-Time Baseball” compiled and edited by Criswell Freeman.

5 Responses

  1. hoosierdad

    With 5 boys, you can imagine I’ve done a lot of Little League coaching. Every game, as part or warm-up, I would have the kids do regular drills plus they all had to practise their sliding. This served two purposes. The kids weren’t afraid to hit the dirt and slide. They also weren’t afraid to spoil the clean uniform by diving for a ball. Of course, it didn’t make me too popular with the moms! Forntunately, my wife was a baseball mom and understood.

  2. RiverCity Redleg

    You gotta get the glove dirty too.

  3. Devon The Doitch

    ya ur both exactly right. get EVERYTHING dirty!!!! lol i go throught prolly 3 or 4 pairs of sunglasses each baseball season. thats only if i wear em cause where i live, we dont have a ton of sun all the time so i only needed shades like 12 games. and thats y i dont buy oakleys!! lol im not gonna pay 200 bucks for sunglasses and have to buy a new pair 3 or 4 times a year! it adds up…btw im 14 lol so i just buy the cheap sunglasses…makes it easier to GET DIRTY!!!!!!!! haha good luck in baseball guys.

  4. pinson343

    Sure you want players who get everything dirty. But hopefully they play more like Pete Rose than Ryan Freel.