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A. Bartlett Giamatti

  • American educator
  • Born April 4, 1938
  • Died September 1, 1989

Angelo Bartlett "Bart" Giamatti (; April 4, 1938 – September 1, 1989) was an American professor of English Renaissance literature, the president of Yale University, and the seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Giamatti served as Commissioner for only five months before dying suddenly of a heart attack. He is the shortest-tenured baseball commissioner in the sport's history and the only holder of the office not to preside over a full Major League Baseball season. Giamatti negotiated the agreement resolving the Pete Rose betting scandal by permitting Rose to voluntarily withdraw from the sport to avoid further punishment.


Some of my academic friends think I've fallen from a very special grace.




We have an obligation to spread amateur baseball both at home and abroad. Building up the game at all levels - Little League, Babe Ruth Leagues, the colleges - is in our own self-interest. That's where the pool of talent is - and also of fans.




There's nothing bad that accrues from baseball.




I'm not going to sit here now and say 'do this,' or 'do that.' But you must - must - expunge any vestige of racism.




I'm the world's expert on sterotypes held by academics about athletes and held by athletes about academics. To me, both of them are caricatures.




Baseball has undergone and absorbed a whole set of dislocations.




There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.




On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.




There are a lot of people who know me who can't understand for the life of them why I would got to work on something as unserious as baseball. If they only knew.




Major sports are major parts of society. It's not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.

Major sports are major parts of society. It's not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.




I think that the young people today feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to their brothers and sisters because of the sacrifices that most families make to send their children to college.




A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.




The professionals must set a good example.




All I ever wanted to be was president of the American League.




A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.

A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.




No one man is superior to the game.




Universities are not here to be mediums for the coercion of other people, they're here to be mediums for the free exchange of ideas.




This is not the first time in my life where you know going into a job that you're going to hear in stereo what was wrong with what you did.




Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That's why we get into trouble all the time. We're always viewed as naive.




My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.




The university is our culture's assertion that what is made by the mind has value and can convey values.




Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.




Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building.




To go from Yale to the National League is simply to go from one form of management to another.




For me, baseball is the most nourishing game outside of literature. They both are re-tellings of human experience.



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