Angelo Bartlett Giamatti quotes

Angelo Bartlett Giamatti (often abbreviated A. Bartlett Giamatti) was a professor of English Renaissance literature. He was also President of Yale University, but probably most well-known as the 7th Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), which is the oldest of the 4 major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Famous Son:

He is also famous to the average non-sports fan for being the father of Academy Award-nominated actor Paul Giamatti.

A. Bartlett Giamatti Famous Quotes:

“Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.”

Angelo Bartlett Giamatti quotes

Commissioner of Major League Baseball:

Despite his day job and success in academia, Giamatti was always a die-hard baseball fan. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan having grown up in Massachusetts during his childhood. Even while he was discussing his presidency of Yale University, he stated emphatically that his real dream was to become the “Commissioner of Baseball.” He did eventually achieve his goal.

Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack just 5 months into his tenure as MLB Commissioner. He had been a heavy cigarette smoker throughout his life. He also suffered from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited neuromuscular disease affecting peripheral nerves.

Pete Rose was a famous baseball player who illegally bet on baseball games while he was a player in the league. Giamatti negotiated an agreement with him, which allowed Rose to voluntarily withdraw from baseball for life, and thus avoid punishment.

Giamatti left behind a wife, 2 sons, Paul and Marcus who are both actors, and a daughter, Elena, who is a jewelry designer.


As a literature professor, Giamatti published a lot of works, primarily focused on English Renaissance literature. He also published articles about his favorite passion, baseball.


Major League Baseball’s Baseball Assistance Program gives out an award annually called the Bart Giamatti Award.

Some of his popular works include:

-Master Pieces from the Files of T.G.B. (1964).
-The Earthly Paradise and the Renaissance Epic (1966)
-Play of Double Senses: Spenser’s Faerie Queene (1975)
-The University and the Public Interest (1981)
-Exile and Change in Renaissance Literature (1984)
-Take Time for Paradise: Americans and their Games (1989)
-A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University (1990)
-A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti (1998)

The Publication Year is the year the first edition of a work was published.