A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 17, 2013
“Losing hurts more than winning feels good”

"Losing hurts worse than winning feels good” is from the book Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You (1979), by American humorist Lewis Grizzard (1946-1994). Sportscaster and author Joe Garagiola, in It’s Anybody’s Ballgame (1988), wrote, “Writer Lewis Grizzard said it best: ‘Losing hurts more than winning feels good.’”

“Losing hurts more than winning feels good” has been cited in print since at least November 1986, when it was said by Portland Trail Blazers coach Mike Schuler. The saying has also been credited to baseball manager Sparky Anderson (1934-2010).

The saying means that winning is very difficult and brings temporary joy, but it never replaces all the hurt of losing.


Wikipedia: Lewis Grizzard
Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr. at age 23, he is much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian & lecturer.

Google Books
Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You
By Lewis Grizzard
Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers
1979
Pg. 92:
Losing hurts worse than winning feels good.

3 November 1986, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “Schuler notes deficit in rebounds,” pg. E3, col. 3:
“Losing hurts more than winning feels good.”
(Mike Schuler, coach of basketball’s Portland Trail Blazers—ed.)

Google Books
It’s Anybody’s Ballgame
By Joe Garagiola
New York, NY: Jove Books
1989, ©1988
Pg. 109:
Writer Lewis Grizzard said it best: “Losing hurts more than winning feels good.”

Google Books
Ambition:
How We Manage Success and Failure Throughout Our Lives

By Orville Gilbert Brim, Jr.
New York, NY: Basic Books
1992
Pg. 30:
Some people will say, “Losing hurts more than winning feels good.

Leadership Journal
Winter 1993
ICONS EVERY PASTOR NEEDS
Six ways to remember your value.
Greg Asimakoupoulos
(...)
Someone once said, “Losing hurts more than winning feels good.” I agree. Criticism drowns out the inner joy we feel when we’re doing the best we can. It arouses the demon of self-doubt. To combat the despair that follows these daggers, I have found a way to refocus my perspective. I keep on hand icons of affirmation.

14 February 2004, The Times (Shreveport, LA), “Herd behavior can be hazardous to your wealth‎” by Diana Decharles, pg. B6:
Larry Bird, the former Boston Celtic said it best, “Losing hurts more than winning feels good.”

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Post-traumatic Iraq syndrome
The war is lost. Americans should begin to deal with what that means.

By Christopher J. Fettweis
June 12, 2007
LOSING HURTS MORE than winning feels good. This simple maxim applies with equal power to virtually all areas of human interaction: sports, finance, love. And war.

Google Books
Losing Hurts Twice as Bad:
The Four Stages to Moving Beyond Iraq

By Christopher J. Fettweis
New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
2008
Pg. 27:
The next theme of this book echoes Sparky Anderson: Losing hurts more than winning feels good.

SBRforum.com
Boston Red Sox & Rays prove MLB comebacks offer go-against spots
Monday, July 04, 2011 12:00 AM ET
(...)
You may have heard the old sports axiom, “Losing hurts more than winning feels good.” Professional athletes often can’t wait to get back on the field after a frustrating, heart-breaking loss to atone for the previous night’s sour ending. Other times, teams off thrilling comeback wins can be flat. All of which can make for a potential sports betting go-against the next game. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Sunday, March 17, 2013 • Permalink