Leroy Robert “Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) was born in Mobile, Alabama.
At a young age, he earned the nickname “Satchel” working as a train station baggage carrier.
Satchel Paige began in the Negro Leagues in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Barons.
At age 42,
Satchel entered Major League Baseball by joining the Cleveland Indians.
Satchel also played for the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics.
In 1948, Satchel Paige
was "Rookie of the Year."
In 1971, Satchel Paige was
inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1. Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
2. I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me.
3. I ain’t as fast as I used to be, but I’m a better pitcher. I used to overpower them; now I out-cute them.
4. Go very lightly on vices such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain’t restful.
5. Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.
6. Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money.
7. I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.
8. I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball.
9. Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.
0. Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
1. Avoid running at all times.
2. You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.
13. I sure get laughs when I see in the papers where some major league pitcher says he gets a sore arm because he’s overworked, and he pitches every four days. Man, that’d be a vacation for me.
4. Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
5. Avoid fried foods, which angry up the blood.