Satchel Paige

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Leroy Robert Paige (7 July 1906 - 8 June 1982) American baseball player; Pitcher

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  • Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
    If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
    Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
    Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society— the social ramble ain't restful.
    Avoid running at all times.
    And don't look back— something might be gaining on you.
    • "How to Stay Young" Collier's Magazine (13 June 1953)
  • Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
    • New York Post (4 October 1959)
  • Don't go to college, unless to get knowledge.
    • "Telfer campaign" (March 2003)

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  • Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.
    • Variant: Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
  • Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common.
  • Airplanes may kill you, but they ain't likely to hurt you.
  • How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?
    • Variant: How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
    • Variant: How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?
  • I ain't ever had a job, I just always played baseball.
    • Variant: I never had a job. I always played baseball.
  • I don't generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.
  • I may not be the bestest pitcher in the world, but I sure out-cutes 'em.
  • I never rush myself. See, they can't start the game without me.
  • I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation.
    • Variant: I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I'd toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.
  • I use my single windup, my double windup, my triple windup, my hesitation windup, my no windup. I also use my step-n-pitch-it, my submariner, my sidearmer, and my bat dodger. Man's got to do what he's got to do.
  • I've said it once and I'll say it a a hundred times, I'm forty-four years old.
  • If a man can beat you, walk him.
  • It's funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.
  • It's not what you don't know that hurts you. It's what you know that just ain't so.
  • Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.
  • 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.
  • Mother always told me, if you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don't sound good to you, it won't sound good to no one else.
  • My feet ain't got nothing to do with my nickname, but when folks get it in their heads that a feller's got big feet, soon the feet start looking big.
  • My pitching philosophy is simple; you gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat.
    • My pitching philosophy is simple— keep the ball way from the bat.
  • Never be unfaithful to a lover, except with your wife.
  • One time I snuck a ball on with me and when I went to winding up, I threw one of them balls to first and one to second. I was so smooth I picked off both runners and fanned the batter without that ump or the other team even knowing it.
  • The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal.
  • There never was a man on Earth who pitched as much as me. But the more I pitched, the stronger my arm would get.
  • They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever saw... I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t give me no justice.
  • When a batter swings and I see his knees move, I can tell just what his weaknesses are then I just put the ball where I know he can't hit it.
  • Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
  • You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.

Rules for Staying Young

Paige's rules originally appeared in the June 13, 1953 issue of Collier's. The version below is taken from his autobiography Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (as told to David Lipman, 1962):

  1. "Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood".
  2. "If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts".
  3. "Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move".
  4. "Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society — the social ramble ain't restful".
  5. "Avoid running at all times".
  6. "And don't look back — something might be gaining on you".

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