Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) was an American Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who became a legend in his own lifetime by being known as perhaps the best pitcher in baseball history, by his longevity in the game, and by attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.

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Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.

I ain't ever had a job, I just always played baseball.

My pitching philosophy is simple - keep the ball way from the bat.

Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one's own virtues or powers, are the characteristics of an excellent man.

I was born in August no July 1908.

I don't generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.

Avoid running at all times.

If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.

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.

It's funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.

The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal.

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.

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.

Avoid fried foods which angry up the blood.

You gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat.

I never rush myself. See they can't start the game without me.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

I've said it once and I'll say it a a hundred times I'm forty-four years old.

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.

If a man can beat you walk him.

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.

Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move.

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind it don't matter.