I was lucky enough to see Satchel Paige pitch for the St. Louis Browns. He was the oldest rookie ever at age 42 when he joined the Browns. He pitched for them for five years. For those of you wondering who the hell were the St. Louis Browns, they were an American League team for 50 years. They started in Milwaukee, moved to St. Louis and their last year was in 1953, the year I saw Satchel Paige pitch at Comiskey Park. He was also chosen to the All Star team that year. The next year the Browns became today’s Baltimore Orioles.
Satchell Paige stories should be passed down to your children’s children. He was one of a kind.
When a reporter inevitably asked Satchel about his age his famous quote was,
“Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you.”
Satchel Paige had more famous quotes than Yogi Berra, and unlike Berra, his quotes were actually quite thoughtful and rip-roaringly funny. Here are just a few:
“Age is a case of mind over matter, if you don’t mind it don’t matter.”
“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”
Reporters never saw Satchel running in the outfield with the pitchers or working out. When asked about this he replied,
“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench. I never rush myself, see, they can’t start the game without me.”
“Avoid running at all times. Avoid fried foods, which angry up the blood. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.”
Many people have used parts of the following quote and never properly gave Satch the credit for this great quote.
“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
They wouldn’t stop asking him about his age.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
He seemed to never walk a batter, except on purpose.
“If a man can beat you, walk him.”
“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”
Satchell Paige was the first player to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 based on his excellent play in the Negro Leagues. He died at the age of 75 in 1982. When he was being interviewed about being admitted into the Hall of fame he made a statement that needs to be read at least twice. What a testament to living for each of us.