Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) was an American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted from the Negro leagues.
- 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.
- "The Independent," (St. Petersburg, Florida, July 8, 1948)
- 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)
- There ain't no man can avoid being born average. But there ain't no man got to be common.
- "Words of the Week" Jet (Sep 4, 1958)
- Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
- New York Post (4 October 1959)
- 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.
- New York Times (June 9, 1982)
- They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever saw... I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t give me no justice.
- New York Times (June 9, 1982)
- Don't go to college, unless to get knowledge.
- "Telfer campaign" (March 2003)
Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (1961)
- You may be right, man, but 22 years is a long time to be a rookie.
- In response to sportswriter's touting of Paige's stellar but much-belated first MLB season as frontrunner for AL Rookie of the Year honors.
- A bunch of the fellows get in a barber session the other day and they start to arguefy about the best pitcher they ever seen. Some says Lefty Grove and Lefty Gomez and Walter Johnson and old Pete Alexander and Dazzy Vance. And they mention Lonnie Warneke and Van Mungoand Carl Hubbell and Johnny Corriden tells us about Matty and he sure must of been great and some of the boys even say old Diz is the best they ever see. But I see all them fellows but Matty and Johnson and I know who's the best pitcher I ever see and it's old Satchel Paige, that big, lanky colored boy. I have pitched 31 games against that Satchel Paige and that guy really has something. If he pitches in the majors, he'd be worth $1 million. He's still a great pitcher, but was he some boy a few years ago. Wowee!
- Dizzy Dean, as quoted in "Everybody Talked Satch But Jackie Was 1st" by Phil Pepe, New York Daily News (February 12, 1971)
- My fastball looks like a change of pace alongside that little pistol bullet Satchel shoots up to the plate.
- Dizzy Dean, as quoted in "Everybody Talked Satch But Jackie Was 1st"
- Get the runs now, boys; Father Time is coming.
- It starts out like a baseball and when it gets to the plate, it looks like a marble.
- Hack Wilson, describing Paige's fastball; as quoted in "Everybody Talked Satch But Jackie Was 1st" by Phil Pepe, New York Daily News (February 12, 1971)