Satchel Paige: How to Stay Young

Leroy “Satchel” Paige enjoyed a long professional baseball career — one that seemed to last a millennia. He was asked often by reporters about his secret to longevity. Here’s what he had to say.

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 lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society – the social ramble ain’t restful.

Avoid running at all times.

Don’t look back. Somethin’ might be gainin’ on you.

Satchel Paige

The numbers — at least the major league ones — don’t do justice for this legend. The stories, however, keep alive the memory of a pitching juggernaut who became bigger than the game. Leroy “Satchel” Paige was bigger than mere numbers. And he always had something poignant to say, as exemplified above.

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