portrait of Satchel Paige
In Cleveland Indians uniform (1948-1949)

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Quotes of the Day for 7 July 2003 – Satchel Paige

Leroy Page was born at Mobile, Alabama on this day in 1906. His parents decided that "Paige" was a higher class name, so they changed it. At seven Leroy "hustled luggage" for tips at the Mobile railroad station, and invented a rope harness that allowed him to carry more bags than other porters - when he was coming with the luggage, you didn't seen any Leroy, only satchels, so he picked up his nickname. He was a pitcher in the Negro Leagues from 1926 to 1947, pitching some 2500 games. When he became the second black player in major league baseball at age 42, some writers suggested he should be the rookie of the year. If he had played in the majors his entire career, more of his quotes would doubtless have been recorded, but I think he left us with suitable wit and insight for today.

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The quotes:

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

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.

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.

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.

Age is a function of mind over matter; if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
     - All from Leroy "Satchel" Paige, 1906 - 1982

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