Quotes of the Day for 7 July 2008 – "Satchel" Paige
Leroy Page was born at Mobile, Alabama on this day in 1906. His mother changed the name to "Paige" to distance the family from the husband that left them. At seven Leroy "hustled luggage" for tips at the Mobile railroad station, he made some money and picked up a nickname. He was a pitcher in the Negro Leagues from 1926 to 1947, pitching some 2500 games. When he became the first black pitcher, and seventh black player, in major league baseball at age 42, some writers suggested he should be named rookie of the year. He played his last game in 1965, making him the oldest player ever in major league baseball.
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.
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.
The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal.
Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.
- All from Leroy "Satchel" Paige, 1906 - 1982
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