26 Interesting Satchel Paige Quotes

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Satchel Paige is an American professional baseball player whose real name is Leroy Robert Paige. He was born on July 7, 1906. But he is no more with us as he died on June 8, 1982, in Kansas City, Missouri, US.

Yes, his career had become more powerful when he entered the Negro leagues in 1926 to play for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts. He had been on various positions during his playtime, as he was a pitcher for numerous teams in the Negro National League and Negro Southern Association. If you see the history, you can see him pitching 2500 games during his career and won 2000. His Performance in the Olympic sport of the year, 1972, was outstanding and gained millions of fans.

Moreover, he had a powerful reputation in the Negro leagues. His high popularity made baseball fans take more significant notice of the Negro League players that speed up the addition of baseball. Despite various problems, he played with the best players in exhibition games before 1948. He had struggled hard and keeps his name in the position, which is today.

Satchel Paige on sketch
Satchel Paige on a sketch

Here are some of his famous quotes.

“I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me.”

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”

“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.”

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

“I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball.”


“If a man can beat you, walk him.”

“It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.

“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.”

“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.”

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”

“My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat.”

“My feet ain’t got nothing to do with my nickname, but when folks get it in their heads that a feller’s got big feet, soon the feet start looking big.”

“The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal.”

“When a batter swings and I see his knees move, I can tell just what his weaknesses are then I just put the ball where I know he can’t hit it.”

“You gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat.”

“Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money.”

“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a a hundred times, I’m forty-four years old.”

“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”

“Avoid running at all times.”

“If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.”

“I was born in August, no July, 1908.”

“Avoid fried foods, which angry up the blood.”

“Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one’s own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.”


Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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