Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige Satchel, who was born in Mobile, Alabama,
is buried beside his wife in Kansas was inducted into Cooperstown in 1971.
A very eccentric person, he was Paige played the majority of his
known for his peculiar habits and career in the Negro Leagues, as
quotes. Above is a list he made African Americans were not
on how to stay young. admitted to the Majors until
*** Interesting Facts ***
* Satchel Paige began his career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts. After a few seasons, Paige left Chattanooga and signed a contract with the Birmingham Black Barons, who had offered Satchel more money and most importantly to him, more playing time. Paige played very little with the Barons, as the team's owner kept renting him to other teams. Paige eventually ended up in Cuba, where trouble understanding spanish almost cost Paige his life. After returning to America, Paige continued to be rented by other teams until he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Crawfords, who he would spend several seasons with. In 1937, Paige once again began skipping around, playing in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico among other places before he signed with the Kansas City Monarchs a few years later. It was in Kansas City that Paige truly made his mark on baseball.
* What Paige is most known for, aside from being a spectacular baseball player, is the bizarre names he had for pitches. He had a pitch he called the "nothin' ball", one called the "bat dodger", and another known as the "hurry-up ball". His most famous pitch however, was his "hesitation pitch". In order to throw a "hesitation pitch", Paige would go through his wind-up and then hesitate slightly, delaying the pitch by a second or so. Most batters were confused by this pitch and often struck out before the ball even reached the plate.
* Upon entering the Majors in 1948, Paige became the oldest rookie to ever play baseball. He was forty-two years old at the time. Several years later, in 1952, Paige became the oldest player to participate in an All-Star Game for the first time.
* During an interview in 1953, the aging pitcher divulged his rules on how to stay young. The rules are as follows:
1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain't restful.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
These rules are now inscribed on his grave, and are shown in a picture above.
* In 1965, after not having played in four years, Paige was signed to pitch one game for the Kansas City Athletics. On September 25th, Paige retook the mound in order to vanquish the Boston Red Sox. Although another future Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski, was able to get a double off of him in the first, Paige buckled down and retired the next seven batters he faced. After returning to the mound in the fourth inning, he was immediately taken out by the Athletics' manager, giving the fans a chance to show their appreciation to the legend. Receiving a standing ovation, Satchel Paige walked off of the mound slowly. At the age of fifty-nine, he had pitched his last Major League game. The following year, after some time in the Minors, he finally retired.
Spouse: Lahoma Jean Brown Paige (1922-1986)
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