Painting by Jessica Gandolf
Many of you may be unfamiliar with Leroy "Satchel" Paige. Born on this date, probably in 1906, Satch was one of the greatest players to ever play professional baseball, . Unfortunately, most of his 22+ year career was spent in the Negro Leagues, as black athletes were banned from Major League Baseball until 1947. Satch joined the majors in 1948, pitching his last professional game in 1965 where he threw a 3 inning shutout for the Kansas City Athletics (remember the Kelly green and gold uniforms?). Mr Paige was reportedly 59 years old at the time. He entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.
His light was never hidden under a bushel as he willing shared his philosophy of life with all who would listen. A natural philosopher Mr. Paige is credited with these Rules for Right Living. Their homespun wisdom is as applicable now as ever.
Satchel Paige's Rules For Right Living
Avoid fried foods which angry up the blood.
If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cooling thoughts.
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.
Keep the juice 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, something may be gaining on you.
Happy Birthday wherever you are, Mr. Paige.