44 Satchel Paige Quotes on Success from the Best Baseball Pitcher

Satchel Paige, born Leroy Robert Paige (1906 – 1982), is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Standing over 6 feet 3 inches tall, the right-handed pitcher’s skill became legendary in the Negro leagues before he entered the major leagues in 1948.

Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige – Society for American Baseball Research

Starting his career with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in 1926, Paige’s barnstorming approach saw him travel up to 30,000 miles a year, pitching for any team that met his price.

In his near 30-year career, he is said to have pitched a total of 2,500 games, winning 2,000 of them.

His larger-than-life personality and showmanship raised the profile of the Negro leagues and arguably hastened the integration of baseball.

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In 1948, as the oldest rookie to play in the major leagues, Paige helped the Cleveland Indians secure American League pennant and World Series victories.

Paige was also known for his witty remarks and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Here are some of the best quotes from Satchel Paige.

Best Satchel Paige Quotes


I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me. ~ Satchel Paige.

You gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat. ~ Satchel Paige.

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter. ~ Satchel Paige.

Avoid running at all times. ~ Satchel Paige.

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. ~ Satchel Paige.

I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench. ~ Satchel Paige. It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body. ~ Satchel Paige.

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. ~ Satchel Paige.

Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you. ~ Satchel Paige.

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

Top Satchel Paige Quotes

I was born in August, no July, 1908. ~ Satchel Paige.

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. ~ Satchel Paige.

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. ~ Satchel Paige.

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you. ~ Satchel Paige.

Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common. ~ Satchel Paige.

Avoid fried foods, which angry up the blood. ~ Satchel Paige.

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. ~ Satchel Paige.

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. ~ Satchel Paige.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? ~ Satchel Paige.

If a man can beat you, walk him. ~ Satchel Paige.

I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball. ~ Satchel Paige.

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

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

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. ~ Satchel Paige.

There never was a man on Earth who pitched as much as me. ~ Satchel Paige.

If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. ~ Satchel Paige.

My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat. ~ Satchel Paige.

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. ~ Satchel Paige.

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. ~ Satchel Paige.

You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them. ~ Satchel Paige.

Famous Satchel Paige Quotes

Smile well and often, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. ~ Satchel Paige.

I may not be the bestest pitcher in the world, but I sure out-cutes ’em. ~ Satchel Paige.

With women you don’t have to talk your head off. You just say a word and let them fill in from there. ~ Satchel Paige.

Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. ~ Satchel Paige.

My catcher showed up and he must have been Old Man Moses. He was so old he didn’t have to crouch. ~ Satchel Paige.

Throw high risers at the chin; throw peas at the knees; throw it here when they’re lookin’ there; throw it there when they’re lookin’ here. ~ Satchel Paige.


The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Satchel Paige.

Within the baselines, anything can happen. Tides can reverse; oceans can open. ~ Satchel Paige.

Don’t go to college, unless to get knowledge. ~ Satchel Paige.

I am not gonna throw this smoke at your yoke, but a pea at your knee. ~ Satchel Paige.

Inspiring Satchel Paige Quotes

The idea of giving tryouts is a lot of bunk. ~ Satchel Paige.

They didn’t put the moon up there: they got no business seeing what’s there. ~ Satchel Paige.

I never had three meals in my life. ~ Satchel Paige.

I used to feel so bad before I got to the clubhouse, I didn’t know what to do. ~ Satchel Paige.

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