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⚑ November 12, 2017

Six Rules to Live By ☜

Our book about the Negro Leagues, baseball's greatest and least known.

Our book about the Negro Leagues, some of baseball's greatest and least known players.

Today I will share with you some incredible words of wisdom from a great old baseball player – probably the best who ever lived, Satchel Paige. We published an oral history that includes his story with Art Rust, Jr., and in today’s world, only he could repeat the title of the book, so I won’t, but it’s a fascinating set of interviews with then-living members of the old Negro League. Here are Satchel’s rules, which he wrote down:


Words of Wisdom by Satch
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.

Number 3 is my favorite, but I can tell you from experience that most of the rules are true. I happen to be able to digest fried foods (#1), but when other foods make my blood angry, and (#2) inevitably happens, I’ve learned how to lie down and cool my thoughts. I will teach you my foolproof method in just another day or two.

When trying to deal with your computer time vs. reality, remember (#4): the social ramble ain’t restful. You know it. Number (#5) seems odd, coming from an athlete, but Satchel wasn’t an ordinary man. He was a pitcher, but not just any pitcher. His solo performances were billed as β€œSatchel Paige, World’s Greatest Pitcher, Guarenteed to Strike Out the First Nine Men.” And he did. πŸ”