6 Tips For Staying Young

By Michael LeCompte

Health tips abound these days, the internet is littered with strategies for staying young. These lists are nothing new, though, as athletes and ordinary folks have long been interested in looking, feeling, and doing their best and with living as long as possible. As it turns out one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history compiled his own list of healthy habits decades ago.

Leroy Robert Paige (1906-1982) grew up poor in Mobile, Alabama. He made money by carting traveler’s luggage at the bus depot for ten cents a suitcase, earning the nickname “Satchel” because of what he carried for others.

Caught shoplifting, Paige was sent to The Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama and it was here that he was introduced to the game of baseball and learned to pitch.

Paige had a storied pitching career throughout the Negro League, across Latin America, and finally, in the Majors. His pitching exploits were legendary (such as when he instructed his fielder’s to sit down at their positions then proceeded to retire the side on nine pitches). Sometime along the way of earning 131 professional victories Paige also compiled a personal list of 6 tips for staying young.

Satchel Paige’s 6 Tips For Staying Young

  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 aint restful
  5. Avoid running at all times.
  6. Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
These simple tips may sound like corny, homespun wisdom, but they seemed to keep Paige young and in the game. In 1948 he finally made it to the Majors, becoming the oldest rookie in history when he signed a $40,000 contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Paige continued to pitch in semi-professional leagues until he was 60, finally retiring after the 1966 season.

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