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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Random Baseball Quote: Satchel Paige

I'm going to try out a new segment where I post a random baseball quote and mix it with a concoction of stats and nonsense that I call stonsants until I come up with something more clever. Let's see how it works.

"We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing." Satchel Paige, Chicago Sun Time, June 5, 2001.

Leroy didn't hit the Majors Leagues as a rookie until the ripe age of 42 because of that old "get off my lawn" racism. Paige pitched 19 seasons in the Negro Leagues throwing 110 complete games over 1,500+ innings for a 2.02 ERA. Roy Halladay nods his head in approval. Paige pitched a sporadic 476 innings in the Majors between 1948 and 1965 with a 3.29 ERA but was rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

I could probably write about a Paige quote every day because he was either brilliant or insane. He has a long list of pitches that he named including the four-day creeper, the hurry-up ball and the aspirin. My favorite though is the two-hump blooper because it's how my sex life has been described.

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