Satchel Paige’s Rules for the Good Life

Satchel Paige (1906-1982) is one of the best pitchers the game of baseball has ever seen. Unfortunately, almost all of his career occurred before the integration of baseball, so most baseball spectators never saw him play in his prime.

I heard growing up that Satchel had some rules he followed for staying fit and living a good life. Earlier this year, while walking through the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City (recommended for anyone visiting KC), I saw this document on the wall featuring Satchel’s six rules for the good life:

In case you can’t read them in the image:

  1. Avoid fried foods cause they angers up the blood.
  2. If your stomach disputes you, lay down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
  3. Keep the juices flowin’ by janglin’ ’round gently as you move.
  4. Go very light on vices such as carryin’ on in society. The social ramble just ain’t restful.
  5. Avoid runnin’ at all times.
  6. Don’t ever look back. Somethin’ might be gainin’.