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Happy birthday, Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige

Today would have been the 103rd birthday of Leroy “Satchel” Paige, the legendary pitcher from the old Negro Leagues. has a column about Paige by Larry Tye, who has written a well-received biography of the baseball star.

Tye’s column contends that Paige was a subversive to the Jim Crow laws of his era:

“But there is more to Satchel’s legacy than eye-popping records. While many dismissed him as a Stepin Fetchit if not an Uncle Tom, he was something else entirely – a quiet subversive, defying Uncle Tom and Jim Crow. He refused to play in a town unless it supplied lodging and food to him and his teammates, a defiance for which young civil rights workers later would get arrested.”

Paige is known for many things in baseball, but most remember him because of his turn of a phrase.  The Brainy Quote website has a host of Paigeisms, including:

“Age is a case of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”

“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”

And his most famous line:

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

Happy birthday, Satchel Paige.

More to come…


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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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