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Satchel Paige, in his St. Louis Browns uniform.

Are baseball players smarter than other athletes, or just more quotable? The Negro Leagues (and later Major League Baseball) great Satchel Paige is a case in point. In 1948, at the supposed age of 42—nobody really knows when he was born—he became the oldest man ever to start in the major leagues.

How did Paige remain a viable athlete into middle age? That’s obvious:

Avoid running, at all times.

—Satchel Paige

Who are we to argue with the guy that Joe DiMaggio called the best and fastest pitcher he ever faced and who titled his autobiography Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever?

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