Posted by SR on May 13, 2004
In Reply to: Satchel foot posted by SR on May 13, 2004
: : : Can anyone tell me where the phrase "satchel foot" came from?
: : I never heard of your phrase but I found:
: : PAIGE, LEROY ROBERT "SATCHEL", 1906-1982
: : Professional baseball player. Born: 1904-1908?, Mobile. Played baseball with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts (1927?), Birmingham Black Barons, New Orleans Black Pelicans, Pittsburgh Crawford Giants until 1948; winter ball in Latin America, 1935-1941. Signed with the Cleveland Indians, 1948; Kansas City Monarchs, 1950; St. Louis Browns, 1951. Voted most valuable relief pitcher for the Browns in 1951, 1952, and 1953. Statistics: won 23 games, last 4 in 1933; pitched 29 games in 29 days, 1934; winning streaks of 21 games and 62 scoreless innings. Named to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1971, Nickname for shoe size , "Satchel Foot", shortened to "Satch".
: Some interesting philosophy from Satch:
: : Satchel Paige... "Don't look back; something might be gaining on you!"
: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"
: The Day I Saw Satchel Paige Pitch
by Steven Amidon (Rockford, IL)
: "As he went out to the mound, I noticed he wasn't going anywhere near the 45 foot mound we used; nor the 54 foot mound used by the Pony League. No, he was going way behind both mounds, behind even the 60'6" distance from home plate ... used by major league pitchers. He pitched to batters from a spot about half way between the pitchers mound and second base."
Could a "satchel foot" possibly be Satchel's personal estimation of the required distance between the pitcher's mound and home plate?