The legendary baseball pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1906?-82) was famed as much for his fast wit as his fastballs. He played in over 2,500 games and notched up more than 50 no-hitters. In 1948 Paige was the first black pitcher in the American League, and in 1971 he made history as the first "Negro League" player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He printed the following advice to fans on the back of his autograph cards:
Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
Go very lightly on vices such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain't restful.
Avoid running at all times.
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought.