Happy Birthday, Satchel Paige!

0 Posted by - December 27, 2017 - Black First, BLACK MEN, SPORTS


Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was a professional baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend during his time.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted based upon his performance in the Negro leagues. Paige was a right-handed pitcher and the oldest rookie to play in the MLB at the age of 42.

He played with the St. Louis Browns until age 47. He represented them in the All-Star Game in 1952 and 1953.

He first played for the semi-professional Mobile Tigers from 1924 to 1926. Paige began his professional career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League. He played his last professional game on June 21, 1966, for the Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League.

Paige was among the most famous and successful players from the Negro Leagues. While his outstanding control as a pitcher first captured everyone’s attention, it was his infectious, cocky, enthusiastic personality and his love for the game that made him a star.

As a member of the Cleveland Indians, Paige became the oldest rookie in Major league Baseball and attracted record crowds wherever he pitched.

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