July 9, 1948: Satchel Paige Makes Debut With Cleveland Indians

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July 9, 1948: At 42 years old, Satchel Paige makes his debut with Cleveland Indians. The game came 21 years after the great pitcher’s first Negro League appearance.

On July 9, 1948, Paige made his MLB debut when he entered in the 5th inning against the St. Louis Browns with the Indians trailing 4-1. He gave up two singles in two innings, striking one man out and inducing one batter to hit into a double play. The Indians lost the game 5-3 in spite of Paige’s contribution.

That year, Satchel Paige went 6-1 with a solid 2.48 ERA for the World Champion Cleveland Indians.

Paige was named to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Team for the American League in 1952 and 1953, when he was 46 and 47 years old respectively.

In 1965, Paige pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, which made him — at 59 years, 2 months and 18 days — the oldest pitcher ever to play a game in the major leagues. Arguably the greatest pitcher of his era, Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

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