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    Full Name: Leroy Robert Paige
    Born: July 7, 1906 Mobile, Alabama
    Died: June 8, 1982 Kansas City, Missouri

    Height: 6'3 1/2"
    Weight: 180
    Threw: Right
    Position: Pitcher


    Did You Know?

  • He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
  • Satchel was over 40 years old the entire time he played in the majors.
  • He earned his nickname, "Satchel," as a young boy, when he took a job carrying bags (and satchels) at railroad stations for passengers.
  • Satchel started his career in 1924 when he had a tryout with the Mobile Tigers, a semi-pro baseball team.
  • He went on to become the dominant pitcher of the Negro Leagues.
  • When the Negro League wasn't playing in the winter, he would go to the Caribbean leagues and pitch.
  • He claimed that the more that he pitched, the stronger he got, so he did not work out on his own.
  • He started 29 games in one month in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • He claimed that he won 104 of the 105 games he pitched in 1934.
  • He would face major league players annually by playing against major league barnstorming teams.
  • He was brought into the major leagues in 1948 by Bill Veeck to play for Cleveland.
  • He holds the record for being the oldest rookie in the Major League.
  • In his first year with Cleveland, he went 6-1 with one save and a 2.48 ERA.
  • He ended his six-year major league career with a 28-31 record and a 3.29 ERA.
  • Joe DiMaggio called him "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced."
  • He retired in 1953.
  • He made a special appearance in 1965, pitching 3 innings for the Kansas City Athletics.
  • Pitching for the Kansas City Athletics made him the oldest player in the Major Leagues.
  • Paige did not commit a single error in 179 major league games.









   
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