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The greatest pitcher and top drawing card in Negro league history, LeRoy ("Satchel") Paige was a hard-throwing, charismatic showman who helped pave the way for Jackie Robinson to integrate professional baseball. Although the mischievous Paige tailored his age to suit his fancy, he was most likely born in 1906, in the poor black section of Mobile, Alabama. He acquired his nickname by hauling satchels at the local train depot when he was seven. Then baseball entered his life. After developing his right arm's ...
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The greatest pitcher and top drawing card in Negro league history, LeRoy ("Satchel") Paige was a hard-throwing, charismatic showman who helped pave the way for Jackie Robinson to integrate professional baseball. Although the mischievous Paige tailored his age to suit his fancy, he was most likely born in 1906, in the poor black section of Mobile, Alabama. He acquired his nickname by hauling satchels at the local train depot when he was seven. Then baseball entered his life. After developing his right arm's remarkable power and accuracy by throwing rocks, he learned to pitch while attending reform school.

Paige launched his playing career at age 17 and promptly became known for his blazing fastball, flawless control, unusual windups, and outrageous antics. But because blacks were barred from the majors, he was limited for the next quarter century to performing in the Negro leagues -- most notably with the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Kansas City Monarchs -- and on barnstorming teams in the United States and Latin America. Finally, in 1948, the Cleveland Indians made him the American League's first black pitcher; coincidentally, the 42-year-old hurler became the big leagues' oldest rookie ever.

Ol' Satch boasted an astonishing 2,000 lifetime victories by the time he hung up his spikes in 1968. Three years later, he was chosen as the first Negro league star to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The honor confirmed the opinion of many other big league immortals, from Henry Aaron to Dizzy Dean to Ted Williams, that Satchel Paige was indeed, as he himself said, "the World's Greatest Pitcher."

Describes the life and times of the Hall of Fame pitcher who gained wide-spread recognition in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first black pitcher in the American League.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613120722
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 101
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

On Achievement 8
1 "If You Were Only White ..." 11
2 Stuck Inside of Mobile 25
3 "Baseball Had To Be the Way" 35
4 "The Pitcher with the Greatest Stuff" 45
5 A Miraculous Recovery 57
6 "This Was for Keeps" 67
7 "Me and Baseball Is Through" 77
8 The Grand Old Man of Baseball 87
Appendix Career Statistics 95
Chronology 96
Further Reading 98
Index 99
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