Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio by Robert SkeadIn 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call--Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African-American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. Illustrations.
He is rated as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. Paige, who received his distinctive nickname as a young railroad porter, honed his baseball skills while in reform school. He entered the Negro leagues playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in Wearing a false red beard, he also played for the House of David team a team fielded by a communal Christian religious sect that forbade its male members to shave or cut their hair. As a barnstormer, he would travel as many as 30, miles 48, km a year while pitching for any team willing to meet his price.
Seems they get a bigger kick out of an old man throwing strikeouts. Essentially, they were all variations of his fastball. As he grew older, he adapted his repertoire to include a screwball, a hesitation pitch, a knuckleball and an eephus pitch. I used to overpower them; now I out-cute them. Money and women. Same with money. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.
Paige was a right-handed pitcher, and at age 42 in , was the oldest major league rookie while playing for the Cleveland Indians. He played with the St. Louis Browns until age 47, and represented them in the All-Star Game in and He was the first player who had played in the Negro leagues to pitch in the World Series, in , and was the first electee of the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame , in Paige first played for the semi-professional Mobile Tigers from to
At a Glance …., Long before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier of "organized baseball, " Satchel Paige was a name well known to the general sports public.
Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was born circa July 7, , in Mobile, Alabama, and honed his pitching talents in reform school. Denied entry to the Major Leagues, he began his professional baseball career in the Negro Leagues in and became its most famous showman. Paige finally broke through to the Majors as a year-old rookie, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in He died on June 8, He was the seventh of 12 children born to father John, a gardener, and mother Lula, a washerwoman.
Toggle navigation. Lula added the 'i' into their last name, making it Paige to sound classy. Satchel grew to 6'4" and began playing in the Negro Southern League of baseball in He became the oldest rookie to enter the Major Leagues in , at the age of Interesting Satchel Paige Facts: As a young man Leroy earned money as a baggage carrier at the train station and rigged up a pole that allowed him to carry more luggage at one time and increase his pay. This is where his nickname came from - when he was told that he looked like a 'walking satchel tree'. Satchel was enrolled in reform school when he was 12 for petty crimes.