Satchel Paige

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Satchel Paige

Profession: Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher

United States of America

Biography: Satchel Paige was an American baseball pitcher, known as one of the most famous and successful players in the Negro leagues. He went on to debut in Major League Baseball with the Cleveland Indians, which game he played at 42 years old which remains the oldest debut.

Paige was the first black pitcher in the major leagues, and the seventh black player. He was also the first black pitcher to play in the World Series, which the Indians won in 1948.

After the Indians, Paige went on to play with the St. Louis Browns (1951-1953) and represented the team in the 1952 and 1953 All-Star Games. His final team was the Kansas City Athletics, with whom he played only one season in 1965.

Born: July 7, 1906
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: June 8, 1982 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: A heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1926-05-01 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga
  • 1942-05-30 Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1
  • 1948-07-07 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige
  • 1948-07-09 Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless innings for Cleveland in St. Louis
  • 1948-08-03 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, age 42, debuts in Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • 1948-08-13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • 1951-02-09 St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45
  • 1952-08-06 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings
  • 1956-03-14 50-year-old baseball pitching star Satchel Paige signs a contract to play for and manage the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League
  • 1956-08-07 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami’s Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets
  • 1965-09-25 60 year old Satchel Paige of Kansas City Athletics pitches 3 scoreless innings
  • 1968-08-11 Satchel Paige (62) and needing 158 days on a MLB payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Atlanta Braves; doesn't pitch and becomes coach
  • 1971-02-09 Satchel Paige becomes 1st Negro League player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1971-08-09 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

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