Born In: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Satchel Paige was a legendary African-American baseball player. His real name was Leroy Robert Paige and he earned the nickname ‘Satchel’ when he used a pole for carrying additional bags while he worked as a porter in a railway station. As a victim of racism, he had the chance to play for Major League Baseball only for five years and made his appearance only once in the World Cup Series. He was a right-handed pitcher who was known for his fastballs and curveballs. An arm injury made him develop a special pitching style called ‘hesitation pitch’, an experiment that resulted out of aiming for different arm angles. He was the oldest man to have made his debut in the major National League. He made a record as the first Negro pitcher in the American League and the seventh Negro big leaguer overall. His baseball skills, professionalism, accuracy, speed and commitment won him the adulation of fans from around the world. He claimed that he had played 2,500 matches and won nearly 2,000 of them. He was considered a great sportsman who proved that age could never be a barrier for success. Regarding the tireless dispute over his age and skill, he used to quote Mark Twain’s words, "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
Also Known As: Leroy Robert Paige
Died At Age: 75
Spouse/Ex-: Janet Howard, Lahoma Jean Brown
father: John Coleman
children: Carolyn Lahoma, Linda Sue, Lula Ouida, Pamela Jean, Rita Jean, Robert LeRoy
Born Country: United States
place of death: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
City: Mobile, Alabama
Leroy Robert Page, who later became Leroy Robert Satchel Paige, was born on July 7, 1906, at Mobile, Alabama. He was the seventh of the twelve children born to John Page and Lula Coleman Page.
To lend monetary support to his family, Satchel Paige did a number of odd jobs like selling the empty bottles he picked up and as a porter at the Mobile’s Louisville & Nashville’s railway station.
Satchel Paige's�pitching skills were chiseled by Edward Byrd while he was under a five year-detention period in the Industrial School for Juvenile Negro Lawbreakers on charges of stealing toy rings from a store. He came out of the school in 1923, six months before the end of his term.
After coming out from the reform school, Satchel Paige started his career as a pitcher for ‘Mobile Tigers’, a semi-professional Negro League, in 1924 and helped his team win thirty games with only one loss.
In 1926, Satchel Paige joined ‘Chattanooga Black Lookouts’, where he played for two seasons. During this period, he became a crowd-puller with his stupendous performance that earned him a high ranking in the Negro League.
From 1926 to 1947, Satchel Paige played for a number of teams, including ‘Kansas City Monarchs’, ‘Birmingham Black Barons’, ‘New York Black Yankees’, ‘Cleveland Cubs’, ‘Memphis Red Sox’ and ‘Baltimore Black Sox’ and was rewarded handsomely.
Along with other payers, he went for barnstorming and traveled as much as 30,000 miles per year. Despite the racial discrimination that was predominant at the time, his fast and accurate pitching skills wom him a number of white American fans.
The year 1948 marked a grand beginning with his entry into major leagues when Bill Veeck signed him to play for ‘Cleveland Indians’. At the age of 42, Satchel Paige made a record as the oldest rookie to debut in the American League.
In 1968, Satchel Paige joined Atlanta Braves as a pitching coach to qualify for the Major League Baseball pension.
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