Satchel Paige Caricature


Satchel Paige Caricature, age 39 on pitcher’s mound in Briggs Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in 1945 while playing for the Kansas City Monarchs.

Leroy Robert Paige was an American Negro League Baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who became a legend in his own lifetime by being known as perhaps the best pitcher in baseball history, by his longevity in the game, and by attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.

Paige first played for the semi-professional Mobile Tigers (Alabama) from 1924 to 1926. He began his professional baseball career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League and became one of the most famous and successful players from the Negro leagues. While his outstanding control as a pitcher first got him noticed, it was his infectious, cocky, enthusiastic personality and his love for the game that made him a star. On town tours across the United States, Paige would sometimes have his infielders sit down behind him and then routinely strike out the side.

According to Paige, his nickname originated from childhood work toting bags at the train station. He said he was not making enough money at a dime a bag, so he used a pole and rope to build a contraption that allowed him to cart up to four bags at once. Another kid supposedly yelled, “You look like a walking satchel tree.”

Paige went 12–5 and 10–9 while recording 176 strikeouts in 1929. Several sources credit his 1929 strikeout total as the all-time, single-season record for the Negro leagues.

Paige moved from team to team over the course of his career, to obtain better salaries.
Satchel Paige played for the following teams: the Birmingham Black Barons, Chicago American Giants, Baltimore Black Sox, Cleveland Cubs, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Cuban House Of David, Kansas City Monarchs, Mexico City Agrario, New York Black Yankees, and the Homestead Grays all in the Negro National League.

Paige finally went pro and joined the Cleveland Indians (American League) in 1948 and the St. Louis Browns in 1951.

In 1966, Paige pitched in his last game in organized baseball at age 60.

Paige was a right-handed pitcher, and at age 42 in 1948, he 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 1952 and 1953. He was the first player who had played in the Negro leagues to pitch in the World Series, in 1948, and was the first electee of the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1971.

Until 1938, Paige threw mostly hard fastballs and an occasional curveball, but by the 1950’s, Paige was throwing almost any pitch imaginable, including a screwball, a knuckleball, and an eephus pitch.

Considered one of the world’s fastest pitchers at 6’4″ and 150 pounds, Paige’s fastball was once clocked at 104 mph at Lincoln Park in Chicago while he was in his late fifties.

He once said, “If I’d been pitching to people like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig,” he said, “they would have hit fewer homers and those lifetime batting averages might not be so impressive.”

Paige died of a heart attack after a power failure at his home in Kansas City on June 8, 1982 at age 75.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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