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.
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Satchel Paige Facts
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. It was Lula who added the "i" to their surname not long before Paige was to start his illustrious career; he maintained that she changed it to sound "high-tone.
Long before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier of "organized baseball, " Satchel Paige was a name well known to the general sports public. As an outstanding performer in "Negro baseball, " Paige had become a legendary figure whose encounters with major league players added considerable laurels to his athletic reputation.
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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.
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