Hall of Fame Negro and Major League Baseball Player. Gaining his nickname as a railroad porter as a boy, he became a legendary right-handed pitcher while playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts (1926 to 1927), Birmingham Black Barons (1927 to 1930), Baltimore Black Socks (1930) Cleveland Cubs (1931), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1931 to 1937) Kansas City Monarchs (1935 to 1936, 1939 to 1948, 1950, 1955), Santo Domingo (1937), Santo Domingo All Stars (1937), Newark Eagles (1938), Mexican League (1938), Satchel Paige's All Stars (1939), New York Black Yankees (1943), Memphis Red Sox (1943) Philadelphia Stars (1946 and 1950), all of the Negro Leagues, and the Cleveland Indians (1948 to 1949), St. Louis Browns (1951 to 1953) and Kansas City Athletics (1965) of the Major Leagues, and the Indianapolis Clowns (1967). He pitched a few seasons in the California Winter Leagues against such Major League stars as Joe DiMaggio and Babe Herman, who both later claimed that he was the toughest pitcher that they ever faced. Paige's estimated career record is 2600 games pitched, 300 shut-outs, and 55 no-hitters. In 1948 with the Indians he became the oldest rookie to play in a Major League season, compiling a 6-1 record and a 2.48 ERA. That year he also pitched in the World Series, appearing in Game 6 against the Boston Braves. With the Browns he was named to the American League All-Star team in 1952 and 1953, and pitched in the 1953 Mid-Summer Classic. In 1965 he pitched 3 innings to become the oldest man to pitch in a Major League game, and in 1971 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first player elected from the Negro Leagues. He was famous for his larger than life reputation. It is said that he would get the outfielders to sit during innings while he would strike out the side. In one game he walked two batters to pitch to Pittsburgh Crawford catching great Josh Gibson, the most dangerous hitter in black baseball, and struck him out. He was also known for his quotes, most famously "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you."
Lahoma Jean Brown Paige