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 Satchel Paige

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Satchel Paige Famous memorial

Original Name
Leroy Robert
Birth
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Death
8 Jun 1982 (aged 75)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot
Paige Island, between Sections 51 and 38
Memorial ID
1425 View Source

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 following teams in the Negro Leagues: 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), and Philadelphia Stars (1946 and 1950). In the Major Leagues, he played for the Cleveland Indians (1948 to 1949), St. Louis Browns (1951 to 1953), and Kansas City Athletics (1965). Finally, he played for the Indianapolis Clowns, the last of the Negro League teams to disband (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 2,600 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 Midsummer Classic. In 1965, he pitched 3 innings to become the oldest man to pitch in a Major League game. 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."

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 following teams in the Negro Leagues: 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), and Philadelphia Stars (1946 and 1950). In the Major Leagues, he played for the Cleveland Indians (1948 to 1949), St. Louis Browns (1951 to 1953), and Kansas City Athletics (1965). Finally, he played for the Indianapolis Clowns, the last of the Negro League teams to disband (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 2,600 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 Midsummer Classic. In 1965, he pitched 3 innings to become the oldest man to pitch in a Major League game. 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."


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 1425
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1425/satchel-paige: accessed ), memorial page for Satchel Paige (7 Jul 1906–8 Jun 1982), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1425, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.