Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige Is Born

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, perhaps baseball's greatest pitcher ever, was born on July 7, ca.

1906, in Mobile, Alabama. Paige earned his nickname, Satchel, as a young boy carrying bags at railroad stations for passengers. After being convicted of petty theft, he was placed in a black reform school where he began refining his baseball skills. Five years later, the lean, long-armed Paige began pitching professionally for several teams in the Negro Southern Association, the Negro American League, and the Negro National League.

Paige's pitching prowess drew huge crowds. A natural showman, Paige enjoyed driving from game to game in his Cadillac convertible. He also owned a bus and several airplanes with Satchel Paige's All-Stars written on the side.

I liked playing against Negro League teams, but I loved barnstorming. It gave us a chance to play everybody and go everywhere and let millions of people see what we could do. I just loved it. I'd have played every day of the year if I could.”

— Satchel Paige, Kansas City Monarchs, in When the Game was Black and White

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906– June 8, 1982) was an American baseball player whose pitching in several different Negro Leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime.

Paige was a right-handed pitcher and was the oldest rookie to play Major League Baseball. He played with the St. Louis Browns around the age of fifty and represented them in the Major League All-Star Game in both 1952 and 1953. His professional playing career lasted from the mid-1920s until 1965. In 1971, Paige was the first player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame from the Negro Leagues.