‘Leroy “Satchel” Paige, the first Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, was born in Mobile, AL, on this date July 7, 1906. Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians on this date in 1948 and two days later became the oldest rookie and the first Black to pitch in an American League baseball game.’
February 9, 1971
Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige began his professional career in the Negro Leagues in 1926, where he remained one of the most dominant and popular players in the league until his major league debut in 1948. Paige was 42 when he pitched his first major league game, and he pitched his last big league game at the age of 59.