leroy paige

Today In History

‘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.’

(photo: Leroy “Satchel” Paige)

- CARTER Magazine

Leroy “Satchel” Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982).

Paige didn’t know his birthdate until he was 42 years old, and Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck tracked down the pitcher’s birth certificate.

Paige signed his major league baseball contract on 7 July 1948 (his 42nd birthday), and made his first start 2 days later, the oldest person to make a major league debut.