Satchel Paige was born on this date, July 7, in 1906. He was an African American baseball player, the first Black pitcher in the American League, and the first representative of the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Leroy Robert (“Satchel”) Paige earned his nickname as a boy carrying satchels or suitcases at the Mobile train station. Accused of stealing toy rings, Paige was sent to the Mount Meigs, Alabama, reform school. It was here that he began to play baseball, assuming a place on the pitcher’s mound that he held for over 40 years, and becoming, according to ballplayer Dizzy Dean, the greatest pitcher of all time. [Continue reading on the African American Registry.]
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