Leroy "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama. He started his baseball career in the Negro Baseball League. In 1948, at the age of forty-two, he became the first African American pitcher in the major league. Paige was such a phenomenal player that Joe DiMaggio described him as, "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced". He played for Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals. After retirement, he coached the Atlanta Braves. Paige was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 1971. Today, he is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
Interested in learning more? Check out these titles when you visit the library:
Something to prove by Robert Skead (J796.357 SKE)
Satchel Paige by Julie Schmidt (JB Paige)