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Happy Birthday, Satch!

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)

Satchel Paige: don't look back by David A. Adler (JB Paige)

Satchel Paige by Lesa Cline-Ransome (JB Paige)

Satch and me by Dan Gutman (J Gutman)

The Negro League's integration era by Bo Smilka (J796.357 SMO)

We are the ship: the story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (J796.357 NEL)

Popular baseball fiction has been written by:  Matt Christopher, Mike Lupica, Dan Gutman, Loren Long, Jake Maddox, and Rich Wallace.  Non-fiction baseball related books can be found in J796.357 and J Biography.

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