On this day in Alabama history: Baseball legend Satchel Paige was born

On this day in Alabama history: Baseball legend Satchel Paige was born
Leroy “Satchel” Paige. (Brownsc, Wikipedia)

July 7, 1906

Thought by some to be the greatest pitcher who ever lived, Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born in Mobile on this day in 1906. His career in the Negro League and independent leagues spanned more than 20 years. Then, at the age of 42, Paige finally debuted with the Cleveland Indians, as a major league rookie. He lasted six more years in the majors, making it as an All-Star in his last two seasons. Paige retired in the minor leagues, playing his last game just three weeks shy of his 50th birthday. He became a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

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