Aug. 14, 1928
Mobile native Satchel Paige had signed with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in the semi-pro baseball leagues in 1926 but that team sold his contract to the Birmingham Black Barons in 1928. Little did anyone know at the time of the greatness Paige would have as a pitcher. The first sign of that greatness came in a game against the Kansas City Monarchs on Aug. 14, 1928, when Paige struck out nine batters in less than seven innings. He would pitch shutouts in his next two games on his way to an historic career in the Negro Leagues and later in the Major Leagues.
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