PAIGE, LEROY ROBERT "SATCHEL" (7 July 1906-8 June 1982), legendary
Paige first pitched for a Cleveland team, the Negro Natl. League's Cleveland Cubs, in 1931. The team disbanded at midseason. With the elimination of baseball's color line in 1946, Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians at midseason in 1948, becoming the oldest rookie in major-league history at age 42. Paige was 6-1, helping the Indians to their pennant. He was 4-7 in 1949, and released. He pitched with the St. Louis Browns from 1951-53. Paige estimated that he pitched over 2,500 games and won about 2,000. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Paige married Janet Howard in 1934; they divorced in 1943. He then married Lahoma Brown in 1947. Paige had 6 children: Carolyn, Lula, Rita, Pamela, Warren and Robert Leroy. He died in Kansas City, Mo. and was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery there.
Paige, LeRoy (Satchel), as told to David Lipman. Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (1962).
Paige, LeRoy (Satchel), as told to Hal Lebovitz. Pitchin' Man (1948).
Holway, John B. Josh and Satch (1991).
Ribowsky, Mark. Don't Look Back (1994).