In 1946, Bob Feller and Satchel Paige were the featured attractions on a barnstorming tour.
Feller was a Cleveland Indians phenom with a blazing fastball, who had just come back from service in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Paige was an ageless wonder who had pitched throughout the Negro Leagues, including Chattanooga, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Feller said Paige was the best pitcher...
Today is the first in a series of obituaries of men and women who played or shaped baseball. My goal in this little endeavor is to focus on the lesser-known stories – the inspiring, tragic, and entertaining – that give the national pastime its character.
And we’ll start by looking at the Negro Leaguer who died on January 1, 2013.
Ross “Satch” Davis
When Satchel Paige loans...
Satchel Paige was the oldest rookie to play in Major League Baseball at the age of 42, but he’d already made a name for himself playing for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues.
Paige was among the most famous and successful players from the Negro Leagues, and signed briefly with the Kansas City Athletics in the latter part of his career. While with the Athletics on a...
CINCINNATI -- It was old Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige who liked to tell people as he grew older, "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you."
And that certainly applies to the Cincinnati Red these days as the season runs in course. If they haven't notice, they might best look over their shoulders because something is certainly gaining on them.
The Chicago Cubs have...
No one who saw Luis Tiant pitch will ever forget him.
Man of a hundred windups, and a “good lookeeng sonafabeech” by his own estimation, ““El Tiante”” was one of the most charismatic players of his era — and with the possible exception of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, no pitcher of the 1970s was more fun to watch.
Older- (and stouter-) looking than he actually was, Tiant...
“Life begins at 40 in the big league. Or somewhere thereabouts.” -Satchel Paige
They say “better late than never”, but for Hall of Fame pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige, that term took on a whole new meaning in 1948.
On July 7, the Cleveland Indians’ Bill Veeck turned a lot of heads as he signed the former Negro League star in the midst of a pennant race. Paige instantly...
Hall of Fame pitcher and former Cleveland Indian Satchel Paige passes away at the age of 75. Paige was widely considered to be the greatest Negro League pitcher of all-time. He signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 making his debut at the age of 42. This made him the oldest rookie in Major League history. Paige played two seasons in Cleveland and a total of six in...
On this day in Kansas City Sports History, for March 13th in
1937- Sherrill Headrick was born today, a star linebacker for the KC Chiefs.
1943- Satchel Paige, KC Monarchs Legend, pitched today in what he called his Greatest Day in Baseball, when during the championship game in Santo Domingo, the country’s President All Stars had to beat his political rival’s team, for dictorial...
Luscious Luke Easter
1952 Top 13 MVP