Slide into the 1920's, By Kyle Faulkenberry
Enter The Life Of The Best Negro Pitcher
Satchel Paige was born on July 7, 1907, in Alabama. Became a professional baseball pitcher in 1927-1956, and coached with the Atlanta Braves in 1965. Pitched for many baseball teams in the Negro League: Kansas City Monarchs, Birmingham Black Barons and many more. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. During the 1920's Satchel was playing Baseball, Satchel could throw a ball at 103 mph! Satchel started his baseball career towards the end of the 20's and ended his career towards the end of the 50's. Satchel's best prime was when he was in Negro League, not when he was in the Major League. Satchel had 11 siblings, at the start of the 1920's Satchel was only 13 years old. That means that he was young adult at the end of the 1920's. Satchel's family grew up poor in the segregated south. Satchel got his first job at the age of 7, working at a train station. Satchel started playing Baseball at the age of 10 at his elementary school. Baseball gave Satchel a reason to go to school. Satchel was admired by his teammates both in the Negro League and in the Major League. Satchel began his career in 1923 with the Mobile Tigers, an all black semi pro team. After a couple of years Satchel discovered that Baseball was more than a game, it was entertainment and a business. Paige earned Money throughout the 1920's by pitching in the Negro League, batting practices for white minor league teams.
Impact in the 1920's
Satchel Paige had a very big impact in 1920's. He showed that African Americans could pitch and play baseball just as good as white men, if not better than the white men. This showed some white owner's and general managers that the African Americans could play ball. So when the Dodgers saw Jackie Robinson they signed him. Satchel Paige had a very big impact on that, he was playing ball before Jackie and was showing them how good African Americans are. Now by the time white teams were signing African Americans, Satchel Paige was out of his prime so it took him longer to get signed, but still he had one of the biggest impacts in sport's history, and in the 1920's.
Satchel Paige Video
Satchel Paige part 1
Movie Clip from "Don't Look Back: The Story of Satchel Paige
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige (TV Movie) Feature Clip