Leroy Satchel Paige

By: Kaylie Rock

Mini Biography

Born on July 7th, 1907 and dying at age 75 on June 8, 1982 Leroy Satchel Paige was the husband to LaHoma Brown and was father to 8 kids; Warren, Leroy Jr., Rita, Lula, Pamela, Carolyn, Linda, and Shirley. Paige was one of the best pitchers in the Negro Leagues and Major Leagues and was Named to the Hall of Fame in 1971. He began playing baseball at the age of 10 for his elementary school team. After that his love for the sport continued to grow. He loved everything about baseball. The very first semi-pro team team he played on was the Mobile Tigers in 1923. Starting at $1 a game this is where Leroy's baseball career began. After years playing on negro league teams Leroy finally got a spot on the Cleveland Indians in the major league. By the end of his baseball career Paige had pitched around 2,500 games. Out of these 2,500 games around 2,000 were wins including 300 shutouts and 55 no-hitters. In 1968, two years after his last game, Leroy joined the coaching staff for the Atlanta Braves. He is still greatly known today as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.
Satchel Paige.

Questions from video:

1. How much money did he make on a year on the Cleveland Indians?

2. From the answer above how much would that amount of money be worth today?

Paige's Impact

Even though Paige was pitching on a negro league team he still attracted a lot of white spectators to watch him play because of his unbelievable pitching talent. In 1948 Paige contributed to the World Series win for the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Braves. Not only did he help them win but he was the first African American to be apart of the World Series. After his major league career playing with the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and the Kansas City Athletics came to an end, Paige was the very first player from the Negro Leagues to be elected into National Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, New York) in 1971. It is definitely safe to say that during his baseball career he won the respect of many of the people around him including both whites and blacks.