A cool biography made by me :P
Have you ever wondered about how many no-hitters, shutouts and wins Leroy “Satchel” Paige has had in his career? To begin, he was incredibly wise, skilled in general and “modest.” He also broke the color barrier in baseball along with Jackie Robinson, inspiring other black ball players. He also brought to the attention of America the segregation that divided the country, beginning an era of change. Despite being one of many children and being black, he persevered and succeeded to join the “Major Leagues” in his forties. Satchel Paige will be known mainly for these three reasons. However, there is much more to Satchel Paige.
Early Life :)
Satchel Paige was born on July seventh, around 1906 in Mobile, Alabama. He was the seventh of TWELVE children. At age of twelve, Paige “enrolled”in The Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama, where he was recognized by a baseball coach. The coach taught him to pull back and kick his leg high in the air as he came down, bring his arm way behind and thrust his hand forward as he released the ball giving the ball maximum power as it hurtled forward. Satchel later said, "You might say I traded five years of freedom to learn how to pitch." So Satchel Paige had a pretty rough early life.
Adult Life =)
Paige began his baseball career in the negro leagues in 1926 where he played for The “Chattanooga White Sox.” He quickly became well-known and climbed up the ranks in the Negro Leagues. He was very popular among the fans. The fans came to see Satchel, and Satchel only. Even the coach said that he could hardly coach the team when Satchel was around, he said Satchel coached everyone. Even when Satchel wasn’t strick’n batters out, he had other stuff too do. Paige was an accomplished photographer, musician, and actor, not to mention good with the ladies.... So, Paige had a decent adult life.
Major Accomplishments :D
Leroy “Satchel” Paige was an overachiever in life. He finally broke the color barrier along with Jackie Robinson to finally join the Major Leagues with the “Cleveland Indians.” Paige lead the Indians to a WORLD SERIES WIN as well as the fact that he made the all-star team for the American league. But best of all, he was finally elected to the hall of fame. He became the rookie of the year, and Paige greeted this compliment with these fine and humble words,”I didn’t accept it, because I didn't know which year the fellows were referring to.” These words will always be remembered and Satchel’s good humor too.
Satchel Paige died on June 8, 1982 in Kansas City of Myocardial infarction. He died at the estimated age of 75. As Paige said,” Age, is a question of mind over matter. If it don’t mind, it don’t matter” It’s as simple as that.
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