Jul. 7, 2020

Celebrating Leroy Satchel Paige’s Birthday

Leroy Satchel Paige was in my opinion the greatest professional baseball player in this nation’s history. You name the player Babe Ruth, Willie May, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, and so many more and Satch surpassed them on the baseball diamond. In 1965 on a September night Satch did something that should never be forgotten. Leroy Paige at the age of 59, or 65, or 69 pitched 3 innings against the Boston Red Sox. Paige retired 9 of 10 batters and allowed only one hit. Listen as I read an article that appeared on the 50th anniversary of that feat today. The article appeared in the Kansas City Star and was written by sports reporter the Sam Mellinger. I know many young people don’t know the name Leroy Satchel Paige but he is a legend in our illustrious African American history.