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Quote and Person of the day - Leroy Satchel Paige

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”⠀

– Leroy Satchel Paige⠀

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (1906 – 1982) was an African American baseball pitcher who is notable for his longevity in the game, and for attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.⠀

As a young man Leroy earned money as a baggage carrier at the train station and rigged up a pole that allowed him to carry more luggage at one time and increase his pay. This is where his nickname came from - when he was told that he looked like a 'walking satchel tree’.⠀

Satchel was enrolled in reform school when he was 12 for petty crimes. Whilst attending, a coach took an interest in Satchel's ability to play baseball. He taught him how to pitch, which would be his claim to fame in the Major Leagues.⠀

Paige was a right-handed pitcher, and at age 42 in 1948, was the oldest major league rookie while playing for the Cleveland Indians. He played with the St. Louis Browns until age 47, and represented them in the All-Star Game in 1952 and 1953.⠀

In 2010, sportswriter Joe Posnanski, writing for Sports Illustrated, named Paige as the hardest thrower in the history of baseball. He based this, in part, on the fact that: "Joe DiMaggio would say that Paige was the best he ever faced. Bob Feller would say that Paige was the best he ever saw. Hack Wilson would say that the ball looked like a marble when it crossed the plate”.



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