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It was common, during his career in the white majors, for observers to speculate about his age. The official Paige site ( thinks he was born in 1905, but during his lifetime all manner of dates were guessed. Bill Veeck, the owner of the Cleveland Indians when Satchel debuted, attempted to research his birthdate and concluded that he must have been born before 1900 (as written in Veeck as in Wreck). Satchel stoked the flames himself, by saying various things about his age:

He came to the white major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, and pitched from 1948 top 1953, mostly with a good ERAs, with 1950 spent in the minors. As a "rookie" in 1948, he went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA, and had an ERA of 0.00 in 2/3 inning in the 1948 World Series, which the Indians won. Much later, in 1965, he came back to pitch three more innings in the majors, at an age that was close to 60, and he gave up no runs and only one hit. He was the last major league player to play while older than the sitting US President – Lyndon B. Johnson.

• Satchel Paige pitched 3 shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics at the age of 59 on September 25, 1965. This made him the oldest player ever to participate in a major league game. Only five other players have played after the age of 50: Minnie Minoso, Nick Altrock, Jim O’Rourke, Charley O’Leary and Jack Quinn. He gave up one hit, a double to Carl Yastrzemski, and notched one strikeout – opposing hurler Bill Monbouquette.

• Paige was the first African-American to pitch in a World Series game. He pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief for Cleveland in Game 5 of the 1948 World Series. The Indians’ pitching had been dominant up until that point, as they got complete games from their starters in each of the first four games. However, the Braves battered Bob Feller and scored six times in the 7th inning of Game 5. Only Paige could stop the bleeding and end the inning, in a game the Indians went on to lose 11-5.

• Paige was perhaps the greatest pitcher in the history of the California Winter League. He holds the records for wins (56), strikeouts (766, more than the next two combined – Bullet Joe Rogan and Walter Johnson, games (80) and shutouts (17, 5 more than Johnson). He was tied for second in complete games (47, 5 behind Rogan) and third in winning percentage (.889, behind Willie Foster and Schoolboy Griffith, just ahead of Johnson).

Paige pitched two no-hitters, both for the Pittsburgh Crawfords. In his second no-hitter in on July 4 1934, Paige struck out 17 men, establishing the all-time Negro Leagues record, and matching what was then the white Major League record for a single game. Four days later, Paige was on the other end of a no-hitter, to Sug Cornelius and the Chicago American Giants, but he pitched shutout ball and beat the American Giants 3-0 in 10 innings.

• After his first stint in the majors ended, Paige pitched several seasons in the minors. He won 31 games for the Miami Marlins of the International League from 1956 to 1958. At age 55, he played for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in 1961 and posted a 2.88 ERA.