Satchel Page Summary

Topics: African American, Baseball, Negro league baseball Pages: 1 (283 words) Published: April 2, 2012
Satchel Paige
Leroy “Satchel” Paige acquired his name because he carried suitcases and satchels for passengers at the Union Station in Mobile, Alabama. Satchel was a famous African American forced to play in his own league, separate from whites. Satchel received his reputation because he was a natural born athlete. He live up to his reputation because at 19 years old he could throw a spin ball and make that ball go slow or just make the ball be where ever he wanted it to be. In 1924, Satchel was selected to play professional baseball. But, he was not allowed to play in the major-league baseball, for the white leagues, because during those times, black African Americans were not allowed to play. Therefore, Satchel played for the Negro Leagues. For 17 years Satchel played with the Negro Leagues and he and his friends went on to make names from themselves like his friend, Josh Gibson, who nick name was “the black Babe Ruth.” The people always crowed the ball games to see Satchel and Gibson; their fans loved them. Satchel got married in 1941, and wanted to stay home with his family, but baseball was his game and he could not stay away from the game. He went on to play for the City Monarchs and led his team to the Negro World Series. In that game, Satchel played against his best friend Josh Gibson. This was Satchels time to show the league that was the best ball player out of him and his friend Gibson. When his friend came up to the base to bat, Satchel strike him and said afterward, “"Nobody ever hits Satchel's fastball, and nobody ever will."
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