Satchel Paige of the Cleveland Indians 1949 Bowman Reprint
Alex Herman, of the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro
Southern League discovered Satchel Paige and wanted to sign him to a
$50 per week contract.Lula Paige didn’t want any part of it until
Herman promised to send her a stipend extracted from Satchel’s
Paige was used sparingly in 1926; on June 22 he got the starting
job against the Albany Giants and ended up giving up 13 runs in the
loss. It was during a game against the Memphis Red Sox that Bill
“Plunk” Drake taught Paige the hesitation pitch that Paige would
make famous. For the 1927 season, Paige was given a raise to $200
per month and a slick Ford Model A roadster. After just a few games,
Paige abandoned the Lookouts for the $276 per month the Birmingham
Black Barons of the Negro National League were willing to pay.
Pitching for the Barons, Satchel Paige was wild and awkward and
didn’t want to take advice on how to pitch from his manager, Bill
Gatewood. During a game on June 27, 1927, against Cool PapaBell’s
St. Louis Stars, Paige incited a riot by beaning three consecutive
Stars players. Finally Paige accepted help with his mechanics from
Sam Streeter and Harry Salmon. He finished the season 8-3 with 80
strikeouts and 19 walks in 93 innings.
Over the next 2 seasons, Paige went 23-25 while setting the Negro
League single season strikeout record in 1929 with 184 including the
then record of 17 in one game against the Detroit Stars. Due to his
increased earning potential, Barons owner R. T. Jacksonwould “rent”
Paige out to other ball clubs for a game or two to draw a decent
crowd, with both Jackson and Paige taking a cut.
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Paige Bowman 1949 Reprint Baseball Card
"Age is a case of mind
over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter".
"My pitching philosophy is simple - keep the ball way from the
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