sorry for the rant. this is a baseball forum so lets get back to business...
Originally Posted by HumnHilghtFreel
Another interesting article from milb.com HERE
Satchel Paige could possibly have been a top 5 pitcher of all time had he been allowed into the leagues at a younger age. There all sorts of rumors and heresay but here are some basic facts:
1927 pitching for the birmingham black barons he 93IP 80 K and 19BB
1929 set the negro league K record in a season with 184. I haven't found his innings pitched. Also that includes 17 in a single game.
1932 joined the homestead grays with a team that included Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston and Ted Radcliffe.
1932 Grays sign Cool Papa Bell, John Henry Russell, Leroy Matlock, Jake Stephens, ”Boojum” Wilson, Jimmie Crutchfield, Ted Page, Judy Johnson and Rap Dixon. Arguably one of the greatest teams ever assembled. 5 future hall of famers...
1936 On February 7, 1936, Joe DiMaggio was making his last stop as a minor leaguer before joining the New York Yankees, and he was going to have to face baseball’s best pitcher, Satchel Paige. DiMaggio ended up going 1-4 with the game winning RBI in the bottom of the tenth. A Yankee scout watching the game wired the big club that day a report which read, “DIMAGGIO EVERYTHING WE’D HOPED HE’D BE: HIT SATCH ONE FOR FOUR.”
Over the next few years he bounced around multiple leaguesincluding mexico and the dominican republic before Jakie broke the color barrier.
On his last game that he ever pitched in as a major leaguer at the young age of 59 he threw 3 innings allowing ZERO runs to a Boston Red Sox team that included a guy by the name if Carl Yastrzemski... in 1966
Satchel was ridiculously great!