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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Satche’s Greatest Trick

“Paige was the best pitcher I ever saw,” Feller said. 

“He’s a better pitcher’n I ever hope to be,” Dean said.

“Of course the stories about Satchel are legendary, and some of them are even true,” said Buck O’Neil, who teamed with Paige on the Kansas City Monarchs and was a lifelong friend. “For Satchel, making believers out of doubters was sweeter than winning any ballgame. It was as sweet as life itself.”

gehrig97 Posted: February 16, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bill veeck, bob feller, dizzy dean, satchel paige

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   1. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:45 AM (#5402888)
Nancy!
   2. PreservedFish Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:50 AM (#5402894)
Maybe I really should be jangling around more. It's like the 1930s version of a treadmill desk.
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:53 AM (#5402900)
Why are we always looking back at Satchel Paige? What did the man tell you?
   4. BDC Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:53 AM (#5402901)
Convincing the world he did not exist? :)
   5. Cargo Cultist Posted: February 16, 2017 at 02:21 PM (#5403080)
"Satch was the greatest pitcher in baseball." - Ted Williams

"Satchel Paige was the toughest pitcher I ever faced. I couldn't do much with him. All the years I played there, I never got a hit off of him. He threw fire." - Buck Leonard

"The best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced." - Joe DiMaggio

"The best righthander baseball has ever known." - Bill Veeck
   6. Rally Posted: February 16, 2017 at 02:52 PM (#5403120)
Ted MLB vs. Satch: 2-9, both singles, 2 bb, 1 k.
   7. Perry Posted: February 16, 2017 at 03:24 PM (#5403152)
Ted MLB vs. Satch: 2-9, both singles, 2 bb, 1 k.


And needless to say but I'll say it anyway, that's Satch in his 40s.
   8. BDC Posted: February 16, 2017 at 03:59 PM (#5403220)
Ted MLB vs. Satch: 2-9

Oddly enough, the last major-leaguer to get a hit against Paige was Carl Yastrzemski.

   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 16, 2017 at 05:15 PM (#5403311)
Paige was still an effective pitcher pitching in AAA in his 50s. Starting at age 49 in 1956, he went 31-22, 2.44 over the next three seasons (365 innings) in the International League, plus a bit in the PCL in 1961. That looks to me like a pitcher perfectly capable of still pitching in the majors.
   10. gehrig97 Posted: February 16, 2017 at 05:34 PM (#5403330)
@9: Perhaps... but if that were the case, wouldn't one team find a place for him on their roster (given his box-office appeal)?
   11. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: February 16, 2017 at 05:41 PM (#5403339)
Satchel Paige was a legit major league starting pitcher from at least 1928 through 1958. He was the Gordie Howe of pitchers, and, given the chance, might well have beaten Cy Young's unassailable record of 511 wins.

Oddly enough, the last major-leaguer to get a hit against Paige was Carl Yastrzemski.

Paige as a 20-year-old played for the 1927 Birmingham Black Barons with Bill Gatewood, who debuted with the Cuban X Giants in 1906. (Gatewood was already 24 that year, so he was probably playing amateur ball as far back as 1900 or so). Satch's final game came with the 1966 Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League...who had an 18-year-old kid named Johnny Bench. (Tragically, Paige didn't actually get to pitch to Bench that night. Would that have been the greatest battery ever?) Bench retired in 1983, the same year as Yaz.
   12. Cargo Cultist Posted: February 16, 2017 at 06:30 PM (#5403376)
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KC1/KC1196509250.shtml
Boston @ Kansas City
Saturday, September 25, 1965, Municipal Stadium
Attendance: 9,289, Time of Game: 2:14

Kansas City Athletics
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Satchel Paige 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 10 58 0.149 0.78 1.3
Diego Segui 4 3 2 2 1 4 1 4.57 16 0 0 -0.055 1.37 -0.3
Don Mossi, L (5-7) 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.68 2 0 0 -0.004 1.57 -0.0
John Wyatt 0.1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2.58 4 1 1 -0.432 2.17 -2.7
Jack Aker 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.28 4 1 0 0.011 0.11 0.6
Team Totals 9 7 5 5 2 8 2 5.00 36 58 2 1 -0.331 1.22 -1.1

Paige was FIFTY-NINE years old. He pitched three innings against the Red Sox: 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 0 runs.
   13. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: February 16, 2017 at 06:47 PM (#5403382)
Paige was the winning pitcher in the 1934 East-West Game. He was also the winning pitcher in the 1961 East-West Game.
   14. Rally Posted: February 16, 2017 at 07:35 PM (#5403412)
I wonder how many of those 9,289 claim to have watched that game. 50K? 100k?
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: February 16, 2017 at 10:12 PM (#5403472)
Satchel Paige was a legit major league starting pitcher from at least 1928 through 1958.

well, he blew out his arm for a few years in the middle, but I'm quibbling.

I do love that Paige in that game was relieved by Diego Segui, who was "The Ancient Mariner" pitcher by the time that club came along about 60 years after Paige debuted.
   16. Cargo Cultist Posted: February 17, 2017 at 03:17 AM (#5403519)
The Red Sox who Paige faced at age 59:

Jim Gosger CF
Dalton Jones 3B
Carl Yastrzemski LF
Tony Conigliaro RF
Lee Thomas 1B
Felix Mantilla 2B
Eddie Bressoud SS
Mike Ryan C
Bill Monbouquette P

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