Thursday, February 3, 2011

On this day, February 2, 1954 - Satchel Paige

This day, February 2.

Soon after the St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles, the franchise released Satchel Paige on this day in 1954.  Paige had a 3.28 ERA over the previous two seasons with the Browns and was coming off two All-Star appearances, but the legendary Negro Leagues star was 47 years old (though Paige's age was always in some dispute). 

Paige pitched minor league ball in the Phillies' system from 1956-58, started five games for Portland of the PCL in 1961 and then, incredibly, returned to the majors in 1965 to start one game for the Kansas City A's. 

At age 54, Paige pitched three scoreless innings against Boston, holding the Red Sox to one hit.

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