Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Satchel Paige's honor completes big night for Mobile baseball

Paige was among the four greatest Negro Leagues players when the results of an online poll were announced during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

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Paige's recognition followed accolades for fellow Mobile natives Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Billy Williams at the All-Star Game, where former Mobile prep star Josh Donaldson started at third base for the American League.

Paige became a household name as a Negro Leagues pitcher and while barnstorming in the offseason with big-league players. Because of segregation, he didn't reach the Major Leagues until he was 42, but still managed to represent the St. Louis Browns in two All-Star Games. In 1971, Paige became the first player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of his exploits in the Negro Leagues.

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