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Reverse of Satchell Paige TOPPS 220 baseball trading card, 1953
 
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"Ballad of Satchel Paige"
From Ballads of Black America
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Satchell Paige Baseball Card
1953

Pitcher for the St. Louis Browns
Athlete, showman, and wit, six-foot-three-and-a-half-inch Paige earned fame during his many years in the Negro leagues before entering the major leagues in the late 1940s. Although the card lists Paige's birth date as September 11, 1908, controversy surrounds his actual date of birth (some sources place it as early as December 18, 1899). Whatever his real age, Paige--who went by the nickname Satchell--was surely well past his prime when he signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1948. Nevertheless, he helped the team win the World Series that year. And when he later joined the St. Louis Browns, Paige was the team's most effective relief pitcher from 1951 through 1953. As the biographical information on the back of the card records, "'Ole Satch' had the best season, in '52, of his long deferred and much interrupted Major League career."

Notes
Paige (1908?-1982) is reputed to have pitched as many as 2,500 games during his nearly 30-year career, winning about 2,000 of them.
The Browns moved to Baltimore and were renamed the Orioles for the 1954 season.
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Learn more!
· Excerpt of reverse of TOPPS 220 card
· African Americans in Baseball
· African Americans in Sports
· "Ballad of Satchel Paige," From Ballads of Black America
· Kansas City Monarch's Memorabilia

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