July 7, 1906 Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige, hall of fame baseball player, was born in Mobile, Alabama. Paige was committed at 12 to the Industrial School for Negro Children where he developed his pitching skills. He was signed by the Chattanooga White Sox of the Negro leagues in 1926. In addition to the Negro leagues, Paige pitched in Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. He also pitched against many White major league stars during that time, including hall of famers Dizzy Dean, who called him “the pitcher with the greatest stuff I ever saw”, and Joe DiMaggio, who said that he was the best pitcher he had ever faced. During World War II, when many of the best major league players were in the service, Paige was the highest paid athlete in the world. In 1948, at 42, Paige became the oldest player ever to debut in the major leagues where he pitched until 1953. On September 25, 1965, at 59, he pitched three innings of shutout baseball against the Boston Red Sox. He finally quit pitching in 1967. Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player from the Negro leagues to be inducted. A made-for-television movie, “Don’t Look Back”, of his life was aired in 1981. Paige died June 8, 1982. The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honor in 2000. A statue of Paige was unveiled July 28, 2006 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York commemorating the contributions of the Negro leagues to baseball. His biography, “The Life and Times of an American Legend”, was published in 2009. Another biography, “If You Were Only White”, was published in 2012.