Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 - June 8, 1982) was
an American baseball player who pitched in several different Negro
Leagues and in Major League Baseball.
A right-handed pitcher, Paige's professional playing career
lasted from the mid-1920s until 1965. He appeared in the Major
League All-Star Game in both 1952 and 1953.
In 1999, he ranked Number 19 on The Sporting News' list of the
100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for
the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Satchel Paige stated in the book, Pitchin' Man by Hal Lebovitz
as well as numerous articles, that one of his greatest
disappointments was, "I never pitched to Babe Ruth." The Babe Ruth
All-Stars did play exhibition games against Negro leaguers but
Paige and Ruth never faced off against each other.
On July 28, 2006, a statue of Satchel Paige was unveiled in
Cooper Park, Cooperstown, New York commemorating the contributions
of the Negro Leagues to baseball.