Leroy “Satchel” Paige, The Oldest Rookie to Ever Play in Minor League Baseball

Leroy Paige

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Leroy Paige grew up to become a legend in the Negro Leagues. Later, in 1948, he was finally allowed to join the major leagues. Britannica describes Paige by stating: "A right-handed, flexible 'beanpole' standing more than 6 feet 3 inches tall, Paige had considerable pitching speed, but he also developed a comprehensive mastery of slow-breaking pitches and varied deliveries."

Due to his amazing talents, Leroy "Satchel" Paige became "the first primary Negro Leagues star to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971," according to MLB. The same article lists some of his amazing achievements, pointing out not only that "he might have been the hardest-working pitcher in history," but also how his "talent was described as second to none."

According to Ted Williams, Paige's induction into the Hall of Fame is "a symbol of the great Negro [Leagues] players that are not here only because they were not given the chance."