Satchel Paige Kansas City Athletics

July 07, 1921 - June 08, 1982 | 6' 4" | 180lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CLE AL 1949 4 7 5 0 31 5 83.0 70 4 33 54 3.04 1.24 1.11 3.6 5.9 .268 n/a
SLA AL 1951 3 4 5 0 23 3 62.0 67 6 29 48 4.79 1.55 1.46 4.2 7.0 .325 n/a
SLA AL 1952 12 10 10 0 46 6 138.0 116 5 57 91 3.07 1.25 1.10 3.7 5.9 .271 n/a
SLA AL 1953 3 9 11 0 57 4 117.1 114 12 39 51 3.53 1.30 1.29 3.0 3.9 .267 n/a
KC1 AL 1965 0 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 1 0 0 1 0.00 0.33 0.33 0.0 0.0 .118 n/a
Career 6yrs 28 31 32 0 179 26 476.0 429 29 180 288 3.29 1.28 1.18 3.4 5.4 .275 n/a
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Negro Leagues Spotligh

Bill Byrd P/OF | 1933 - 1948 | CBB, CRS, CEG, WEG, BEG, PS
 8x All-Star   ERA Title 
Bill Byrd
WAR: 30.0
Better than 4.9% of HOFers
Black Ink: 45
Better than 76.5% of HOFers
Gray Ink: 289
Better than 89.3% of HOFers
HOF Monitor: 42.5
Better than 4.5% of HOFers
JAWS: 26.40
Better than 4.3% of HOFers at P

Among players who exclusively played in the Negro Leagues, Bill Byrd has the 2nd-highest Wins Above Replacement of anyone not yet inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was selected to the East-West All-Star Game in 5 different seasons. He was well known for employing the spitball pitch, and posted his most impressive statlines once he entered the 2nd half of his career, including a sub-2.00 ERA and league-leading 1.030 WHIP in his final major league season at age 40. He also generally provided positive value as a hitter, knocking in 16 home runs and 127 RBI over the course of his career.

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Jul 15

Negro Leagues Spotlight

Judy Johnson 3B/SS | 1923 - 1936 | HIL, HG, PC, NYC
 Hall of Fame   2x All-Star   1925 World Series 
Judy Johnson
WAR: 13.9
Better than 0.8% of HOFers
Black Ink: 10
Better than 27.2% of HOFers
Gray Ink: 151
Better than 44.4% of HOFers
HOF Monitor: 19.0
Better than 1.2% of HOFers
JAWS: 14.11
Better than 6.2% of HOFers at 3B

William Julius “Judy” Johnson was a key member of the Hilldale Club that made back-to-back World Series appearances, winning the 1925 edition. He was considered an all-around contributor at third base, making good defensive plays while still capable of being a .300 hitter. Johnson later scouted for several AL and NL teams, and was a member of the Hall of Fame’s first Negro Leagues committee, before he was inducted himself.

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Jul 9

We'll make this the page for the many interesting spotlights that Baseball-Reference is throwing on the Negro Leagues, none more interesting than this one.

Negro Leagues Spotlight

Effa Manley Exec | 1936 - 1948 | NE
 Hall of Fame (Pion/Exec)   1946 World Series 
Effa Manley
Seasons: 13
Career Record: 408-354-13
Postseason Record: 4-4
Postseason Appearances: 2

Effa Manley is to date the only woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She and her husband Abe co-owned the Newark Eagles, although Effa took on most of the day-to-day management such as contracts and organizing travel. The Manleys were rewarded on the field with a 1946 World Series victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Effa later was a pivotal figure in ensuring Negro League teams would be compensated for players signed to AL and NL squads.

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Alex Patton Alex
Jul 8

He was born in 1906. The dob in the db starts in 1921.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 8

Here is the beginning of Satchel's page.

Copying from Lynchmob under Mitchel Page...

It is the birthday of
baseball pitcher Leroy (Satchel)
, born in 1906 in Mobile, Alabama.
His only training for the sport as a child came after he was sentenced for
shoplifting, at age 12, to six years in the Alabama Reform School for Juvenile
Negro Law-Breakers. A coach at the school recognized Paige’s talent and worked
with him to hone his pitching. Paige later said, “I traded five years of
freedom to learn how to pitch … They were not wasted years …” After playing in
the Negro Leagues, he became the first Black pitcher in the American League at age
42, and he was 59 when he played his last major league game. No one has ever
broken that record.

He said,
“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.” He
also said: “Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man
got to be common.” Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 8