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Happy 111th birthday, Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige
(Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Today would be the 111th birthday of pitching great Satchel Paige.

Paige, born July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama, estimated he threw 55 no-hitters over his long, storied career that included stints with numerous teams. When Paige wasn’t pitching in league games, he was barnstorming across the country competing against anyone who would take the ball field against his All-Stars.

But just two of Paige’s no-nos against professional-level teams are documented in
the most well-researched list, put together by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Negro League Committee and Noir Tech Research:

1 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
2 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Wednesday, July 4, 1934
Pittsburgh Crawfords 4, Homestead Grays 0
(Paige struck out 17 batters)

Paige was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 as the first player voted in by the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues.

Happy 110th birthday, Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige
(Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Today would be the 110th birthday of pitching great Satchel Paige.

Paige, born July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama, estimated he threw 55 no-hitters over his long, storied career that included stints with numerous teams. When Paige wasn’t pitching in league games, he was barnstorming across the country competing against anyone who would take the ball field against his All-Stars.

But just two of Paige’s no-nos against professional-level teams are documented in
the most well-researched list, put together by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Negro League Committee and Noir Tech Research:

1 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
2 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Wednesday, July 4, 1934
Pittsburgh Crawfords 4, Homestead Grays 0
(Paige struck out 17 batters)

Paige was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 as the first player voted in by the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues.

Righetti, Paige, Mullin and Wiltse threw July 4 no-nos

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Happy Fourth of July, and on this day we recognize the only four pitchers to throw Independence Day no-nos: The New York Yankees’ Dave Righetti, the Pittsburgh Crawfords’ Satchell Paige, the Detroit Tigers’ George Mullin and the New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse.

On Monday, July 4, 1983, in front of more than 41,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Righetti no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 4-0 win. Righetti struck out nine and walked four in the game, catching the pesky Wade Boggs lunging for a breaking ball to complete the no-no.

You have to go back another 49 years for the next July 4 no-no, and it was thrown in a Negro Leagues match-up between Paige’s Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays. Paige struck out 17 batters in the game for the second of his two documented no-hitters (he likely threw many more).

The next Fourth of July no-no was thrown on July 4, 1912, during the second game of a Thursday doubleheader, Mullin no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 7-0 win at Navin Field. Mullin was also born on the Fourth of July back in 1880.

The third July 4 no-no was nearly a perfect game. On July 4, 1908, during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Wiltse was perfect before hitting the Philadelphia Phillies’ George McQuillen with a pitch. Wiltse finished with a 10-inning 1-0 no-hitter.

Satchel Paige voted in the Hall, 45 years ago today

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige became the first Negro Leagues star voted into the Hall of Fame, 45 years ago today.

Paige was the first player to be selected by a 10-person committee honoring the contributions of the Negro Leagues to baseball’s history.

Paige may have thrown dozens of no-hitters in barnstorming, semipro and minor league games. But the Negro Leagues no-hitters list compiled by SABR and Noir Tech Research has two entries for Paige:

1 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
2 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Wednesday, July 4, 1934
Pittsburgh Crawfords 4, Homestead Grays 0
(Paige struck out 17 batters)