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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.

Four no-hitters on this date

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Two major league no-hitters and two Negro Leagues no-nos were thrown on this date.

On Friday, June 27, 1884, Larry Corcoran of the NL Chicago White Stockings threw his third no-no, dominating the Providence Grays for a 6-0 win at Lake Front Park.

Ninety-four years ago today, on Tuesday, June 27, 1922, the Detroit Stars’ Bill Force no-hit the St. Louis Giants for a 3-0 win. And 75 years ago today, on Friday, June 27, 1941, the St. Louis Stars’ Gene Smith no-hit the New York Black Yankees for a 6-1 win.

And on Friday, June 27, 1980, 36 years ago today, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss threw an 8-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

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)