Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige
November 1933: Leroy “Satchel” Paige prepares to pitch during photo session with Los Angeles Times photographer.
This photo accompanied a Nov. 12, 1933, Los Angeles Times story by writer Bob Ray promoting an exhibition baseball game:
The occasion is a double-header between the Royal Giants, Satchel’s team, and Joe Pirrone’s All Stars, an aggregation composed of major and minor league players. Paige hooks up with Larry French, Pittsburgh Pirate southpaw, in the opening of the twin bill and a rare hurling duel is expected. In the second game, “The Great” Newsom, ace of the 1933 (Los Angeles) Angels, goes to the mound for the All-Stars against “Cannonball” Willis.
However, this yarn is about Paige, the lanky fire-gallery, whose spectacular pitching has made him the toast of Central Avenue.
To begin with, Satchel admits that he’s 26 years of age, and can’t deny that he’s six feet, three and one-half inches tall, weighs 181 and built on the same general lines of a telephone pole without the crossbars on top….
“Maybe Lefty Grove has a faster ball than Satchel,” said one of the boys who’d just fanned for the fourth time, “but I’ll never believe it.”
The Nov. 13, 1933, Los Angeles Times reported that Paige’s team won 5-0. Paige limited Joe Pirrone’s All-Stars to three singles while striking out 14.
In July 1948, the 42-year old Paige joined the Cleveland Indians, becoming the seventh African American in Major League Baseball.
These two photos were probably taken at Thomas Jefferson High School. A sharp-eyed researcher at UCLA noticed the sign to the left of Paige in the above photo stating, “New, Clean ‘Grade-Marked’ Lumber, $18.00 per 1000 ft., Owens-Parks Lumber Co., 2100 E. 38th St., 5 blocks East.” The address is five blocks east of Jefferson High School.
November 1933: Leroy “Satchel” Paige poses for a portrait by Los Angeles Times photographer.
October 27, 2013, 9:47 pm
This photo was likely taken at Pirrone Park or White Sox Park on E. 38th and Compton Ave., not Jefferson High School as stated in the notes above. Ross Snyder Recreation Center was built right next to where White Sox Park was located.
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