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Holds St. Louis
In 2 Innings
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians, who signed Satchel Paige on Tuesday afternoon, chucked the Negro pitching ace into the game against the St. Louis Browns on Friday night.
Paige went into the game to start the fifth after Bob Lemon had given way for a pinch hitter in the home fourth.
The ex-Kansas City Monarchs hurler allowed two hits in two innings in which he allowed no runs and struck out one batter. He allowed no bases on balls.
Paige gave way to Larry Doby who pinch hit for him in the home sixth. Doby singled and batted in one run. Kennedy ran for Doby.
The Cleveland team, still leading the American League, lost 5-3, due to the three runs scored off Lemon in the opening inning and one in the second.
BY FAY YOUNG
The Cleveland Indians, of the American League, signed Leroy "Satchel" Paige, the elongated, much publicized right hand pitcher, of the Kansas City Monarchs, in Cleveland, on Tuesday, July 6.
The Negro baseball fans, who have been of the opinion that "Ol' man" Paige came along too soon for a chance in major league competition have another thought coming.
Satchel was born in Mobile 40 years ago according to his version of his age. Some believe him to be a little older. But older or not we do know Leroy carried a draft card in 1943. And he objects to being referred to as "Ol' man."
Still Has Plenty Stuff
Satchel Paige attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for a short time. There are a few of the oldtimers around that institution who remember the tall country boy as he ambled down Greenwood avenue towards the administration building. Paige hasn't shed that country walk today.
44 Strikes in 50 Throws
Brought to Cleveland for a tryout Tuesday, Paige took 50 throws from the mound to men like Lou Boudreau, the Cleveland manager and some of his regulars. Well, Paige slipped 44 strikes over the plate and convinced the Indians management that he still has "enough stuff" left to be of some value to the Cleveland team in the hectic pennant chase.
Owner Bill Veeck, always with a flair for the unusual, signed Paige for the balance of the season for an unquoted price. Paige said "They asked me what I wanted. I told them. They surprised me by making me a better offer."
Paige most likely will be used as a relief hurler.
The Indians tried out Henry Miller of the Philadelphia Stars and Pat Scantlebury, New York Cubans, both hulers on the week on June 23, but both showed signs of nervousness and they were sent back to the Negro National League and Cleveland scouts ordered to watch them in league games.
At the same time the Indians signed Fred Thomas, right handed outfielder of the Assumption College, Windsor, Canada, team who played one season with the Cincinnati Crescents. Thomas may be sent to one of the Indians' farm clubs.
Paige first came into prominence with his fast ball when he was playing with the Birmingham club in 1928. He was with the American Giants a short while and drifted east to join Gus Greenlee's Pittsburgh Crawfords and blossomed into fame as a battery mate of the late Josh Gibson.
Hurled for White Club
He went from the Crawfords to Newark and from Newark to pitch for a white club in Bismark, N.D. From there back to the Crawfords and into Mexico, Cuba and South America.
Returning, Paige signed up with the Kansas City Monarchs and went to live in Kansas City, MO., where he owns a home. He bought an aeroplane but after running into an electric storm entroute to a Nebraska town two years ago gave up flying.
Paige pitched in several East vs. West games winning for the East when he was with the Crawfords and winning for the West while with the Monarchs. However a few years ago, he ran afoul of the promoters by demanding more than the $100 they were then giving the ball players who participated. Paige said it was not a charity game as was the white All Star game but a strict promotion and he didn't intend to pitch. He carried his story to the newspapers. He offered to pitch and turn the 10 per cent of the net he asked for any worthwhile charity organization. He threatened to lead a "one-man strike" against the game.
Paige got nowhere. They didn't put him on the West squad and he didn't play, but he had the last laugh. The players on the East team threatened a strike and the result was that all players were boosted to $200 for that game.
Satchel in later years capitalized on his fame. Even in league games a percentage of the receipts were set aside for him - or he didn't pitch. Sometimes he was "loaned" to smaller clubs in various towns as a pitcher. Opposing him in many of these tilts was Dizzy Dean, the former St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs pitcher.
Beat Dean Here In '42
Dean and Paige hooked up on May 24, 1942 at the Cubs park. Paige came of the winner. Later when people said Paige couldn't hurl a full nine innings he did that in Chicago. When the Kansas City Monarchs were able to get Briggs Stadium in Detroit a few years ago, thus breaking the ice there for Negro teams, it was with the understanding that Paige would pitch the second game and it would be nine full innings.
Thi summer Paige has been helping out Richard Wilkinson, son of J.L. Wilkinson, founder of the Kansas City Monarchs. When the Elder Wilkinson sold his interest out to Tom Baird, who acted as Paige's manager, Paige went with Richard as a drawing card for Richard's Kansas City Stars.
Paige has control. For five innings, he is unbeatable. He ranks perhaps with but not better than the late Andrew "Rube" Foster, Dick Redding, Bill Gatewood, John Donaldson, Bullet Rogan, Joe Williams, Ed Rile, Walter Ball, Ted Trent and many others.
They came along 25 years too soon. Paige almost missed the boat but he "sure grabbed the gang plank" before it was hoisted up.
The Cleveland Indians signed Larry Dolby, outfielder from the Newark Eagles here in Chicago.