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Satchel Paige
Nobody knows exactly when Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was born, but he began playing professional baseball in 1926 and became one of the game's greatest pitchers. The biggest crowd drawing card of the Negro Leagues, Paige propelled the Pittsburgh Crawfords to the top the early 1930s, and then did the same for the Kansas City Monarchs during their four-year reign of Negro American League pennants from 1939 to 1942. Paige is known as the oldest "rookie" to play Major League Baseball when he won 6 games (losing just one) for the 1948 Indians down the stretch of their 1948 run to the World Series championship (Paige was at least 42 years old, and probably older). Paige was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971--the first electee from the Negro League Committee.

Atlanta Black Crackers Charlie Neal

Baltimore Elite Giants Joe Black, Roy Campanella, Jim (Junior) Gilliam, Dave Hoskins

Birmingham Black Barons Bill Freason, Jehosie Heard, Willie Mays, Artie Wilson

Chicago American Giants Jim Pendleton, Joe Taylor

Cleveland Buckeyes Sam Jones, Sam Jethroe, Al Smith, Quincy Trouppe

Homestead Grays Luke Easter, Luis Marquez, Bob Trice

Indianapolis Clowns Henry Aaron, Paul Casanova, Sam Hairston, Larry Raines, George Smith, John Wyatt

Kansas City Monarchs George Altman, Gene Baker, Ernie Banks, Frank Barnes, Ike Brown, Willard Brown, J.C. Hartman, Pancho Herrera, Elston Howard, Connie Johnson, Lou Johnson, Hank Mason, Satchel Paige, Curt Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Hank Thompson, Bob Thurman

Memphis Red Sox Dan Bankhead, Bob Boyd, Vibert Clark

Newark Eagles Larry Dolby, Monte Irvin, Don Newcombe

New York Black Yankees George Crowe

New York Cubans Edmundo (Sandy) Amoros, Orestes (Minnie) Minoso, Ray Noble, Hector Rodriguez, Jose Santiago, Pat Scantlebury

Philadelphia Stars James Clarkson, Charles Peete, Henry (Suitcase) Simpson

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* Source: The Negro Baseball Leagues by Phil Dixon

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