Michael Hogue’s Portraits of the Negro Leagues

SATCHEL PAIGE by Michael Hogue of The Dallas Morning News

The following text and preceding art by Michael Hogue of The Dallas Morning News is reproduced here in The Pecan Park Eagle by written permission from Michael Hogue. Thank you, Michael, for allowing TPPE to further share the beauty and joy of your work with those who care about the Negro Leagues and their place in baseball history. We shall continue to randomly show the work you have provided until we either run out of material – or you send us some more. We are in debt to you for this valuable contribution to our humble publishing efforts in behalf of baseball, Houston, Texas, music, and pop cultural history.

Did I leave anybody out? Probably. But here it is, anyway. Readers enjoy!

Satchel Paige By Michael Hogue. Reproduced by Written Permission from Michael Hogue of The Dallas Morning News.

“I sure get a laugh when I see in the papers where some major league pitcher says he gets a sore arm because he pitches every four days. Man, that’s be just a vacation for me.” – Satchel Paige, Hall of Fame, 1971.

SATCHEL PAIGE, Pitcher, Negro Leagues 1926-1947. Paige is the best known player to come out of the Negro Leagues. This tall, lanky right-hander employed masterful pitching skill with a colorful personality to achieve folk-hero status.

He was the consummate show man. He would sometimes pull in the outfielders to sit behind the mound while he struck out the side. He was advertised as guaranteed to strike out the first nine batters he faced in exhibition games and almost always fulfilled his billing. Paige frequently warmed up throwing 20 straight pitches across a chewing gum wrapper used as home plate.

It is estimated that Paige pitched 2,600 games, 300 shutouts and 55 no-hitters.

Some major leaguers, including Joe DiMaggio, called Paige the toughest pitcher they had ever faced.

Paige was offered a contract to play for the Indians and, at age 43, became the oldest rookie in major league history. He helped Cleveland to the 1948 World Series title. He appeared in the All Star Games of 1952 and 1953. Paige was thought to be 59 (his true age was never established) when he pitched three innings for the Kansas City A’s, becoming the oldest man to pitch in a major league game.

He became the first Negro Leagues star inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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