Canterbury Baseball Club
by Craig Murray 07 March 2008
Kris Batchelor 2,
Nick Dawson 1,
Leigh Ryman, 6,
josh Batchelor 3,
Nick Batcholer 8,
Kunio Kamiyo 5,
Craig Murray, 7,
Alex Dawson, 9,
Yuto Tsuchiya 4,
Bench: Carl McIlroy, Chris Moffit,Kyle Vermaak , Geoff Yardley
Remember - the first 9 to arrive start the following week, if you can't make a game please let Craig know 329 8511 or txt him on 0210702542
This weeks Negro league player is Satchel Paige Satchel Paige was the nearest thing to a legend that ever came out of the Negro Leagues. The tall, lanky right hander parlayed a pea-sized fastball, nimble wit, and a colorful personality into a household name that is recognized by people who know little about baseball itself, and even less about the players who performed in the Jim Crow era of organized baseball. His name has become synonymous with the barnstorming exhibitions played between traveling black teams and their white counterparts.
A mixture of fact and embellishment, Satchel's stories are legion. From this rich array of folklore come stories of his pulling outfielders to sit behind the mound while he proceeded to strike out the side with the tying run on base; stories of him intentionally walking the bases loaded so that he could pitch to Josh Gibson, the most dangerous hitter in black baseball; stories of him repeatedly striking out the first nine batters he faced in exhibition games; stories of him throwing twenty straight pitches across a chewing gum wrapper that was being used for home plate; stories of him throwing so hard that the ball disappeared before it reached the catcher's mitt. And the stories go on. They are endless. But the facts are also impressive. Casey Stengel manager for the Yankees with 10 pennants and 7 world series titles said of o'l Satch, if the yanks don't get ahead in the first six innings "the browns will bring in that damned old man and we're sunk. But Satch's nicest complement came from his old pal Dizzy Dean "Do you know who I'd pitch if I had to win this year if he had proper rest I'd pitch Paige. He's the best pitcher in the league.(1952) If I was managing his club.I'd have made him a startin' pitcher this year. He'd win fifteen games for you maybe twenty, just starting once a week. And think of the drawin' card you'd have with that guy a startin' pitcher
Satchel began his professional career in 1926 and soon thereafter established himself as a gate attraction and began playing the year around. His greatest popularity came when he joined the Pittsburgh Crawfords during the early 1930's and for whom he compiled marks of 32-7 and 31-4 in 1932-33. His stay there was interrupted with frequent salary disputes during which intervals Satch would barnstorm against all levels of competition.
Ultimately he jumped to the Dominican Republic, and then to Mexico, where he develped a sore arm in 1938. After signing with the Kansas City Monarchs, his arm "came back," and he also developed a curve and his famous hesitation pitch to add to his "bee-ball," "jump-ball," "trouble-ball," "long-ball" and the other pitches in his repertoire.
Satchel pitched the Monarchs to four consecutive Negro American League Pennants (1939-42), culminating in a clean sweep of the powerful Homestead Grays in the 1942 World Series, with Satchel himself winning three of the games. In 1946 he helped pitch the Monarchs to their fifth pennant during his tenure with the team. Satchel also pitched in five East-West Black All-Star games, being credited with two victories in the mid-season classic.
Bill Veeck finally brought him to the major leagues in 1948 as the oldest rookie ever to play major league baseball. He registered a 6-1 record with a 2.48 ERA to help pitch the Indians to the pennant and World Series victory that year. Veeck and Paige teamed up again, with the St. Louis Browns in 1951, where Satchel relaxed in his own personal rocking chair in the bullpen when not in action. Twelve years after making appearances in the All-Star games of 1952-53, Satch at the dubious age of 59, pitched three innings for the A's to become the oldest man to pitch in a major league game.
In 1971, on the proudest day of his life, Satchel was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first player elected from the Negro Leagues.
Years played: 1926-50
Positions played: pitcher
Teams: Birmingham Black Barons, Baltimore Black Sox, Cleveland Cubs, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Kansas City Monarchs, New York Black Yankees, Memphis Red Sox, Philadelphia Stars
Comparable Players: Bob Feller, Dizzy Dean
Editor: Melody Callahan