Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Satchel Paige counted Santa Clara among his many teams

June 8: On this day in 1982, Negro leagues legend and Hall of Famer Satchel Paige died in Kansas City, Mo.

Paige, who played in the Negro leagues from 1926-50 and played six major-league seasons with the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics between 1941-58, played just one seasons in the Cuban League.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Paige (shown in this photo that drew a winning bid of  $925.77 at Lelands in December 2004) went 6-5 for the 1929-30 Santa Clara Leopardos, which finished second, six 6 1/2 games behind Cienfuegos for the Cuban League pennant.

Paige was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1971 by a vote of the Negro Leagues Committee.

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