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Satchel Paige

Baseball pitcher and Mobile native Leroy "Satchel" Paige (ca. 1906-1982) was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball. He played for several years for the Birmingham Black Barons and for semi-pro teams in Mobile before entering the major leagues at the age of 42. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.
Birmingham Public Library Archives, courtesy of Faye Davis