LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/WPGC) – Satchel Paige was the first player to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame based upon his play in the Negro Leagues.
He was also the Major League’s oldest rookie, when he started as a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns at the age of 42.
Paige, whose real name was Leroy Robert, became known as “Satchel” as a young boy because he worked carrying bags for passengers at railroad stations.
Former Redskin LaVar Arrington now with sister station 106.7 The Fan says Paige was a trailblazer who endured a lot to make history.
“There is a group of black baseball players that you can reference their names, and you feel a real strong sense of pride,” Arrington says.
Paige played his last major league game at age 59. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.
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99.1 WNEW’s Cheryl Simone contributed to this report