Another superstar pitcher never made it to the major leagues until he was 42, the oldest player to make his major league debut. Like Young, Satchel Paige (1906-1982) played for the Indians; he helped the team win the pennant in1948, the same year his contract was sold to the Indians and a year after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's "color barrier" when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Paige was another "cy," as in cyclone, as he was reputed to have been the Negro Leagues' hardest thrower. Without a doubt, he was the Leagues' most colorful character - a great storyteller who threw pitches such as the "bat dodger" and the "hesitation." You can read more about Paige in Today in History, the Web site with historical information about every day of the year. Paige was born on July
The Library's Web site called American Memory www.loc.gov is rich with baseball history. For example, "By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights" recounts Robinson's story in a Special
Presentation. The Negro Leagues are featured in this presentation as well.
Early depictions of baseball's greats are in "Baseball Cards, 1887-1914." "Early Baseball Pictures" and the recently available "Spalding Base Ball Guides" are other American Memory presentations worth exploring. The panoramic photograph above of the Cleveland Indians is from "Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991," which has many baseball-related images.
A. [Cy Young, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, throwing baseball], 1908. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZ62-77897 DLC (b&w film copy neg.); Call No.: Item in LOT 11147-1 <P&P>