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World Heavyweight champion Joe Louis meets future Hall of Famer Satchel Paige

Champ Joe Louis met Satchel Paige in 1948

The Yankees won the World Series in 1947 ... and in every year from 1949-53. Their only misstep came in 1948,when the Indians took home the big prize, but that didn't mean that the "House That Ruth Built" was devoid of champions that season. On June 28, 1948, Joe Louis successfully defended his World Heavyweight title against Jersey Joe Walcott at Yankee Stadium in front of 42,000 people.

Two months later -- as seen in the above image -- Louis met fellow American icon Satchel Paige, who had recently signed his first MLB contract with the Indians. The photo was taken in Chicago, right before Paige tossed a five-hit shutout against the White Sox.

Louis and Paige had a lot in common: Both hailed from Alabama, were once-in-a-generation talents, dominated their respective sports for an impressively long period of time and eventually earned induction into their respective Halls of Fame.

Louis held his title for an amazing 140 consecutive months and successfully defended it an incredible and unprecedented 25 times. He boxed his last match at age 37.

Paige -- widely considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time -- dominated the Negro Leagues for a career's worth of seasons, then inked his deal with the Indians at age 41. He pitched his last MLB game in 1965 when he was 58 years old.

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