Watch Satchel Paige pitch in color in this recently released footage
You know his legacy.
Satchel Paige racked up more than 250 wins in a career that began in the Negro Leagues in 1929 and ended with the A’s in 1965 -- at the tender age of 59. Joe DiMaggio called him the best pitcher he'd ever faced. Slugger Hack Wilson said his ball looked like a marble when it crossed the plate. Teammate Cool Papa Bell said Paige "made a living by throwing the ball to a spot over the plate the size of a matchbook."
And now, you can watch the Hall of Famer pitch in color.
This rare video, which was recently made public by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, shows Paige pitching during an exhibition game in Nov. of 1948. It was shortly after Paige's rookie season with the Indians, a year in which he went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA and helped the Tribe win the World Series. Paige was 42 years old.
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