On this day in 1906, baseball legend Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born. Although there are some questions on when his birthday is due in part to Paige often changing and misrepresenting it to fit what he needed, Paige and Bill Veeck confirmed that July 7, 1906 was the official date.
Paige began playing in the Negro Leagues in 1926. His career on the field would still see him playing a major league game in 1965 for the Kansas City Athletics. Paige was the quintessential entertainer on the mound and the stories of his on and off field antics are legendary.
You can find his 1953 Topps Rookie Card for as low as $100 in poor condition. It’s a wonderful addition to any collection and it won’t set you back as much as other vintage legends.