American baseball pitcher Satchel Paige became the first player from the racially segregated Negro Leagues to be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on this day in 1971. Considered by many Baseball Enthusiasts to be the greatest pitcher in the history of the sport, Paige played in the Negro Leagues for more than two decades before finishing his career in Major League Baseball after the organization became racially integrated. In 1948, Paige became the first African-American player to pitch in the World Series. A professional pitcher for 24 seasons over the course of nearly four decades, Paige’s durability as an athlete is unmatched.
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