February 16, 2011
Satchel Paige – Kansas City Monarchs
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.
Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.
Avoid fried foods which anger the blood.
If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cooling thoughts.
Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society — the social ramble ain’t restful,
“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
“Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money.”
“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
“Mother always told me, if you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don’t sound good to you, it won’t sound good to no one else.”
“Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world.
The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money.”
Satchel Paige from Kansas City Monarch’s and beyond
Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was born on July 7, 1906. He earned his nickname, Satchel, when he was a young boy carrying bags (and satchels) at railroad stations for passengers. Initially barred from the major leagues because he was African American, Paige played in what was referred to as “the Negro Leagues.” Paige’s pitching took the Kansas City Monarchs to five Negro American League pennants. He also showcased his skills by barnstorming across the country.
In barnstorming, a player traveled across the country and pitched for any team willing to meet his price. (Teams also barnstormed around the U.S. and played against local teams.) Paige sometimes traveled as many as 30,000 miles a year and in one streak pitched twenty-nine days in a row! He played in exhibition games against the best players of the day, black or white. Huge crowds came to watch him.
“I liked playing against Negro League teams,” Paige was quoted as saying, “but I loved barnstorming. It gave us a chance to play everybody and go everywhere . . .”
Owner of the Kansas City Monarchs, J. L. Wilkinson created a barnstorming attraction around the famous pitcher known as “Satchel Paige’s All-Stars.” Playing games throughout the Midwest, this Monarchs farm team promised fans a chance to watch Paige on the mound for several innings per game.
By 1941, a rejuvenated Paige was called up to be a regular pitcher for the Monarchs, and he led them to a Negro Leagues World Series championship in 1942, supplying three of their four victories over the Homestead Grays. Among Paige’s teammates that year were baseball legends Buck O’Neil, who played first base, and pitcher Hilton Smith.
Like fellow Monarchs alum Jackie Robinson, Paige was a pioneer in breaking the color barrier in the major leagues, winning rookie of the year honors with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 at the age of 42. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first Negro Leagues player to receive that honor, and became a beloved and entertaining ambassador for the sport of baseball.
Satchel Paige lived with his wife and children in Kansas City, Missouri, for more than 30 years and died here in 1982. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. Three days before his death, the city honored him with the dedication of Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium at 51st and Swope Parkway.
Paige finally got his chance to play in the major leagues as a Cleveland Indian in 1948. That was one year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball and went to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
A Satchel Paige Time-line
1924 — joined the semi-pro Mobile Tigers.
1926 (May 1) — made professional pitching debut with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League.
1928 — purchased by the Birmingham Black Barons, paid Page a phenomenal $275.00 a month.
1932 — jumped from the Black Barons to the Black Sox of Baltimore to the Nashville Elite Giants and finally the Cleveland Cubs, before settling with the Crawfords of Pittsburgh
1935 — teamed with four other future Hall of Famers: Charleston, Bell, Johnson, and Gibson to win the Crawfords a league championship.
1937 — enticed by Dominican Republic dictator, Rafael Trujillo, along with other prominent stars of the Negro Leagues, to stock his politically motivated team.
1942 — became the ace of the Kansas City Monarchs pitching staff, led them to the Negro World Series, swept Homestead Gray, in which Page won three of the four contests
1946 — led Monarchs again to the Negro World Series
1948 — signed with Bill Veeck, owner of the Cleveland Indians on his 42nd birthday. A record crowd of 78,383 for a night game watched Paige make his first major league appearance. In his first starting role, he drew 72,434 fans in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. As the oldest rookie in baseball, he won six times against one loss, helping the Indians to a pennant and a world series appearance against the Boston Braves.
1951 — signed by the lowly St. Louis Browns in 1951, he promptly signed old Satchel again. Incredibly, the following year,
1952 — enjoyed one of his finest major league seasons at the age of 46 with the St. Louis Browns. Won twelve games and was selected to the All-Star team, achieving another honor as baseball’s oldest selection.
1953-1956 — with the Miami Marlins, over 50 years old, only walked 54 batters in 340 innings
1965 — appeared for three innings with Kansas City Athletics. when his two-month contract for $4,000 expired, the 59 year old legend retired from baseball.
1967 — pitched his last game for the Indianapolis Clowns
1971 (August 9) — became the first player from the Negro Leagues elected to Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame. When he accepted his award, he told the admirers that in the Negro Leagues, “there were many Satchels and many Joshes.”
1982 ( Jume 5) — made his last public appearance, suffering from the lingering illness of emphysema. Speaking from a wheelchair, he graciously received recognition at the dedication of a $250,000 renovated park, to be called the Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium, in Kansas City, Missouri
1982 (June 8)– died in Kansas City, Missouri
1991 (October) — honored with the dedication of a new magnet school called the Leroy “Satchel” Paige Classical Greek Academy, which promotes the Greek philosophy of “body and spirit,” symbolizing Paige as one of the most physically talented and spirited bodies to play the sport.
By his own count, Paige threw 55 no-hitters and won over 2,000 of the 2,500 games he pitched.
February 16, 2011
Satchel Paige Stadium
Address 51st Street and Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64129
Phone — 816-513-7500
The Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium is named in honor of the legendary baseball pitcher for the Kansas City A’s. There are a couple of small exhibits that tell about his records and contributions to the sport.
July 16, 2008
John “Buck” O’Neil born in Carabelle, Florida, was manager and first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1938-1955. In 1942, his team won the Negro League World Series, O’Neil was hired by the Chicago Cubs in 1956 and in 1962 was named the first black coach in the major leagues. He helped renew interest in the Negro Leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. O’Neil died at the age of 94 on October 6, 2006. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
July 16, 2008
Leroy RObert “Satchel” Paige is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He lead the Kansas City Monarchs to the Negro League World Series in 1942 and 1946. At the age of 42, he became the first black pitcher in the American League when he signed with the Cleveland Indians. He took the mound for the last time in 1965 at the age of 59, throwing three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics. He died on June 8, 1982, three days after attending the dedication of Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium in Kansas City.
July 1, 2008
Tom Bass loved horses and created the first Kansas City horse show despite the obstacles that he face during his life. Tom Bass was born into slavery in Mexico, Missouri in 1859. He became one of the world’s greatest saddlebred horse trainers, showing horses to the likes of President Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill COdy. Bass invented the “Bass bit,” which is still standard equipment at many stables today. He is also credited with starting Kansas City’s first horse show — today known as the American Royal. Learn more about his life at the American Royal Museum and Visitors Center.
February 4, 2008
Black Sunday is the name given for a thrillride, funseekers time in St. Louis sponsored by the United Black Drag Racers Association.
Black Sunday 2008 will be held September 12, 13 & 14 at the Gateway International Raceway, Madison, IL.
Officially established in 1994, today, the U.B.D.R.A. has grown into a nationally recognized organization and has established itself as one of the premier African American organizations in the world of motor sports. Its success has led to the establishment of one U.B.D.R.A. chapter in Wisconsin and encouraged numerous others to form organizations in various areas throughout the country, thus increasing the interest for organizations such as the U.B.D.R.A. across the United States.
Today the United Black Drag Racers Association is a 501c3 organization that has donated well over $150,000 to national, regional and local charitable organizations. In addition to monetary donations, the organization often participates in community parades, car shows, and a host of other civic events.
Dedicated to its mission to preserve and promote the sport of drag racing in a positive manner for the membership and the community, the organization hosts annual car shows, school show-and-tell programs, the Annual Awards Banquet and of course, Black Sunday. Past recipients include Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, American Heart Association, United Negro College Fund, Children’s Miracle Network, Educare Learning Center, and many other Metro area charities.
Increasing at an extraordinary rate each year, the popularity of Black Sunday has grown so much that the event is currently being held at three different venues across the country – St. Louis, MO, Byron, IL and Indianapolis, IN with more opportunities being presented each year.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:DARRELL WILLIAMS
JAMES “WOLF” WILFORD