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Satchel Paige was born Leroy Robert Page circa July 7 1906 in Mobile Alabama He was the seventh of 12 children born to father John a gardener and mother Lula a washerwoman It was Lula who added the I to their surname not long before Paige was to start his illustrious career he maintained that she changed it to sound high-tone Before Satchel Paige started his baseball career in the Negro league he carried luggage for businessmen at the train station but he was frustrated with the little money he was being paid Then one day he decided to rig a pole to carry several more bags to improve his pay in fact one of his co-workers possibly gave him his nickname you look like a walking satchel tree hence his nickname Satchel Paige but Paige wasnt always living a honest life when he was twelve years old he an incident with the law through petty theft and truancy This put him in a reform school at the age twelve but this may have been just what Satchel Paige needed to begin his career he grew to be 64 with big hands and feet and his Baseball talents would be noticed by Coach Edward Byrd he figured that he could develop him into an even better Baseball player Byrd taught Paige to pull back then kick his foot high in the air and as he came down bring his arm from way behind and thrust his hand forward as he released the ball giving it maximum power as it hurtled forward Paige later said you might say I traded five years of freedom to learn how to pitch Paige was released from the reform school in December 1923 six months early After his release Paige played for several Mobile semi-pro teams He joined the semi-pro Mobile Tigers where his brother Wilson was already pitching He was later signed to the Birmingham Black Barons when
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