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Satch vs. the Yankee Clipper

Jan 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

Not that you need any other reasons to hate the fact that baseball was segregated for so long, but this one will make you fall into a debilitating “what if?” spiral:

Joe
DiMaggio was a prospect, a promising one for sure, but he still was two
months shy of making his New York Yankees spring-training debut. Leroy
“Satchel” Paige was a Negro Leagues pitching sensation whose exploits
seemed the stuff of myth until they actually were seen.

On a
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, 1936, at the Oaks Ball Park in Emeryville,
the two future Hall of Famers crossed paths in a fascinating but seldom
told chapter of their legendary careers.

Click through to Jeff Faraudo’s great story to see what happened. It’s enough to make you wonder what Paige in a Giants or Cubs jersey in the 30s and 40s would have been like.

Stupid history.

  1. The Rabbit - Jan 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Thanks for the link! Great story. And yeah…stupid history.

  2. Stone - Jan 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Great story, no doubt. Runs like some kind of scene from The Natural…old legend meets new legend on the playground. Too bad about all the racist baseball owners.

  3. Walter Bishop - Jan 26, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    while there are reasons to take each on both sides, I’d take the Yankee Clipper just because Joe is a fielder, hits with authority to any field, can run, hits the long ball and lastly, His Presence on the field could even make the legendary Satchel Paige, probably one of the 10 best pitchers ever to walk onto a MLB pitchers mound, sorry he showed up to play against him. And, this is evident, with Joe D’s 56 game hitting streak (without Steroids). Check out this page I found a both these two legends and their first meeting on a MLB field!
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/sports/ci_14267019

  4. CHA CHA - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    DISAGREE…SATCH WOULD BE MY CHOICE,LIKELY A “TOP 5″ ALLTIME PITCHER (NOT 10), A 100% CLASS ACT THAT COULD GO PITCH 9-15 INNINGS GAMES N WIN W/HIS PRESENCE IF NOT HIS ARM N BAT N N NOT HAVE SUCH A “JOLTIN JOE BIG HEAD/EGO” A NICE GUY W/A TEMPER 2WHEN HE RETIRED IE. WHEN HE WAS A GUEST @ SPORTS VENUES, HE ALWAYS WANTED/DEMANDED IN HIS APPEARANCE CONTRACTS 2 B INTRODUCED AS “JOE DI THE “GREATEST” BALL PLAYER IN THE GAME (I ASSUMED HE MEANT THEN N NOW ERA’S)ASIDE FROM TAKING A DOZEN ROSES EVERY YEAR TO HIS X-WIFE’S MARILYN MOMROE’S GRAVESIDE!
    ALSO, IT WASNT JUST THE OWNERS THAT WERE PREJUDICE/RACISTS BUT SEVERAL OF THE “WHITE PLAYERS” 2…IE SEE HOW THEY TREATED JACKIE ROBINSON DURING HIS FIRST FEW YEARS IN THE BIGS VS THE WHITE PLAYERS/FRATERNITY! THE NUMBERS/TIDE IS TURNING AGAIN (IN REVERSE) AS THE #/% OF MLB BLACK PLAYERS IS @ ONE OF THE “LOWEST-POINTS” IN THE MODERN ERA GAME @ ONLY 12-15% OF TOTAL ETHNIC BREAKDOWN, WHY IS THIS..MAYB BLAME THE OWNERS N BUD “IDIOT” SELIG/COMMISIONERS, PLAYERS/UNION, SCOUTS, MGRS, AGENTS, WRITERS N/OR FATE!?! WHY IS WHITE PLAYERS LIKE “BIG/LIER MAC” LET BACK/WELCOMED BACK MLB (BY BUD “IDIOT” SELIG”, OWNERS, FANS) BUT BLACK PLAYER BARRY BONDS ISN’T N CONTINUES 2B CHASTISED N SCRUTINIZED FOR THE SAME STERIOD USE/OFFENSE? ALSO, WHY IS THE “WAIT-TIME/LINE” SO MUCH LONGER FOR THE BLACK PLAYERS TO ENTER/VOTED INTO THE COVETED “HALL IF FAME” SHRINE???

  5. Skulker7 - Jan 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    The way dad, who played in that game, told it was that the Yankee scouts called NY with the report that DiMaggio managed a foul ball off Paige and thus their perspective was he would make a great player… Dad said that you didn’t see Paige’s fastball – you felt it go by… Paige may have been the greatest pitcher in baseball history.

  6. Skulker7 - Jan 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    The way my dad told it (he played in the game) was that the Yankee scouts called NY with the news that DiMaggio was able to get a foul ball off Paige and it was their perspective that DiMaggio would make a great player… Dad said that you couldn’t see Paige’s fastball – you just felt it go by… Paige likely was the best pitcher in the history of baseball…

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