Aug 06, 1952: Dual of the century
Submitted by BTGrimes on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am
A "Paige" From the Archives
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - Satchel Paige got a rare start on this date in 1952, and ended up in one of the greatest pitching duels of all-time. Despite the consensus among players, black and white, who played with and against him that he was the greatest pitcher of his day, Paige, who was Black, didn't make the majors until after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.
Paige had been playing professional baseball in the Negro Leagues since the mid-1920's. He was finally invited to play for the Cleveland Indians in 1948 at the age of 41. Hence, Paige pitched mostly relief.
But on August 6, 1952 he got the start for the St. Louis Browns (today's Baltimore Orioles) against Detroit Tiger right-hander Virgil Trucks. They were two cagey veterans; though Paige had 10 years on Trucks. Virgil was 35. Satchel was 45. They matched each other pitch for pitch, inning for inning. Trucks pitched 11 scoreless innings. Paige pitched 12 and won 1-0.
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