The Ageless One
August 3, 1948 -- Former Negro Leagues star Satchel Paige succeeded in his first start in the American League. Before 72,434 fans - the largest crowd to attend a night game in Cleveland - the lanky Indians righthander defeated the Washington Senators, 5-3.
Paige started off uncommonly wild. Not having walked anybody unintentionally in his 18 innings as a reliever, he walked two Senators in the first before giving up a two-run triple. But then he settled down, allowing just one more run to gain his second victory in three decisions.
The 42-year-old rookie scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out six in seven innings. When asked if he was ready to go every four days, Ol' Satch replied, "I used to start every second day and then do relief in between. Why that every four days would be a vacation."
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