1948 Satchel PSA Type I Original Photo – Measures Approx. 7-1/2" x 8-1/2" – Full PSA Type 1 LOA
This sensational PSA Type 1 photo of the immortal Satchel Paige pictures him in his Indians period style cap and jacket in the fall of 1948, directly after his rookie season ended with the Cleveland franchise. Leaning on a dugout rail, Satchel is portraying one of his classic stoic facial expressions during what appears to be a fall ball game. The approximate 7-1/2 x 8-1/2 black & white image depicts remarkable clarity and contrast with a November 2, 1948 stamped newspaper clipping on the verso reading as follows: Satchel Paiges ability to pitch the baseball almost to the spot he desires can be attributed to his large hands. Paiges Kansas City Nine meet the Oaks All-Stars here tonight. The borderless illustration reveals no glaring surface blemishes, and you can clearly see Paiges immense sized hands/fingers that the newspaper one-sentence article refers to. Hall of Famer Satchel Paige is the most celebrated Negro Leagues player in their illustrious history, even outdistancing the revered Josh Gibson in popularity.
Born Leroy Robert Page on July 7, 1906 (allegedly that is), Page changed the spelling of his name to Paige in the mid 1920s. His friends nicknamed him Satchel because in an early job whereby he was paid for each carried suitcase, he cleverly rigged a pole to carry additional suitcases at the Mobile train station. His four-decade professional pitching stint commenced in 1926 with the Chattanooga White Sox of the Negro Southern League and ended 40 years later with the Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League at the age of 60! After finally reaching the majors in 1948 with the Cleveland Indians, he became the oldest rookie ever at the age of 42.
After 6 seasons with the Indians and St. Louis Browns, he continued to barnstorm and pitch professionally until he was called up by the Kansas City As in 1965 at the incredible age of 59, pitching 3 scoreless innings in his final Major League appearance. His uncanny success was attributed to a vast assortment of pitches, tantalizing arm angles, and speeds. Regarding the latter, Joe DiMaggio was quoted as saying Paige was the fastest and best pitcher I ever faced, after hitting against him in a 1935 six-game tour that included one of baseballs premier hurlers, Dizzy Dean. For all these reasons, any of his rookie-year keepsakes are highly coveted, substantiating why this breathtaking 1948 Satchel Paige image merits serious attention from any distinguished photo enthusiast! ull PSA Type I LOA
MIN BID $300