Jackie Robinson Interviews Satchel Paige in 1960 on His Career


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After Jackie Robinson's playing career ended, he hosted a syndicated radio show called Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots. In 1960 Jackie Robinson spoke with Satchel Paige about Paige's career in both the Negro and Major Leagues. Because Satchel Paige spent the majority of his career pitching for the Negro League due an unwritten rule barring any dark-skinned African-American or Latin players from the Major Leagues until 1947, much of his pitching records are spotty at best. We're left with stories and accounts from teammates, opponents, and fans. By the time Paige made his Major League debut for the Cleveland Indians in 1948 he was already forty-one years old. That year, he helped the Indians win the World Series. Paige would spend parts of six seasons pitching in the Major Leagues, including coming out of retirement to throw three innings for the Kansas City Athletics (now Oakland Athletics) in 1965, at the age of 58. Satchel Paige was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 and passed away on June 8, 1982. Hear more from both Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige in Breaking Walls Episode 78: Our Game—Baseball Memories from throughout Radio History, which will be available beginning Sunday, April 1st, 2018. Listen, download, and subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or through http://thewallbreakers.com

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