Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today's African American fact from baseball's "Golden Era"

On August 20, 1948 before a crowd of 78,382 at Municipal Stadium, their home field, the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1 – 0.  The Indian pitcher who shut the White Sox out that night was former Negro Leaguer Leroy “Satchel” Paige.   After being the most recognized hurler in Negro League baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, Paige had signed with the Indians earlier that summer.
He held the White Sox to only three hits that 1948 August night, two singles and one double.  Paige struck out five and walked only one.  Former Negro Leaguer Larry Doby, the Indians’ centerfielder, knocked in the only run Paige needed in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single.  “Satchel” and Doby were the only African American players in the American League at that time. 
It was Paige’s second shutout of the White Sox that month.  On August 12 he beat them 5 – 0 before 51,013 in attendance at Chicago’s Comisky Park.  In each of his seven games as the Indian starting pitcher that year, Paige drew record crowds.
He finished the season with a 6 – 1 record pitching three complete games.  The Indians won the American League pennant and went on to be the 1948 World Series champions.

How many innings did “Satchel” Paige pitch in the 1948 World Series?

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