Career: 24 seasons (1926-53, 1965)
Teams: Chattanooga Black Lookouts (1926), Birmingham Black Barons (1927-30), Baltimore Black Sox (1930), Cleveland Cubs (1931), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932-34, 1936), Kansas City Monarchs (1935, 1939-47), New York Black Yankees (1941), Memphis Red Sox (1943), Philadelphia Stars (1946, 1950), Cleveland Indians (1948-49), St. Louis Browns (1951-53), Kansas City Athletics (1965)
Key stats: Two-time MLB All-Star (1952, 1953). Five-time Negro League All-Star (1934, 1936, 1941-43). Negro League World Series champion (1942).
World Series titles: 1 (1948)
Bottom line: One of the greatest legends in baseball is the story of the Leroy "Satchel" Paige, who learned to pitch while incarcerated from ages 12 to 17 in the Alabama Reform School for Juvenile Negro Lawbreakers.
He became a star in the Negro Leagues over several decades before he signed his first major league contract with the Cleveland Indians at 42 years old, but his stats don’t tell the whole story.
Paige would have dominated in any era — a lanky, solid 6-foot-3 with an unhittable fastball and magnetic personality that filled up stadiums.