17 February 2009

the curious case of satchel paige

i saw the benjamin button movie last week. not too bad, although a tad long for my tastes. i was thinking about age a lot afterwards, which brought me to good ol' satchel paige.

estimated to have been born in 1906, satchel was 42 years young in 1948 when he debuted in the major leagues. as a "rookie", he went 6-1 for the indians with a 2.48 era. he joined the browns after being released by the indians and spending a year barnstorming, and promptly won 12 games for them in 1952. paige was released by the browns after the 1953 season, when he was around 47 years old.

in 1965, charlie finley signed the approximately 59 year old paige to a one-game contract. paige started against the red sox and pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit (to carl yastrzemski).

after considering age and the career of mr. paige, i think i will 'jangle' more often.

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