On This Day, July 9, 1948 – Satchel Paige Makes Debut with Cleveland Indians

1948_ 42-year-old Leroy “Satchel” Paige pitches two innings for the Cleveland Indians in his debut with the newly – and barely – integrated American League. The game came 21 years after the great pitcher’s first Negro League appearance. Leroy Page was born on July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama. Page’s family changed the spelling of their name to Paige to differentiate themselves from John Page, Leroy’s absent and abusive father. “Satchel” got his nickname as a boy while working as a luggage carrier at the Mobile train station. When he was 12, his constant truancy coupled with a shoplifting incident got him sent to the Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama. It turned out to be a lucky break, as it was there that Paige learned to pitch. After leaving the school, he turned pro. From 1927 to 1948 Satchel Paige was the baseball equivalent of a...

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Wisconsin Democratic Convention Straw Poll: Clinton 49%, Sanders 40%

by bobswern – I don’t want to make more out of this than it is, but to say it’s encouraging news for all of us Sanders’ fans is a fair observation… WisPolitics.com straw poll: WisDem conventioneers favor Clinton for president, Sanders close second Staff Wispolitics.com June 6th, 2015   5:33PM CDT Democratic Party of Wisconsin conventioneers backed Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination next year, while Bernie Sanders finished a strong second, according to a WisPolitics.com straw poll. Meanwhile, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma was favored in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary straw poll. Clinton drew support from 252 of the 511 delegates, alternates and registered guests who voted in the straw poll. Sanders was backed by 208, while Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley tied for a distant third with 16 votes each. Clinton was also the favorite of activists at last year’s convention, taking...

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