Negro Leagues Baseball, Kansas City Monarchs, Baseball Hall of Fame
In his lifetime, Leroy “Satchel” Paige was noted for his accomplishments as a player in the Negro Leagues. But with a career that spanned 40 years, numerous teams, and eventually the Major Leagues, Satchel Paige was much more than a great Negro Leagues player. Paige’s peerless pitching earned him the distinction of being the first black player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. His eccentric taste for showmanship led later in life to a cameo in a movie, a campaign for Jackson County Sherriff, and a longstanding legacy as one of the best-loved players of the game. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.