Portrait of Satchel Paige

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Career Summary
6 476 28 31 32 288 3.29
Birth Date7-7-1906
Height6' 3"
Weight180 lbs
WARP Summary


1948 CLE 41 21 7 72.7 0.0 0.0 6 1 1 0 0 0 295 61 21 20 2 0 22 22 1 43 2.48 2.87 0.00 0.0 0.0
1949 CLE 42 31 5 83.0 0.0 0.0 4 7 5 0 0 0 348 70 29 28 4 0 33 33 1 54 3.04 3.05 0.00 0.0 0.0
1951 SLA 44 23 3 62.0 9.7 25.7 3 4 5 2 0 1 154 67 39 33 6 47 29 29 1 48 4.79 3.74 4.38 4.1 0.3
1952 SLA 45 46 6 138.0 26.0 76.7 12 10 10 6 5 0 446 116 51 47 5 125 57 57 3 91 3.07 2.82 3.69 13.8 1.5
1953 SLA 46 57 4 117.3 24.3 88.7 3 9 11 5 3 0 470 114 51 46 12 174 39 39 1 51 3.53 4.05 4.60 3.9 0.2
1965 KC1 58 1 1 3.0 3.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.73 2.79 0.6 0.1


'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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1948 CLE MLB 21 7 72.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 CLE MLB 31 5 83.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .258 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1951 SLA MLB 23 3 62.0 4.38 111 .245 .266 .346 .393 .276 .278 106 4.9 0.5 4.1 0.3
1952 SLA MLB 46 6 138.0 3.69 111 .265 .254 .327 .366 .272 .267 99 13.7 1.5 13.8 1.5
1953 SLA MLB 57 4 117.3 4.60 99 .253 .261 .331 .378 .263 .262 102 8.0 0.8 3.9 0.2
1965 KC1 MLB 1 1 3.0 2.79 131 .173 .235 .304 .381 .248 .111 102 0.7 0.1 0.6 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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1948 CLE MLB 6 1 1 21 7 72.7 61 22 43 2 0% .260 7.6 2.7 0.2 5.3 1.14 2.48 0.0 0.0
1949 CLE MLB 4 7 5 31 5 83.0 70 33 54 4 0% .258 7.6 3.6 0.4 5.9 1.24 3.04 0.0 0.0
1951 SLA MLB 3 4 5 23 3 62.0 67 29 48 6 51% .278 9.7 4.2 0.9 7.0 1.55 4.79 4.1 0.3
1952 SLA MLB 12 10 10 46 6 138.0 116 57 91 5 43% .267 7.6 3.7 0.3 5.9 1.25 3.07 13.8 1.5
1953 SLA MLB 3 9 11 57 4 117.3 114 39 51 12 46% .262 8.7 3.0 0.9 3.9 1.30 3.53 3.9 0.2
1965 KC1 MLB 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 1 0 1 0 38% .111 3.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 0.33 0.00 0.6 0.1

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Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 11th Edition, 2015J.J. Jansons2015-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Grading the FunkDoug Thorburn2015-02-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL CentralTodd Gold2014-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL CentralPatrick Ebert2014-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL CentralDavid Rawnsley2014-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: The Truth About One-Day ContractsZachary Levine2014-02-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Bargains and Busts: American League HittersMike Gianella2013-11-19
The Lineup Card: 10 Milestones to Look Forward to in 2013Baseball Prospectus2013-04-03
The Lineup Card: 12 Stats We Wish Were Readily AvailableBaseball Prospectus2012-09-05
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: All Done With All-Time TeamsMichael Bates2012-04-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Loose Threads: West DivisionJay Jaffe2012-04-04
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Braves Still Building the Wight WayR.J. Anderson2012-03-06
The BP Broadside: My Seven Days of Nervous Baseball and Other StoriesSteven Goldman2012-02-01
The Lineup Card: 10 Undeservedly Obscure Baseball FilmsBaseball Prospectus2012-02-01
BP Unfiltered: Winter Meetings Dispatch: The Social Ramble Ain't Restful, with Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, Huston StreetSteven Goldman2011-12-07
The Lineup Card: 9 Baseball Movies That Should Be MadeBaseball Prospectus2011-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Stuck in the Middle with YouJay Jaffe2011-07-25
Prospectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown's Backhanded ComplimentJay Jaffe2011-07-22
The BP Wayback Machine: Un-StarsJames Click2011-06-30
Spitballing: Trading PlacesJeremy Greenhouse2011-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2Jay Jaffe2011-02-08
BP Unfiltered: Skip Lockwood: A Remarkable Unremarkable CareerDavid Laurila2010-10-13
Prospectus Q&A: Ken Burns David Laurila2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessExpanded Horizons: Flooded with ChoicesTommy Bennett2010-09-07
Prospectus Q&A: Chris WertzDavid Laurila2010-07-14
You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day and Other Notes #3Steven Goldman2010-03-31
One-Hoppers: Switch-Pitcher in PinstripesJay Jaffe2010-03-31
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Mid-Season SnapshotJohn Perrotto2009-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Back in the Saddle AgainJay Jaffe2009-07-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: George ThorogoodDavid Laurila2009-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Jeff KentJay Jaffe2009-01-27
Prospectus Q&A: All the LettuceDavid Laurila2009-01-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: A Rock-y RoadJay Jaffe2008-12-16
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Bronx Breakdowns and ReboundsJohn Perrotto2008-06-29
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Lightning in a Bottle, Thunder in the BronxJohn Perrotto2008-05-18
Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-04-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Mudcat GrantDavid Laurila2008-03-30
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: A Dominican RetreatSteven Goldman2008-03-24
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Babe and Beau JamesSteven Goldman2008-03-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Baseball on the BookshelfJim Baker2008-01-25
The Class of 2008: The Hitters, Part TwoJay Jaffe2007-12-20
Playoff Prospectus: Cubs versus DiamondbacksNate Silver2007-10-02
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Never a Dull MomentWill Carroll2007-04-30
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Turning the PageDan Fox2007-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Bill JamesDavid Laurila2007-01-16
Remembering Buck O'Neil: A Full LifeAlex Belth2006-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: No Hitters Ain't That Special, Part TwoSteven Goldman2006-09-14
Prospectus Hit List: Week of May 14Jay Jaffe2006-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2006: The HittersJay Jaffe2005-12-12
Prospectus Notebook: Royals, MarinersBaseball Prospectus2005-11-23
This article requires BP Premium accessAn Objective Hall of Fame: Part OneClay Davenport2005-08-08
The Class of 2005: The HittersJay Jaffe2004-12-16
The Class of 2004: Analyzing the HittersJay Jaffe2004-01-06

BP Chats

2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Satchel Paige would be the fifth man voted in.
(Richie from Washington)
A fine candidate, for certain, though I think the one in the next question is the one who would get the nod... (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, as I sit here grinding through my last Friday of studying before the bar exam, I am looking forward to reading something non-law related for the first time in a long time. What baseball biographies would you say are the all time best? And has BP ever considered starting a "Books Blog" with staff reviews of new baseball books, and maybe a list of favorites others may have missed?
(achaik from Maine)
Congratulations on making it through law school. One hopes the job market will treat you well. If you don't mind me shifting the question slightly to autobiographies, I love and frequently return to Veeck as in Wreck (Bill Veeck), Nice Guys Finish Last (Leo Durocher, and just reissued), and Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (Satchel Paige). In common with all autobios, the authors skip or gloss the bad stuff and exaggerate the good, but the stories are so great and so well-told that you can live with that. If you want a straight biography, Robert Creamer's "Babe" on Ruth is very good, and so is Charles Alexander on John McGraw. Haven't read the new Mays or Aaron books yet. Finally, I will be crass enough to recommend my own "Forging Genius," on Casey Stengel. ...Christina and I discussed adding a books feature recently, but I imagine a lack of bandwidth for both of us renders that kind of a daunting task. (Steven Goldman)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Apropros of the Robyn Hitchcock comments, it's only a hop, skip, and jump via the Venus 3 to Scott McCaughey to "The Baseball Project". It's a fun listen. You must be aware of that, no?
(Rob from Princeton)
Yup. I've seen McCaughey back up Hitchcock in concert on a couple of occasions. In fact, there's a concert documentary of a Hitchcock concert in Hoboken, NJ that floats about on cable, and if you watch carefully, you can spot me on the sidelines, along with a couple of pals of mine. I really enjoyed "The Baseball Project." The songs are songs first, not novelty tunes as so many baseball songs are. And many of them, such as the songs about Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, and Ted Williams are good works of biography, too. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven ... thanks for the chat, and good to see you at B&N last night. So, did you catch any/all of the 6OT deathmatch between Conn. and Syracuse?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Nope. It's not my game, though I have been known to bestir myself for the odd historic moment. By the time I got home from the city last night, I was so whipped I couldn't bring myself to budge from my chair. I love the book tour, but as Satchel Paige said, "The social ramble ain't restful." And good to see you too. I hope we were in good form. I thought we were. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Weren't Negro League stats made more available recently? Is there enough quality data & players with overlapping experience to come up with an equalized ranking of all the players from that era?
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
The funny thing is that those numbers were available to the Hall of Fame subcommittee but unless I've missed something haven't found their way into the general public's availability yet. If they ever do, it will take people smarter than me to determine their weight, though I'd settle just for being able to look at them on or our site. I mean, who wouldn't want to see what Satchel Paige's year by year numbers look like? (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you tell us more of that Satchel Paige midnight flight story you referred to recently?
(Stewart D from C-ville)
I've had several requests for this, so I think I'll probably do that for the next installment of the column on Monday. There is never a bad time for a Satchel Paige story. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could go back in time to watch one game, what would it be? I often think it might be the Merkle boner game, though I don't like being jostled by crowds and would thus spend 8 innings seeking high ground. Second choice for me: the game where Satchel Paige called in the outfield and infield in pitching to Josh Gibson, though that might be apocryphal and could break my time machine. How about you?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
That's a really tough call. I saw the Reggie 3-HR World Series game on TV when I was a tyke. That might be cool. Any game where Ted Williams had a couple of hits... The game where Casey Stengel let a bird fly out from under his cap... Any game Walter Johnson or Christy Mathewson pitched... Satchel Paige in his prime would be VERY cool to see. Great call there. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)So I have to say I don't quite understand the Raines HOF love around these parts (although I guess better that than more Rice love.) He was a very good player with a couple of great years and he did all the little things yeah yeah, but basically we are talking about seven at best good/great years and a bunch of filler. He was a good basestealer and an onbase threat, but he wasn't a fantastic defender and he didn't have much power despite playing a position where you usually like to see some. That doesn't seem like a HOF shoe in at all, but rather marginal at best. Obv the Hall is filled with many such characters (and a number of well below marginal ones), but is adding one more really something we want to make a big cause celeb over?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Raines had more than a couple of great years. He's one of the top 10 LFs of all time. compares quite favorably to the average HOF LF in terms of his value at his peak and over the course of his career. He was every little bit as valuable as Tony Gwynn both at his peak and over the coursse of his career due to his ability to get on base and to advance himself.

From the JAWS piece I wrote:

"According to JAWS, Raines compares quite favorably to the average Hall of Fame left fielder, breezing past both career and peak benchmarks. By this measure he ranks as the ninth-best left fielder of all time, behind Barry Bonds, Stan Musial, Rickey Henderson, Ted Williams, Pete Rose, Jim O'Rourke, Ed Delahanty, and Carl Yastrzemski--some pretty fair ballplayers. If that sounds crazy, consider that the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract ranked Raines eighth back in 2001, calling him the second-most valuable leadoff hitter in history, behind only Henderson. If you weren't around for it, he was that good. Raines' overall WARP score ranks 81st all-time, 62nd among hitters. His peak score ranks 122nd all-time, 91st among hitters, and his JAWS is 88th all-time, 67th among hitters. If those numbers sound low, consider that the Hall of Fame contains 198 players whose major league careers we can measure via this method (i.e., non Negro-Leaguers or late-career crossovers like Satchel Paige and Monte Irvin), and historical estimates suggest we're witnessing another 30 or so Hall of Famers currently active."

For the rest of the piece please see here: (Jay Jaffe)

BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveAnd two RBI singles by Werth and Ibanez chase Burnett.

"Bases on balls is the curse of a nation." - Satchel Paige. (Jay Jaffe)