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(Leroy Paige), 1906–82, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama.
Celebrated for his wit and extraordinary pitching ability, Paige became legendary while barnstorming in the Negro baseball leagues prior to the integration (1947) of the major leagues. He played in as many as 2,500 games and is credited with more than 50 no-hitters.
In 1948, at the age of 42, Paige joined the Cleveland Indians of the American League. He pitched for six seasons in the majors and was the first star of the Negro leagues to be inducted (1971) into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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