Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige
A star in the Negro Leagues, Robert LeRoy "Satchel" Paige {1905-1982} pitched the Kansas City Monarchs to four consecutive championship titles from 1939 to 1942. In 1948 he became the oldest rookie in the major leagues when he signed with the Cleveland Indians. That season he helped his new team win a very tight contest for the American League pennant. In 1971, Paige became the first player from the Negro Leagues inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Close Up: This is one of 20 portraits that illustrator Joseph Saffold painted for the Legends of Baseball pane. The stamps, created from Saffold's original paintings, look like vintage baseball trading cards, with black name bands and rounded corners. You can read more about Saffold's artwork on the Sports Gallery Page.
Joseph Saffold
Phil Jordan
Airbrush & Ink on Board
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Smithsonian Institution
National Postal Museum
United States Postal Service
Michael Osborne Design
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