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Satchel Paige

Leroy Robert Paige

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: July 7, 1906 in Mobile, AL
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 9, 1948 (Age 42.002)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Indians/Athletics 1948-1965

Final Game: September 25, 1965 (Age 59.080)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Negro League Committee as Player in 1971.
   View Satchel Paige Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: June 8, 1982 in Kansas City, MO
Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, MO
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1948 41 CLE AL 6 1 .857 2.48 21 7 5 3 2 1 72.2 61 21 20 2 22 43 1 2 1 295 165 2.78 1.142 7.6 0.2 2.7 5.3 1.95
1949 42 CLE AL 4 7 .364 3.04 31 5 19 1 0 5 83.0 70 29 28 4 33 54 1 1 0 348 132 3.07 1.241 7.6 0.4 3.6 5.9 1.64
1951 44 SLB AL 3 4 .429 4.79 23 3 16 0 0 5 62.0 67 39 33 6 29 48 1 1 1 278 93 3.64 1.548 9.7 0.9 4.2 7.0 1.66
1952 ★ 45 SLB AL 12 10 .545 3.07 46 6 35 3 2 10 138.0 116 51 47 5 57 91 3 0 2 582 127 2.85 1.254 7.6 0.3 3.7 5.9 1.60 AS,MVP-17
1953 ★ 46 SLB AL 3 9 .250 3.53 57 4 34 0 0 11 117.1 114 51 46 12 39 51 1 1 2 489 119 4.08 1.304 8.7 0.9 3.0 3.9 1.31 AS
1965 58 KCA AL 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 1.85 0.333 3.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
6 Yrs 28 31 .475 3.29 179 26 109 7 4 32 476.0 429 191 174 29 180 0 288 7 5 6 2002 124 3.28 1.279 8.1 0.5 3.4 5.4 1.60
162 Game Avg. 9 10 .475 3.29 59 9 36 2 1 11 158 142 63 58 10 60 96 2 2 2 664 124 3.28 1.279 8.1 0.5 3.4 5.4 1.60
SLB (3 yrs) 18 23 .439 3.57 126 13 85 3 2 26 317.1 297 141 126 23 125 190 5 2 5 1349 115 3.46 1.330 8.4 0.7 3.5 5.4 1.52
CLE (2 yrs) 10 8 .556 2.78 52 12 24 4 2 6 155.2 131 50 48 6 55 97 2 3 1 643 146 2.93 1.195 7.6 0.3 3.2 5.6 1.76
KCA (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 1.85 0.333 3.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1948 41 CLE AL 72.2 21 7 21 2.60 4.42 0.49 0.00 96.7 3.80 10 1.0 1.2 -0.0 1.6 16 .547 .506
1949 42 CLE AL 83.0 31 5 29 3.14 4.65 0.37 0.00 96.2 4.12 9 0.9 1.7 0.1 1.7 16 .530 .506
1951 44 SLB AL 62.0 23 3 39 5.66 4.80 -0.32 0.00 110.2 5.65 -0 -0.1 1.3 -0.1 0.4 5 .498 .500
1952 ★ 45 SLB AL 138.0 46 6 51 3.33 4.25 -0.05 0.00 103.8 4.46 17 1.9 1.8 0.4 3.4 28 .541 .512 AS,MVP-17
1953 ★ 46 SLB AL 117.1 57 4 51 3.91 4.62 -0.25 0.00 105.5 5.13 15 1.6 1.8 0.4 3.0 26 .528 .510 AS
1965 58 KCA AL 3.0 1 1 0 0.00 3.90 -0.21 0.07 102.0 4.27 1 0.2 -0.0 0.2 2 .683 .501
6 Seasons 476.0 179 26 191 3.61 4.51 0.02 0.00 102.6 4.62 52 5.6 1.7 0.7 10.3 92 .531 .508
SLB (3 yrs) 317.1 126 13 141 4.00 4.49 -0.18 0.00 105.7 4.94 31 3.5 1.7 0.6 6.8 59 .527 .509
CLE (2 yrs) 155.2 52 12 50 2.89 4.54 0.43 0.00 96.4 3.97 19 1.9 1.5 0.1 3.3 32 .537 .506
KCA (1 yr) 3.0 1 1 0 0.00 3.90 -0.21 0.07 102.0 4.27 1 0.2 -0.0 0.2 2 .683 .501

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1948 ❍ 41 CLE AL WS W BSN 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1 WS 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

All-Star Pitching

Year Tm Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1952 SLB AL 45
1953 SLB AL 46 0 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
1948 41 CLE AL 21 295 267 21 61 12 2 2 1 1 22 43 .228 .290 .311 .601 .266 83 4 1 5 0 1
1949 42 CLE AL 31 349 304 29 70 10 2 4 3 1 33 54 .230 .308 .316 .623 .268 96 3 1 10 0 1
1951 44 SLB AL 111 23 278 243 39 67 5 2 6 5 1 29 48 .276 .355 .387 .742 .323 94 3 1 5 0 3
1952 45 SLB AL 103 46 581 513 51 116 20 4 5 8 4 57 91 .226 .307 .310 .617 .266 159 9 3 8 0 12
1953 46 SLB AL 17 57 490 443 51 114 20 6 12 9 2 39 51 .257 .319 .411 .730 .268 182 11 1 7 0 4
1965 58 KCA AL 1 10 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .200 .300 .111 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
6 Yrs 231 179 2003 1780 191 429 68 16 29 26 9 180 288 .241 .313 .346 .659 .273 616 30 7 35 0 0 22
162 Game Avg. 77 59 664 590 63 142 23 5 10 9 3 60 96 .241 .313 .346 .659 .273 204 10 2 12 0 7
MLB Averages .257 .328 .384 .711 .277

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1948 41 CLE AL 14.4 1.4 301 1.3 6.3 -5.0 1.16 1.5 -0.4 14.8 1.5 0.91 17.2 7 1 6
1949 42 CLE AL 10.7 1.1 357 1.4 8.5 -7.1 1.36 1.4 -0.3 15.9 1.6 1.01 14.3 15 4 7
1951 44 SLB AL -3.0 -0.3 182 0.8 3.6 -2.8 1.12 0.3 0.4 -6.0 -0.6 0.95 -1.0 8 1 5
1952 45 SLB AL 13.2 1.4 503 2.4 15.5 -13.0 1.85 0.9 0.4 8.0 0.8 1.06 8.4 18 10 6
1953 46 SLB AL 8.7 0.9 485 -1.9 11.3 -13.2 1.39 0.0 -1.4 1.8 0.2 0.99 1.6 31 8 11
1965 58 KCA AL 1.3 0.2 11 0.1 0.2 -0.1 .78 0.1 0.1 1.3 0.2 0.71 1.2 0 0 0
6 Yrs 45.2 4.6 1839 4.2 45.3 -41.1 1.44 4.3 -1.4 35.8 3.7 0.99 41.7 79 24 35

Starting Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1948 41 CLE AL 21 7 4 0 3 0 0 5 2 .714 0 1 3 2 4 57% 57.9 85 35 13 3 5 1 5.6 6.1 6.4
1949 42 CLE AL 31 5 1 4 0 0 1 1 4 .200 0 0 1 0 2 40% 48.4 83 27 6 2 1 4 2.7 2.3 6.5
1951 44 SLB AL 23 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 .333 0 1 0 0 0 0% 39.0 50 26 4 1 2 1 3.0 0.0 5.9
1952 45 SLB AL 46 6 4 2 0 1 0 4 2 .667 0 0 3 2 3 50% 55.0 95 23 8 6 2 3 2.7 4.7 6.3
1953 46 SLB AL 57 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 3 .250 0 2 0 0 2 50% 50.8 63 32 16 3 3 1 4.5 4.3 6.1
1965 58 KCA AL 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0% 58.0 58 58 0 0 0 1 2.0 4.5 3.0
6 Yrs 179 26 10 9 7 1 2 12 14 .462 0 4 7 4 11 42% 52 95 23 47 15 13 11 3.8 4.2 6.2
MLB Averages .500 51% 51 118 -14 4.4 4.3 6.5

Reliever Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1948 41 CLE AL 21 14 5 2 1 3 1 2 33% 4 1 7 3 43% 8 1.159 7 1 6 4 3 7 4 10 10 0 11 3 6.0
1949 42 CLE AL 31 26 19 3 3 7 5 2 71% 7 0 28 10 36% 8 1.357 15 4 7 7 4 15 13 13 18 2 19 5 5.8
1951 44 SLB AL 23 20 16 3 2 5 5 1 100% 5 0 10 2 20% 1.122 8 1 5 6 2 6 7 7 15 1 10 2 6.7
1952 45 SLB AL 46 40 35 8 8 13 10 5 77% 14 1 40 17 43% 9 1.854 18 10 6 16 7 11 21 13 24 11 21 6 7.5
1953 46 SLB AL 57 53 34 2 8 15 11 4 73% 16 0 55 19 35% 7 1.389 31 8 11 17 11 23 32 19 27 13 27 16 5.3
5 Yrs 178 153 109 18 22 43 32 14 74% 46 2 140 51 36% 1.445 79 24 35 50 27 62 77 62 94 27 88 32 6.2

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1948 41 CLE AL 295 51% 0.7% 14.6% 7.5% 5.4% 26% 0.43 75% 56 4 7%
1949 42 CLE AL 349 55% 1.2% 15.5% 9.5% 4.6% 23% 0.52 70% 72 3 4%
1951 44 SLB AL 278 47% 2.2% 17.3% 10.4% 4.7% 19% 1.03 68% 33 3 9%
1952 45 SLB AL 581 57% 0.9% 15.7% 9.8% 5.0% 25% 0.67 72% 107 9 8%
1953 46 SLB AL 490 61% 2.5% 10.4% 8.0% 7.8% 33% 0.83 78% 89 11 12%
1965 58 KCA AL 10 50% 0.0% 10.0% 0.0% 10.0% 100% 0.40 90% 0 0
6 Yrs 2003 56% 1.5% 14.4% 9.0% 5.6% 26% 0.65 73% 357 30 8%
MLB Averages 50% 2.2% 12.5% 9.0% 6.2% 27% 1.01 75% 11%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
1948 41 CLE AL 295 61 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 10 6 0 60% 1 1 0 115 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
1949 42 CLE AL 349 70 4 0 23 3 2 3 2 26 7 6 27% 1 0 1 132 3 1 75% 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
1951 44 SLB AL 167 67 6 1 7 1 3 3 1 14 8 2 57% 3 1 0 60 5 1 83% 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 111
1952 45 SLB AL 478 116 5 2 31 2 1 0 3 39 20 5 51% 12 2 1 187 8 4 67% 8 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 5 103
1953 46 SLB AL 473 114 12 1 24 5 7 6 6 33 16 5 48% 4 2 0 171 9 2 82% 6 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 17
1965 58 KCA AL 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Yrs 1772 429 29 4 86 13 13 12 14 122 57 18 47% 22 6 2 666 26 9 74% 22 4 4 3 0 1 2 0 17 231
MLB Averages 52% 59%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1948 41 6 1 .857 2.48 21 7 5 3 2 1 72.2 61 21 20 2 22 43 1 2 1 295 165 1.142 7.6 0.2 2.7 5.3 1.95 165
1949 42 10 8 .556 2.78 52 12 24 4 2 6 155.2 131 50 48 6 55 97 2 3 1 643 146 1.195 7.6 0.3 3.2 5.6 1.76 146
1950 43 10 8 .556 2.78 52 12 24 4 2 6 155.2 131 50 48 6 55 97 2 3 1 643 146 1.195 7.6 0.3 3.2 5.6 1.76 146
1951 44 13 12 .520 3.35 75 15 40 4 2 11 217.2 198 89 81 12 84 145 3 4 2 921 124 1.296 8.2 0.5 3.5 6.0 1.73 124
1952 45 25 22 .532 3.24 121 21 75 7 4 21 355.2 314 140 128 17 141 236 6 4 4 1503 125 1.279 7.9 0.4 3.6 6.0 1.67 125
1953 46 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1954 47 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1955 48 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1956 49 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1957 50 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1958 51 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1959 52 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1960 53 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1961 54 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1962 55 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1963 56 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1964 57 28 31 .475 3.31 178 25 109 7 4 32 473.0 428 191 174 29 180 287 7 5 6 1992 124 1.285 8.1 0.6 3.4 5.5 1.59 124
1965 58 28 31 .475 3.29 179 26 109 7 4 32 476.0 429 191 174 29 180 0 288 7 5 6 2002 124 1.279 8.1 0.5 3.4 5.4 1.60 124

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1948 41 5 3 .625 2.37 76.0 64 22 20 2 23 45 1 1.145 7.6 2.7 5.3 1.96 0.2 21
1949 42 5 5 .500 2.79 87.0 73 30 27 4 34 56 1 1.230 7.6 3.5 5.8 1.65 0.4 31
1951 44 3 4 .429 4.43 65.0 66 36 32 6 29 51 1 1.462 9.1 4.0 7.1 1.76 0.8 23
1952 45 9 7 .563 3.06 144.0 123 54 49 5 60 95 3 1.271 7.7 3.8 5.9 1.58 0.3 46
1953 46 7 7 .500 3.29 123.0 118 50 45 12 40 53 1 1.285 8.6 2.9 3.9 1.33 0.9 57
1965 58 0 0 0.00 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.0 0.0 3.0 0.0 1
6 Yrs 29 26 .527 3.13 498.0 444 192 173 29 186 301 7 1.265 8.0 5.4 1.62 0.5 179



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1951 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1971 Negro League (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1971
by Negro League Committee

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1952 AL (17, 4%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1952 AL  46 (2nd)
1953 AL  57 (4th)

Saves s c a p y
1949 AL  5 (4th)
1951 AL  5 (6th)
1952 AL  10 (2nd)
1953 AL  11 (4th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1948 AL  2 (9th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1949 AL  19 (6th)
1952 AL  35 (1st)
1953 AL  34 (4th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1949 AL  1.4 (10th)

Oldest s c a p y
1948 AL  born 1906-07-07 (3rd)
1949 AL  born 1906-07-07 (1st)
1951 AL  born 1906-07-07 (1st)
1952 AL  born 1906-07-07 (1st)
1953 AL  born 1906-07-07 (1st)
1965 AL  born 1906-07-07 (1st)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 15 (1270), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 7 (1193), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (287th), 9.1 career WAR/9.1 7yr-peak WAR/9.1 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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