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    1965 Satchel Paige Signed Program from Final Major League Appearance. Satchel Paige was an American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted from the Negro leagues. Paige was a right-handed pitcher and was the oldest rookie to play in the MLB at the age of forty-two. He played with the St. Louis Browns until age forty-seven, and represented them in the All-Star Game in 1952 and 1953. In 1965, Kansas City Athletics owner Charles O. Finley signed Paige, fifty-nine at the time, for one game. On September 25, against the Boston Red Sox, Finley invited several Negro league veterans including Cool Papa Bell to be introduced before the game. Paige was in the bullpen, sitting on a rocking chair, being served coffee by a "nurse" between innings. He started the game by getting Jim Gosger out on a pop foul. The next man, Dalton Jones, reached first and went to second on an infield error, but was thrown out trying to reach third on a pitch in the dirt. Carl Yastrzemski doubled and Tony Conigliaro hit a fly ball to end the inning. The next six batters went down in order, including a strikeout of Bill Monbouquette. In the fourth inning, Paige took the mound, to be removed according to plan by Haywood Sullivan. He walked off to a boisterous ovation despite the small crowd of 9,000. The lights dimmed and, led by the PA announcer, the fans lit matches and cigarette lighters while singing "The Old Gray Mare." Neither the Red Sox nor the A's were huge draws in 1965. Our guess is that fewer than a couple of thousand programs were actually printed for the game. How many could have survived? Here, you have a chance to own this rare historic program and, best of all, it has been signed in dark (9/10) pencil by the legend himself. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA.



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