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Jackie Robinson in Kansas City Monarchs Uniform, 1945
Jackie Robinson in a Kansas City Monarchs Uniform. Both Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson played for the Monarchs

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Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige Was Born
July 7, 1906

In barnstorming, a player traveled across the country and pitched for any team willing to meet his price. (Teams also barnstormed around the U.S. and played against local teams.) Paige sometimes traveled as many as 30,000 miles a year and in one streak pitched twenty-nine days in a row! He played in exhibition games against the best players of the day, black or white. Huge crowds came to watch him.

"I liked playing against Negro League teams," Paige was quoted as saying, "but I loved barnstorming. It gave us a chance to play everybody and go everywhere . . ."

Paige finally got his chance to play in the major leagues as a Cleveland Indian in 1948. That was one year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball and went to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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