Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
He wasn’t born in Kansas City, but in his heart, Satchel Paige called it home. As a pitcher for the Kansas City Monarchs and six other teams, Satchel Paige was the nearest thing to a legend that ever came out of the Negro Leagues. His fastball and colorful personality turned him into a household name recognized by fans and non-fans alike.
Even his name, “Satchel,” was the stuff of legends. As the story goes, at age 11, he carried bags at the train station in Mobile, Alabama, to earn money. He soon found that the more suitcases he carried, the better the tips. So the clever Paige invented a special harness for shouldering several bags at once. The other carriers said he looked like a walking satchel tree and the name stuck.
Paige began his professional career in 1926, and signed with the Kansas City Monarchs in the late 1930s. As a Monarch, he developed a curve and his famous hesitation pitch to add to his “bee-ball,” “jump ball,” “trouble-ball,” and “long-ball” pitching repertoire. Paige led the team to four consecutive Negro American League pennants (1939-42)
Pitching briefly for the Kansas City A’s in the 1950s, Finley was reported to have given Paige his own rocking chair on which to rest between his stints on the mound. In 1971, Satchel Paige was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first player ever inducted from the Negro Leagues.
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number A4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 39° 18.809′ N, 94° 41.677′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk A4, in Economy Parking Lot A, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stockyards (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); KC Art Deco (about 400 feet away); Shoe Parties Aromatherapy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heart of the Nation (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Fountains (approx. ¼ mile away); All That Jazz (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
Also see . . .
1. Satchel Paige at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Satchel Paige, Negro League Baseball. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Satchel Paige YouTube Tribute. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Life and Times of an American Legend. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 709 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.