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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Paige starts new chapter with first ML win
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 3, 1948

Former Negro Leagues star Satchel Paige is successful in his first start in the American League. Before 72,434 fans -- the largest crowd to attend a night game in Cleveland -- the lanky Indians right-hander defeats the Washington Senators, 5-3.

Paige starts off uncommonly wild. Not having walked anybody unintentionally in his 18 innings as a reliever, he walks two Senators in the first before giving up a two-run triple. But then he settles down, allowing just one more run to gain his second victory in three decisions.

The 42-year old rookie scatters seven hits, walks four and strikes out six in seven innings. When asked if he is ready to go every four days, Ol' Satch replies, "I used to start every second day and then do relief in between. Why that every four days would be a vacation."

Seventeen days later, Paige will shut out the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland before 78,382 fans, the largest night crowd in history.

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