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A new Paige for oldest rookie in MLB history

Updated: July 1, 2002, 12:14 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

July 7, 1948

It's better late than never when Satchel Paige, a Negro Leagues ace for years, signs with the Cleveland Indians. The lean right-hander will be the first African-American to pitch in the majors, the fourth black to play (Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Roy Campanella already are playing).

Paige says he's 39, but records will later show that today is his 42nd birthday.

"I'm starting my major league career with one thing in my favor, anyway. I won't ...

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