1948 Satchel Paige was the first black pitcher in the American League.He also were the first black to actually pitch in a World Series  game.One off the best-known players in black baseball, he became the first black elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame for his career in the Negro Leagues in 1971. Paige spent five seasons in the majors 1948--53 he won twenty-eight games. He appeared in one game for the Kansas City Athletics in 1965 at the age  of fifty-nine,making him the oldest man to ever pitch in the Majors.A native of Mobile, Ala.He grew up in a family with eleven children.