In honor of Satchel Paige’s 105th birthday on July 7, 1906.
Leroy “Satchel” Paige was a Negro League star who, in 1948 at the age of 41, became the oldest rookie in major league history. “If he had come up into the majors when he was younger,” Hank Aaron told LIFE.com, “he probably would have broken all the pitching records. You’ve heard the stories about him telling the infielders and outfielders to go sit down in the dugout, ‘cause he’s going to strike out the next three batters? And then goes ahead and does it? I didn’t see that, but I heard it from so many guys who played with him that I gotta believe that it’s true.”