Famous pitcher Satchel Paige made his Major League Baseball debut in 1948 after being a longtime star in the Negro leagues. He was 42 when he got his shot at the big leagues. In his season, he made 21 game appearances.
Undated photo of Josh Gibson, considered the greatest hitting slugger in Negro League history. Gibson played with the Pittsburgh Crawfords from and then the Homestead Grays from 1937 until Courtesy/Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc.
James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell (May 1903 – March was an American center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many baseball observers to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Leroy “Satchel” Paige, the first Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and two days later became the oldest rookie and the first black pitcher in an American League baseball game.