Paige debuts with Indians at 42
He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 as the first of seven players selected by the now-defunct “Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues” from 1971-1977.
A statue of Paige stands in Cooper Park outside of the Hall. Cast in 2006, Paige’s likeness honors, “all those who contributions to the National Pastime were too long diminished because of the color of their skin.”
Paige died on June 8, 1982.
Cody Eding was the public relations intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program Class of 2010 at the Baseball Hall of Fame