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No Gray area: Satchel Paige, 59, returns to form
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 25, 1965

Some 10,000 fans light up Kansas City's Municipal Stadium and serenade ageless wonder Satchel Paige with "The Old Gray Mare" as the Negro League pitching legend comes out of retirement to start for the Athletics. At the invitation of Kansas City owner Charley Finley, Paige -- reportedly 59, though many believe he's older -- makes his first appearance in the majors since 1953.

Paige, who didn't get a chance to pitch in the majors until 1948, amazes all by pitching three scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox. He strikes out one and does not issue a walk. The only hit he allows is a double to another future Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski.

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