Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pitcher Pat "Piggy" Paige

George Lynn “Pat” Paige
Nickname: Piggy
Born: May 5, 1882, in Paw Paw, Michigan

Big League Team: Cleveland Naps 1911

Position: Pitcher
Height/Weight: 5’ 10”, 175 pounds

Bats: Left
Throws: RHP (ambidextrous thrower) 
right hand dominant

From the Biography of Pat Paige:

Pat Paige achieved a kind of perfection during his cup-of-coffee in the big leagues, posting a 1-0 record and a 4.50 ERA in two games with the 1911 Cleveland Naps. He was also found wanting during three opportunities at the major league level, labeled by Sporting Life as a pitcher who “does not have the class to stick in the American League.” 
At 5’ 10” and 175 pounds, the stocky right-hander (who was ambidextrous and owned gloves for both hands, according to researcher Bill Haber) was known as a clever and cool performer during his nine years in the minors, where he fashioned a 116-117 record. A fine fielder, Paige was a curveball specialist who relied on his control to strike out batters. According to the Columbia, South Carolina, State newspaper, “He can make opposing batters look like puppets when he settles down to striking them out.” Known as “Piggy” and sometimes called “Mabel,” Paige was a fan favorite in several cities. He could also exasperate club management at times, having been suspended twice for contract jumping and once for being out-of-shape. (source: Charile Weatherby, SABR)

Pat Paige Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac

Pat Paige, SABR Biography

Piggy Paige's Cup of Coffee - Charleston Baseball Card


Haber, Bill. “A Favorite Paige of Mine.” Baseball Research Journal (1977)


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