Satchel Paige di
KANSAS CITY, Mo. AP) - Legendary baseball pitcher
Leroy "Satchel" Paige died yesterday in a Kansas City
hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Paige died at 1:30 p.m., said Emmanual Cleaver, pastor of
St. James United Methodist Church.
PAIGE, BELIEVED to be about 75, was taken to the
hospital after feeling discomfort at his home, Cleaver said.
Storms in the Kansas City area had knocked out power at
Paige's home, preventing him from using his air conditioner,
Cleaver said he had been scheduled to have lunch with
Paige, but his wife called and said he
wasn't feeling well.
Paige's death came two days after a
baseball stadium was renamed in his
honor. The CYO Stadium in midtown
Kansas City was renamed Satchel
Paige Stadium in ceremonies Saturday.
"NOBODY ON Earth could feel as
good as I do now," Paige said at the
dedication. "I thought that there was
nothing left for me to do. I appreciate
this from the bottom of my heart."
Paige had pitched for the Kansas City
Monarchs in the Negro League before
Bill Veeck gave him his first chance in
the major leagues with the Cleveland
Indians in the 1940s. PQ
"This is a sad day in my estimation. ... hal
He was such an individual, he was ageless
Mayor Richard Berkeley, who once saw ]
Monarchs. "One of the great stories is howe
outfielders in because he had such confide
"HE WAS A phenomenal pitcher. If he had
to pitch earlier in the major leagues, and
not, Iam sure he would have been one of t
of all time."
Paige was in his 40s before he got]
pitch in the big leagues. He became one o
the Hall of Fame
blacks who play
Leagues before 1947.
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give if under oath in
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the greatest pitchers NEW YORK (AP) - Marvin
Hagler's scheduled defense of his
his first chance to world middleweight boxing
f the first blacks in title against Thomas Hearns has
when the 10-year been called off, a spokeman for
lifted in 1971 for Top Rank Inc., announced
ed in the Negro yesterday.
The fight originally had been
revealed his age, set for Windsor, Ontario, May 24
what age he would and had been reset for July 15 at
court. an undetermined site.
the goat ate it," he Hearns had wanted the fight to
t ate the Bible with take place in the Pontiac, mich.
ate in it. Mother Silverdome, close to his
ou tell a lie, always hometown of Detroit. Hagler had
on't sound good to said he would fight anywhere but
I good to anybody in the Detroit area.
Irving Rudd, a spokesman for
earse this, but my Top Rank, said,, "Neither of the
was in our fighters could agree conclusively
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cate in it. That goat iesite of the fight."
Surprise: Gretsky wins MVP
MONTREAL (AP)- Wayne Gretsky named the most valuab
became the first player in National Edm onton center wins playoffs last month.
Hockey League history to be named the Kasper earned the de
most valuable player by a unanimous * 1 award largely for his
vote, capturing his third consecutive Hart Trophy unanim ousl, ironically, Gretsky.
Hart Trophy yesterday. last season, Gretsky ha
Gretsky, the 21-year-old scoring and four assists in three
machine of the Edmonton Oilers, thoae for goals 92, assists 120 and points Boston center Barry Pederson and Kasper won the closes
received all 63 first-place votes and 315 212, easily outdistanced Bryan Trottier Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr. points, 21 more than th
points in balloting by members of the of the New York Islanders, who was WILSON HAD the finest season of his winner of the Selke Awa
Professional Hockey Writers' second with 130 points. five-year career, scoring 39 goals. Bob Gainey, who rece
Association. The star center, who set 12 GRETSKY IS only the second player Possessor of one of the hardest slap- each of the past four yea
records this past season, including to capture the Hart Award three shots in hockey, Wilson's goal total was DURING THE Stanh
hce Bbbn most evir inconeine ao cytr
le player in the
d only one goal
st race, with 178
e only previous
Dived the honor
ley Cup finals,
straignt years. nooy yrr a i rom
1971-1973. Gretsky was the only repeat
winner of an individual NHL award.
Winnipeg's Dale Hawerchuk, the first
pick in the 1981 entry draft, won the
Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.
Chicago's Doug Wilson captured the
Norris Trophy as the league's best
defenseman. The Islanders' Bill Smith
received the Vezina Trophy as the most
valuable goaltender in the NHL.
Boston's Rick Middleton was voted the
Lady Byng winner for combining skill
and gentlemanly play, and his Bruins
teammate, Steve Kasper, won the
Frank Selke Award as the best defen-
sive forward in the NHL.
Hawerchuk, an 18-year-old center
was the best of a superb crop of rookies.
He scored 45 goals and 104 points
during the 1981-82 season and helped
lead Winnipeg to the biggest points im-
provement over one season in NHL
history. He received 46 first-place
votes and 258 points, easily beating
U20 1 E. W ashington at Fourth
the second most ever in one season by a
defenseman. .He finished with 29 first-
place votes and 177 points, 97 points
ahead of Ray Bourque of the Bruins.
Smith, who once said he didn't ever
expect to win any awards because he
was not a friend of the media, won the
Vezina in voting by the league's general
managers. This was the first year that
the award was given to the MVP among
goalies. In the past, the Vezina was
awarded for the lowest goals-against
average. Now, the Bill Jennings
Trophy is awarded for that distinction,
and Montreal's Rick Wamsley and
Denis Herron shared it.
Smith's victory margin was 20 points
MIDDLETON scored 51 goals and 94
points to pace the Bruins' scoring. He
had only 12 penalty minutes one minor
and a 10-minute misconduct for not
leaving the area of a fight. His point
total of 211 was 95 more than runner-up
Winnipeg Coach Tom Watt was presen-
ted the Jack Adams Trophy as Coach of
the Year and Rockies' goalie Glenn
"Chico" Resch won the Bill Masterton
Trophy for his contributions to
In other news at the league's annual
offseason meetings, the Quebec Nor-
diques were fined $10,000 by the NHL
for tampering with Wilf Paiement while
the right wing was with the Toronto
Maple Leage. Paiement subsequently
was dealt to Quebec.
The rules committee made several
minor changes. Linesmen now will be
allowed to whistle play dead in order to
call a major penalty. In the past, only
the referee could halt play for the
calling of a major penalty.
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California it,Toronto 4
Pittsburgh 6, New York 2
Phiadelphia S, Chicago 2
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