Saturday, July 19, 2008

primary secondary tertiary quaternary quinary senary septenary octonary nonary denary duodenary vigenary quartenary

In University Chemistry, we always talked about primary carbons and secondary carbons and tertiary carbons. Then there were quaternary carbons, that I'd never heard of. I always wondered what came after quartenary? So, I looked it up and found this:

What comes after primary, secondary, tertiary?

The sequence continues with quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, denary. Words also exist for `twelfth order' (duodenary) and `twentieth order' (vigenary).

Quinary and senary? Good to know. I think I'll start using that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Barenaked Lady Steven Page Smokes Crack and Bangs Whores

So, I was compelled to pick up the Toronto Sun this morning on my Tim Hortons walk when a little caption in the top left hand corner caught my eye.

Apparently, the Toronto Sun was being kind to one of their native sons with a little caption that read "Barenaked Dope Bust...Story on Page 3." They certainly could have made it much more interesting, and closer to the truth, with a headline such as "Barenaked Lady Steven Page Caught Smoking Crack and Banging Prostitutes."

Of course, dope always sounds so innocuous, thus the headline. Dope is associated with weed, and our society has become pretty accepting to the idea of smoking up. It's really not that big of a deal anymore. But crack and cocaine has much more stigma, and it wasn't just dope that they found on Scarborough native Steven Page. The real dope was that they found him with the white stuff - cocaine, and some other white stuff, namely two twenty-something blonds named Stephanie Ford and Christine Benedicto.

Anyways, it's kinda sad and sordid. You always want to have some heroes. You always want someone you can look up to. The Barenaked Ladies were always that fun sorta group you could look at and say "Man, they look like they're having fun. They made it, and they did it the Canadian way." But it looks like they didn't. It looks like they did it the Los Angeles way, smoking crack, sniffing cocaine and smoking weed when there was none of that white stuff hanging around.

You know, they always looks like they were having so much fun on stage, the kind of fun we all want to have. It's too bad to know that it was all just fake - just a cocaine and drug induced high that only created an illusion. It's sad.

Can't wait for their kids CD, Snacktime to come out. I wonder what type of if the white powder they're putting in the snacks is sugar or the other kind of white powdered sweetener?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

More on the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2008 TOAE at Nathan Phillips Square Downtown

As a quick note to you, and a reminder to myself, here were a few of the interesting exhibitors/artists I saw at the TOAE.

David Alexander:
Rhya Tamasauskas:
Debra Archibald:
Lisa Anttila:

Steven Crainford:

Just some darned good Canadian art!

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2008:

I headed for a stroll over to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2008 at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto after picking up my morning Tim Hortons coffee at the Queens Quay Terminal. I actually went to see David Alexander's stuff (he's the drummer from the Lowest of the Low, and has some great art).

Anyways, one of the great little things I saw was some stuffed monsters from Rhya Tamasauskas. The things were hilarious! You can see more at, and I totally recommend that you check them out. I saw a few that reminded me of my brother. I think I'll seek this Rhya out and buy some mosters off of her.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Where is the DMV in Pickering Ontario?(It's By The Go Train Station) DMV=MTO=Service Ontario=Long Waits=Annoying Hassles

Springfield is based on Pickering Ontario. Yup, it's True!

You know, my Pickering is Springfield website keeps getting hits on where the DVM is in Pickering, Ontario? It's actually because I talk about a reference to Pickering in one episode of the Simpsons where Patty and Selma are referencing various Pickering streets and stuff. Check out the website, Pickering is Springfield for more information on it...

What do Canadians call the DMV?

Well, Canada doesn't have DMV's, or Department of Motor Vehicle offices. Instead, we have the Ministry of Transportation offices (MTO is acronym, what Canadians call the DMV), which is actually run through little "Service Ontario" centers or kiosks. Don't ask why...

So, here's the address for the MTO in Pickering ON (it's right by the Go train station by Liverpool and Bayly):

Pickering Phone: (905) 831-3525
1400 Bayly Street, Unit 4B, Pickering ON
Postal Code: L1W 3R2
(near GO Train Parking)
Mon to Wed 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.,
Fri 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Here are some of the stuff you do at the MTO offices:

Visit Pickering is Springfield!
Pickering Ontario on Wikipedia

Here are all of the DVM/MTO/Service Ontario Offices I could find that had to do with issuing licenses and stuff:

Private Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Offices

Locations in Toronto, Durham, York, Peel, Halton, Hamilton and Niagara. Please call to confirm if offices are open during statutory and civic holidays.

City of Toronto

Agincourt (416) 335-1705
4800 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 112, Toronto ON M1S 4N5
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Don Mills
(416) 497-9497
3555 Don Mills Road, Unit 8, Toronto ON M2H 3N3
(Skymark Plaza at Finch)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

East York
(416) 461-2785
1164 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON M4J 1M5 (West of Greenwood)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(416) 236-3039
250 The East Mall, Unit 193, Toronto ON M9B 3Y8 (Cloverdale Mall)
Mon, Tue & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Wed & Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Etobicoke South
(416) 251-4941
1255 The Queensway, Unit 16B, Toronto ON M8Z 1S1 (Kipling Mall)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Golden Mile
(416) 285-0051
1871 O'Connor Drive, Units 3 & 4, Toronto ON M4A 1X1
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(416) 467-0084
907 Millwood Road, Toronto ON M4G 1X2
(West of Memorial Gardens)
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mount Dennis
(416) 653-8690
605 Rogers Road, Unit D4, Toronto ON M6M 1B9
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

North York
(416) 781-1398
1150 Sheppard Avenue West, Unit 7, North York, ON M3K 2B5
(West of Allen Road)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(416) 742-1901
988 Albion Road, Rexdale ON M9V 1A7 (Thistletown Plaza)
Mon to Wed & Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thu 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Scarborough South
(416)266-2438 x3025
3025 Kingston Road, Toronto ON M1M 1P1
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Scarborough North
(416) 757-1511
2300 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto ON M1P 2R2
(White Shield Plaza at Kennedy Road)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Toronto - College Park
College Park, Market Level
777 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5G 2C8 (South-east corner of Bay and College)
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Office operated by ServiceOntario)

Toronto - Downtown (416) 362-3312
33 Victoria Street, #150, Toronto ON M5C 2A1
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Toronto - Downtown
534 College Street, Toronto ON M6G 1G6
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Toronto - Midtown
(416) 486-0635
2700 Dufferin Street, Unit 54, Toronto ON M6B 4J3
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(416) 244-0911
250 Wincott Drive, Unit 19B, Toronto ON M9R 2R5
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Greater Toronto Area

Ajax (905) 683-6300
509 Bayly Road East, Ajax ON L1Z 1W7
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Aurora (905)727-4815
297 Wellington Street East, Unit 8, Aurora ON L4G 6K9
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(705) 426-1292
593 Osborne Street, P.O. Box 849, Beaverton ON L0K 1A0
Mon - Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thurs 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Bolton (905) 857-3314
18 King Street East, P.O. Box 416, Bolton ON L7E 5T3
Mon 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tue to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bowmanville (905) 623-7331
100 King Street East, Bowmanville ON L1C 1N5
Mon to Wed 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bramalea (905) 792-0081
2150 Steeles Avenue East, Unit 2, Brampton ON L6T 1A7
(at Torbram)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Brampton North (905) 840-7433
1 Wexford Road, Unit 15, Wexford Square, Brampton ON L6Z 2W1
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Brampton South (905) 452-1132
4 McLaughlin Road, Unit 8, Brampton ON L6Y 3B2 (at Queen Street)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Burlington East (905) 681-7343
3455 Fairview Street, Unit 5, Burlington ON L7N 2R4
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Burlington West
(905) 639-6691
760 Brant Street, Unit 26A/27A, Burlington ON L7R 4B7
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(905) 660-6626
7880 Keele Street, Unit 12, Concord ON L4K 4G7
(North of Highway 7)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Georgetown (905) 877-3078
28 Main Street South, Georgetown ON L7G 3G4
Mon 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tue to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(905) 476-6132
159 Metro Road South, Unit 2, Keswick ON L4P 1W7
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(905) 294-2827
5694 Highway 7, Unit 2B, Sherwood Plaza, Markham ON L3P 1B4 (West of Highway 48)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(905) 878-5210
197 Main Street East, Milton ON L9T 1N7
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - noon

Mississauga - Square One
(905) 276-4357
100 City Centre Drive, Unit I-214, Mississauga ON L5B 2C9
(Square One Mall)
Mon to Thu 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Fri 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.,
Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mississauga - Streetsville (905) 826-6151
6295 Mississauga Road North, Unit 101, Mississauga ON L5N 2A3 (near Brittania Road)
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mississauga (905) 629-1364
1425 Dundas Street East, Unit #2, Mississauga ON L4X 2W4
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Mississauga West (905) 855-0082
2225 Erin Mills Parkway, Unit 24, Mississauga ON L5K 1T9
(Sheridan Centre)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(905) 895-5009
17480 Yonge Street, Unit C9, Newmarket ON L3Y 8A9
(Yonge/Davis Centre)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Oak Ridges (905) 773-1155
13025 Yonge Street, Unit 101, Oak Ridges ON L4E 1A5
(King Road and Yonge Street)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Oakville (905) 337-8751
105 Cross Avenue, Unit A9, Oakville ON L6J 2W7 (Trafalgar Village)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Oshawa (905) 436-7463
333 King Street West, Unit 6, Oshawa ON L1J 2J8
(next to Wendy's Restaurant)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Pickering (905) 831-3525
1400 Bayly Street, Unit 4B, Pickering ON L1W 3R2
(near GO Train Parking)
Mon to Wed 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.,
Fri 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Port Perry
(905) 985-0373 72
72 Water Street, Port Perry ON L9L 1J2
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Richmond Hill
(905) 780-6969
10909 Yonge Street, Unit 4, Upper Yonge Place Mall,
Richmond Hill ON L4C 3E3
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(905) 640-8065
37 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville ON L4A 7X5 (The Imperial Centre)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sutton (905) 722-3222
128 High Street, P.O. Box 845, Sutton ON L0E 1R0
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Thornhill (905) 709-4097
100 Steeles Avenue West, Unit 29, Thornhill ON L4J 7Y1
(West of Yonge Street)
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(905) 477-2559
4580 Highway 7, Unit 1, Unionville ON L3R 1M5
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Uxbridge (905) 852-3078
278 Main Street North, Unit 1, Uxbridge ON L9P 1X4
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(905) 668-1515
102 Brock Street South, Whitby ON L1N 4J8
Mon to Fri 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(905) 851-0777
97 Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge ON L4L 2S6
(North of Highway 7)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hamilton & Niagara

Dundas (905) 627-0667
17 King Street East, Unit 101, Dundas ON L9H 1B7 (Webster Place)
Mon to Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(905) 892-8700
227 Highway 20 East, P.O. Box 209, Fonthill ON L0S 1E0
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Fort Erie (905) 871-3161
350B Walden Boulevard, Fort Erie ON L2A 1R9
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Grimsby (905) 945-1132
48 Main Street West, Grimsby ON L3M 1R4
Mon to Wed and Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(905) 577-4100
50 Dundurn St. South, Hamilton ON L8P 4W3
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hamilton East
(905) 578-6603
163 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton ON L8E 1H8
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hamilton Mountain (905) 383-0314
1119 Fennel Avenue East, Unit 1, Hamilton ON L8T 1S2
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - noon

Hamilton South
(905) 385-3336
865 Upper James Street, Unit 4, Hamilton ON L9C 3A3
Mon - Wed 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thurs 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Niagara Falls (905) 358-5021
6100 Thorold Stone Road, Unit 12, Niagara Falls ON L2J 1A3
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(905) 468-2127
358 Mary Street, P.O. Box 348, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon
(closed Saturdays during July and August)

Port Colborne
(905) 834-3636
216 King Street, Port Colborne ON L3K 4G7
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

Smithville (905) 957-9888
249 St. Catharine Street Unit-10, Smithville ON L0R 2A0
Mon to Wed and Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thurs 9:00 a.m. –
7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. – noon

St. Catharines West
(905) 641-4427
350 Scott Street, Unit 110, St. Catharines, ON L2N 6T4
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon

(905) 227-5531
12 Albert Street West, Thorold ON L2V 2E9
Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - noon
(closed Saturdays during July and August)

Welland (905) 735-1590
300 Lincoln Street East, Welland ON L3B 4N4
Mon to Wed & Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thu 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In the United States of America, a Department of Motor Vehicles (or DMV) is a state-levelgovernment agency that administers vehicle registration and driver licensing. Several states do not have a DMV and split its traditional functions between other state agencies.

Jokes about DMVs have become common (and even somewhat of a cliché) in American comedy, and DMVs are often the subject of satire in television shows and movies. Humor about long lines, unenthusiastic employees and departmental policies is common, as are stereotypical depictions of driving testers, usually portrayed as unsympathetic and callous. In a Dane Cook special on Comedy Central, he remarked that in the future, when everything is instantaneous, the DMV will still take "like nine seconds". The DMV has been more than once jokingly connected to Hell. In the Primus song "DMV", the DMV is compared to Hell. In American comedy (such as an episode of Pinky And The Brain, where it's revealed the DMV has a trapdoor to "Hades" and the TV series Reaper, where the DMV is where evil escaped souls from Hell are deposited since it's "the closest thing on Earth to Hell", as said by Satan himself). In Family Guy, it was told that "Nate Griffin", ancestor of Peter Griffin, founded the DMV.

See also:
Ontario - North
Ontario - South

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Why I Hate PDFs. Why Adobe Reader Sucks...Why I Hate Adobe!

Why I hate Adobe and the Awful Adobe Reader...

Okay, hate is a pretty strong word, but for years, I've had an exceptionally strong dislike for Adobe, and I'm always amazed that its caught on. I mean, what is the benefit? That it allows you to print things out consistently? That I understand. But that's always been at the total expense of readability.

Adobe files are so awful to read. I don't know why, but when they appear, they either come up at 250% size, or 25% size. Is there somethign wrong with 100% size so I can read it like it's designed to be read?

And scrolling through adobe is so painful. I mean, you scroll down a quarter page, and then it jumps like an entire page head, or it won't continue at all. And then you have to go and change it to continuous mode, which messes up a bunch of other stuff.

Then, there's the update. Every time Adobe runs, a modal dialog box appears BEHIND all of my open windows, having the effect of freezing my computer, and making me panic that I've lost all my work, until I realize that the intolerable Adobe Reader has been initialized.

But the thing that kills me now is how whenever I hit a pdf in Firefox or IE, my computer completely, totally and intolerably freezes until the file initializes. I know, my computer only runs a P4, 2.5 GHz processor with 2 gigs of RAM, so my configuration obviously isn't powerful enough to properly run Adobe, but still, having to wait literally five minutes for Adobe to initialize is unacceptable. I mean, I can't even browse to different tabs. I mean, if a youtube clip is downloading, I can at least browse other pages, but with Adobe, it freezes everything.

Anyways, I can't stand it, and I never have. But I'm obviously the odd man out, because everyone seems to love it. Must be something wrong with me.


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I use Foxit. But I absolutely loved my adobe. I had to use foxit cause i couldnt (re) install acrobat after I had deleted it. I miss Adobe so much and its nice large screen and......darn it!!!

I also dislike encountering PDFs online, primarily because of Adobe Reader's tendency to hold my browser hostage while it tries to figure out what to do with a file. I was not previously familiar with Foxit, but I'll give it a try.

I think PDFs show up when authors are writing primarily for a printed medium; the format gives them more control. Then they may put up a PDF for the online version as well because they've already done the work of creating it. However I most always prefer to read an HTML version if it's available. But I haven't found a good automated PDF-to-HTML converter, unfortunately. They tend to look like crap.

I believe the main area where PDFs still have an advantage over HTML is when writing mathematical formulas. Seems like the best choice in HTML is to make image files of the formulas. This problem has been around for years though - is there a better solution that I'm unaware of?

For scrolling, select "Page Layout -> Continuous"

For updates, select "Edit -> Preferences -> Updates". I just if you set it properly, it will not as for updates!

But you are right about browser-adobe interoperability. But i guess this is mostly because of threading in browsers. If i open several tabs (like loading saved tabs) my FF becomes unusable too. It looks to me that this is mostly issue with browsers.

I use Foxit. But I absolutely loved my adobe. I had to use foxit cause i couldnt (re) install acrobat after I had deleted it. I miss Adobe so much and its nice large screen and......darn it!!!

I use Foxit too. Much much much better than adobe and many times faster. All the features that you could ever ask for


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Adobe Reader was fine until version 5. From 6 onwards it just got worse and worse.

I didn't know that PDFs could be loaded as fast as text files until I started using Ubuntu. The default PDF viewer, evince, opens PDF files in a snap. Posts: 178 | Registered: Jun 2005 | IP:

On OS X the built-in Preview app is a superb PDF reader.

The Adobe Reader suffers from the typical Adobe "we don't know nuthing about designing UI" syndrome.
Also, the OP seems to be mixing up PDF and the Adobe Reader. I love PDF, but hate the Adobe Reader. Luckily, I never need to use it (see above).

Personally, I think it is just bad code... If Macromedia can do such magic with a SWF file reader (with video and audio), I can't understand why Adobe has to freeze my browser (and sometimes crash it) when it is just displaying static pages.

Uncheck Adobe->Edit->Preferences->Internet->Display PDF in Browser

Yeah, PDFs display great on the Mac.

Wow! And here I was thinking that I was going to get flamed!

This stuff is great. I never even knew there was an alternative to Acrobat Reader. I'll give these options a try.

Who knows, maybe my dislike will limit itself to the reader. Maybe I can still learn to love pdf files.

-Cameron McKenzie


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Is Michael Jordan just Satchel Paige Reincarnated?

Is Satchel Page Really Michael Jordan? Is Jordan a Timetravelling Highlander?

You know, I was just watching a PBS documentary on the Nergo Baseball League great Satchel Paige. Recurring images made me thing - is Satchel Paige really just Michael Jordan? I mean, we never really ever saw the two in the same place. And when Jordan got popular, Satchel Paige mysteriously 'died.' Is there a conspiracy here we should know of? I definitely think so!


Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906[1]June 8, 1982) was an American baseball player whose pitching in several different Negro Leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime.
Paige was a right-handed pitcher. His professional playing career lasted from the mid-1920s1965.[2] He appeared in the Major League All-Star Game in both 1952 and 1953. until

Date of birth

The year of Paige's birth is somewhat disputed. A birth certificate, displayed in his autobiography, lists the date as July 7, 1906, and the Society for American Baseball Researchbiography on the official Satchel Paige website lists July 7, 1905 as his "estimated" birthdate. Listed as 4 years old on the April 21, 1910 U.S. Census for Mobile, Alabama, This would also imply a 1905 birthdate. lists the same. The

When asked about the year Paige was born, his mother said, "I can't rightly recall whether Leroy was first born or my fifteenth." On a separate occasion, she confided to a sportswriter that her son was actually three years older than he thought he was. A few years later she had another epiphany—he was, she said, two years older. She knew this because she wrote it down in her Bible. When Paige wrote his memoirs in 1962, he was not convinced about this. He wrote, "Seems like Mom's Bible would know, but she ain't never shown me the Bible. Anyway, she was in her nineties when she told the reporter that and sometimes she tended to forget things."

Pre-professional career

Satchel was born Leroy Page to John Page, a gardener, and Lula Page (née Coleman), a domestic worker, in a section of Mobile, Alabama known as South Bay. Lula and her children changed the spelling of their name from Page to Paige sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s. It is said they did this because they wanted to distance themselves from anything having to do with John Page.

According to legend, Paige got the nickname "Satchel" from friend and next door neighbor Wilber Hines. The two would go down to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad station and carry bags for the passengers for money. Hines supposedly gave Paige the nickname after he was caught trying to steal one of the bags that he was carrying.

On July 24, 1918, Paige was sent to the Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama for shoplifting and for truancy from W.C. Council School. There he developed his pitching skills under the guidance of Edward Byrd. It was Byrd who taught Paige how to kick his front foot high and to release the ball at the last possible instant. After his release, shortly before Christmas of 1923, Paige joined the semi-pro Mobile Tigers where his brother Wilson was already playing. Also on the team were future Negro League stars Ted Radcliffe and Bobby Robinson.

Pitching for the semi-pro team named the Down the Bay Boys, Paige got into a jam in the ninth inning of a 1–0 ballgame. Angry at himself, he stomped around the mound, kicking up dirt. The fans started booing him, so he decided that “somebody was going to have to pay for that.” He called in his outfielders and had them squat in the infield. With the fans and his own teammates howling, Paige worked his way out of the jam and made a name for himself.

Negro Leagues

The early years

A former friend from the Mobile slums, Alex Herman, was the player/manager for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League. He discovered Paige and wanted to sign him to a $50 per week contract. Lula Paige didn’t want any part of it until Herman promised to send her a stipend extracted from Satchel’s salary.

Paige was used sparingly in 1926; on June 22 he got the starting job against the Albany GiantsMemphis Red SoxBill “Plunk” Drake taught Paige the hesitation pitch that Paige would make famous. For the 1927 season, Paige was given a raise to $200 per month and a slick Ford Model A roadster. After just a few games, Paige abandoned the Lookouts for the $276 per month the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League were willing to pay. and ended up giving up 13 runs in the loss. It was during a game against the that

Pitching for the Barons, Paige was wild and awkward and didn’t want to take advice on how to pitch from his manager, Bill Gatewood. During a game on June 27, 1927, against Cool Papa Bell’s St. Louis Stars, Paige incited a riot by beaning three consecutive Stars players. Finally Paige accepted help with his mechanics from Sam Streeter and Harry Salmon. He finished the season 8-3 with 80 strikeouts and 19 walks in 93 innings.

Over the next 2 seasons, Paige went 23-25 while setting the Negro League single season strikeout record in 1929 with 184 including the then record of 17 in one game against the Detroit Stars. Due to his increased earning potential, Barons owner R. T. Jackson would “rent” Paige out to other ball clubs for a game or two to draw a decent crowd, with both Jackson and Paige taking a cut.


Abel Linares offered Paige $100 per game to play for his Santa Clara team in Cuba alongside future Hall of Famer Martín Dihigo.

Gambling on baseball games in Cuba was such a huge pastime that players were not allowed to drink alcohol, so they could stay ready to play. Paige – homesick for carousing, hating the food, despising the constant inspections and being thoroughly baffled by the language – stayed on the island for 11 games. He ended up going 5-6 and almost got himself killed when the mayor of a small hamlet asked him, in Spanish, if he had intentionally lost a particular game. Paige, not understanding a word the man said, nodded and smiled, thinking the man was fawning over him. Paige took his $1100 and left on a steamship out of Havana.

When Paige returned to the United States, he and Jackson revived their practice of renting Paige out to various teams. In the spring of 1930, Jackson leased him to the American Negro LeagueBaltimore Black Sox, led by their bow-legged third baseman Jud “Boojum” Wilson. Paige, being from the south, found that he was an outsider on the Black Sox and his teammates considered him a hick. Frank Warfield, the player/manager of the Black Sox, made sure that Paige knew he was the number two pitcher behind Lamon Yokely, and that didn’t sit well with Paige. champions, the

Paige returned to Birmingham for a few games and then was shipped to the Chicago American Giants of the NNL for a home-and-home series with the Houston Black Buffaloes of the Texas-Oklahoma League. Paige won one and lost one in the series and then returned to Birmingham.

By the spring of 1931 the Depression was taking its toll on the Negro Leagues. No one team could afford Paige. Tom Wilson of the Nashville Elite Giants in the Negro Southern League thought he could. Wilson then moved the team to Cleveland, as the Cleveland Cubs. By the end of 1931, the Cubs moved back to Nashville.

Pittsburgh Crawfords

In June of 1931, the Crawford Colored Giants, an independent club owned by PittsburghGus Greenlee, made Paige an offer of $250 a month. On August 6, Paige made his Crawford debut against their hometown rivals, the Homestead Grays. Paige had 6 strikeoutswalks in five innings of relief work to get the win. underworld figure and no

In September, Paige joined a Negro all-star team, the Philadelphia Giants, to play in the California Winter League.

In 1932, Greenlee signed Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston and Ted Radcliffe away from the Homestead Grays to assemble one of the finest baseball clubs in history. Crawford opened up the season on April 30th in their newly built stadium, Greenlee Field, the first completely black-owned stadium in the country. Paige ended up losing to the New York Black Yankees in a tight one but got even with them by beating them twice that season, including Paige’s first Negro League no-hitter on July 16.

By the end of the season, Greenlee had signed to contracts Cool Papa Bell, John Henry Russell, Leroy Matlock, Jake Stephens, "Boojum" Wilson, Jimmie Crutchfield, Ted Page, Judy JohnsonRap Dixon. With Crawford holding, for now, five future Hall of Famers, there was no doubt about the identities of the true "Black Yankees." and

In 1933, Paige, snubbed by other Negro League players and fans when he wasn’t selected for the first ever East-West All Star Game, ended up going 6-6 for the season.

On July 4, 1934, Paige threw another no-hitter, this time against the Homestead Grays. Only a first inning walk to future Hall of Famer Buck Leonard, and an error in the fourth inning, prevented Paige from chalking up a perfect game. Leonard, unnerved by the rising swoop of the ball, repeatedly asked the umpire to check the ball for scuffing. When the umpire removed one ball from play, Paige said, “You may as well thrown ‘em all out ‘cause they’re all gonna jump like that.”

To head off an attempt by Paige to jump to the Kansas City Monarchs, Greenlee leased Paige to J. Leslie Wilkinson, owner of the Monarchs, for use on his Colored House of David during The Denver Post’s “Little World Series” baseball tournament. Paige won three games in five days while striking out 14, 18 and 12 in each game. During the East-West All Star game of 1934, Paige – who this time wasn’t denied by fans – came in during the sixth inning with the score tied at 0-0 with a man on second, and proceeded to strike out Alec Radcliffe and retire Turkey StearnesMule Suttles on soft fly balls. The East scored one run in the top of the eighth and Paige did the rest by shutting down the West’s offense. and

Towards the end of the 1934 season, Paige accepted an offer from Neil Orr Churchill’s semi-pro team, the Bismarcks (sometimes known as the Bismarck Churchills today) in North Dakota, of $400 and a late model Chrysler straight off of Churchill’s lot for just one month’s work. There, he picked up the nickname Long Rifle from local Sioux Indians.

On October 26, 1934, Paige married his longtime sweetheart Janet Howard. During the wedding reception, Greenlee – who paid for the reception – had Paige sign a new long-term contract for the same $250 that he’d been making. On his honeymoon in Las Vegas, which Greenlee also paid for, Paige pitched for Tom Wilson’s Philadelphia Giants in the California Winter League. Paige did particularly well against Dizzy Dean’s all-star team. Later, when Dean was a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune, he would call Paige the pitcher with the best stuff he’d ever seen.

Paige ended up going 13-3 for the Crawfords for the season and 31-4 including all the games he pitched in during 1934.

On March 3, 1935, Paige jumped teams again, this time from the Giants to another team in the CWL, the El Paso Mexicans. When Paige returned to Pittsburgh, after going 17-2 in the CWL, he got into a contract dispute with Greenlee and decided to return to Bismarck for the same $400 per month and late model used car that he got before while his new bride stayed in Pittsburgh.

DiMaggio and Feller

Paige could not return to the NNL because he was banned from the league for the 1935 season by Greenlee when he jumped to the Bismarck team. Paige turned to J. Leslie Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs. Wilkinson, risking the wrath of Greenlee, was elated to bring Paige aboard. Paige stayed with the Monarchs through the end of the year. He got an offer to front his own team, the Satchel Paige All-Stars, from Johnny Burton, a northern California promoter who needed a team to play against an all-star squad composed of big leaguers out of the Bay Area.

On February 7, 1936, Joe DiMaggio was making his last stop as a minor leaguer before joining the New York Yankees, and he was going to have to face one of baseball’s best pitchers: Satchel Paige. DiMaggio ended up going 1-4 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the tenth. A Yankee scout watching the game wired the big club that day a report which read, “DIMAGGIO EVERYTHING WE’D HOPED HE’D BE: HIT SATCH ONE FOR FOUR.”

Paige, at the demand of his wife, returned to Pittsburgh where Greenlee acquiesced to Paige’s salary demands and gave him a $600-per-month contract, by far the highest in the Negro Leagues. In order to get Wilkinson not to sign Paige again, Greenlee agreed that the NNL would recognize a competing league the following season, to be made up of Midwest teams and overseen by Wilkinson. That would lead to the renewing of the Negro League World Series, which hadn’t been played since 1927.

Paige ended up going 7-2 with three shutouts, but things were getting bad for him at home. At the end of the season, Tom Wilson, owner of the Washington Elites, assembled an all-star team composed of Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Leroy Matlock, Buck Leonard, Felton Snow, Wild Bill Wright and Sammy Hughes, barnstorming through the Midwest. They swept through the Denver Post tournament in seven straight games, Paige winning three of them by the scores of 7-1, 12-1 and 7-0 with 18 strikeouts in the title game against an overmatched semi-pro team from Borger, Texas. During another series against a team of big leaguers led by Rogers Hornsby, Paige won a pitching duel with a 17-year-old phenom by the name of Bob Feller.

Dominican Republic

During a 1937 swing through New Orleans by the Crawfords, Paige was approached by Dr. José Enrique Aybar, dean of the University of Santo Domingo, deputy of the Dominican Republic’s national congress and director of Los Dragones, a baseball team operated by Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic. Aybar hired Paige to act as an agent for Trujillo in recruiting other Negro League players to play for Los Dragones. Aybar gave Paige $30,000 to hire as many players as he could. Paige ended up bringing eight other players when he jumped to Los Dragones for their eight week season, including Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Leroy Matlock, Sam Bankhead, Harry Williams and Herman Andrews. Paige had a league best 8-2 record and Los Dragones finished the season in first place with an overall record of 18-13. After Los Dragones beat San Pedro de Macorís in the title series 4 games to 3 by coming from a 3 games to 0 deficit, all the players (Paige later than the rest) returned to the states.

Having little choice because they were all banned from the NNL, the returning players formed Trujillo’s All-Stars and barnstormed around the Midwest. J. Leslie Wilkinson got around the ban by having promoter Ray Dean schedule House of David games with the All-Stars and then he used his influence to get them entered into the Denver Post tournament. The rift between him and the rest of the players was never more evident than when Paige didn’t show up for the first six games of the tournament, but did show up for the final, for which the winning pitcher would receive a $1,000 bonus. His team ended up losing to a semi-pro team from Oklahoma. It was a double-elimination tournament – necessitating another game between the same two teams – suspicion persisted that Paige’s teammates threw the game so he wouldn’t get the winning pitcher’s bonus.

Due to his ongoing dispute over salary with Paige, Greenlee sold his contract to the Newark Eagles for $5,000. Paige was interested in playing for the Eagles, not so much for the money, but for one of the owners, Effa Manley. Rumor around the Negro League was that she would have an affair with the best players, and Paige thought that he qualified. When Manley rejected his offer, Paige, having learned about an injunction that wouldn’t allow him to play for any other team in New York or New Jersey, went to play in Mexico.


Jorge Pasquel, a Mexican beer distributor, and his four brothers wanted to compete with the major leagues. Their plan to do that was to hire the best Negro League players who were ignored by the big leagues, then raid big league teams and field integrated clubs in the name of international baseball. With this goal, they hired Paige for an astounding fee of $2,000 per month, not to play for the Pasquels’ Vera Cruz team, but to play for the moribund Agrario club of Mexico City, to create a rivalry for Club Azules, a powerhouse bunch led by Martín Dihigo. Back in the states, Greenlee, out $5,000, declared Paige “banned forever from baseball.”

Three games into the season, Paige’s arm went dead. He could barely lift his arm, much less pitch. In the final game of the season, Paige was matched up against Dihigo. Paige relied on throwing junkballs while Dihigo was throwing blistering fastballs. Through six innings, Paige threw from every angle from overhead to crossfire, even underhanded. He was able to hit the corners of the plate for strikes and the batters, always wary of his fastball, couldn’t dig in properly and take advantage of his lack of velocity. Finally in the seventh, his arm gave out completely. With the game scoreless, Paige gave up a hit and two walks. Rearing back to throw a fast ball, he uncorked a wild pitch that resulted in a run scoring. He managed to retire the side by going back to throwing junkballs.

Paige was removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning, and Agrario tied it up against Dihigo, taking Paige off the hook for the loss. Dihigo ended up winning the game with a two-run homer in the ninth, but the flood gates were open as Negro League players streamed into Mexico, again forsaking their teams. Paige returned to Pittsburgh a broken man.

Kansas City Monarchs

Having burned a number of bridges behind him in the States, only one ballclub owner was willing to give Paige a chance to play ball again — J.L. Wilkinson of the Monarchs. Wilkinson built a team around Paige called the Travelers, a roving division of the Monarchs.

Managed by Newt Joseph, the team included Big Train Jackson, George Giles and Johnny Marcum, but it was mostly full of Monarch wannabees and has-beens. Paige would get a percentage of the gate receipts for showing up and throwing just a couple of innings, relying on junkballs. On September 22, 1939 in the first game of a double-header against the powerful American Giants, Paige won a 1-0 game, striking out 10 men in the seven innings before the game was called on account of darkness. After pitching non-stop for over a decade, the seven months since his last pitching game in Mexico gave his arm a chance to heal. In the process, Paige became a better pitcher, utilizing control, finesse and even trickery.

Puerto Rico

Satchel wins Championship and MVP in Puerto Rico's Integrated League

To get his arm in shape, Paige spent the winter playing for the Guayama Brujos (later, Caguas-Guayama team) in Puerto Rico where he went 19-3 with a 1.93 ERA and a league high 208 strikeouts. Paige won two games in the playoff finals against the San Juan Senadores (who played in at the Sixto Escobar Stadium) and won the league’s most valuable player award (MVP).[3][4]

[] Return from Puerto Rico to Kansas City Monarchs

Paige returned to the Travelers for the 1940 season. During the latter part of the season he was promoted to the Monarchs. On September 12, Paige made his debut with the Monarchs against the American Giants. He went all five innings and would have gone all nine, but the game was called by darkness. The Monarchs won 9-3 and Paige struck out ten.

Because the Monarchs' season didn’t begin until July, Paige, with Wilkinson’s permission, bounced between his All-Star team (once named the “Travelers’) and NNL teams that needed him to sell out their parks. The New York Black Yankees were the first team to take advantage of Paige’s rebirth. While pitching for the Black Yankees, Life did a pictorial of him. In 1941DC-3 airplane just to ferry Paige around to his outside appearances. Wilkinson purchased a

On August 1, 1941, Paige made his first return to the East-West All Star Game in five years, collecting 305,311 votes, 40,000 more than the next highest player, Buck Leonard. Due to a minor injury to his left arm when he was hit by a pitch on July 23, 1941, he did not start the game, but because of his presence, 50,256 people packed Comiskey Park. Paige came in for the start of the eighth inning when the game was well in hand for the east 8-1. The only hit he gave up was a slow roller to the NNL’s new starting catcher — Josh Gibson was still in Mexico – the Baltimore Elite GiantsRoy Campanella.

On October 5, 1941, Wilkinson booked a game in Sportsman's Park between the Satchel Paige All-Stars and the Bob Feller All-Stars. The Fellers won the game 4-3 with St. Louis CardinalsStan Musial hitting a Paige fastball over the right field pavilion roof. After the season was over, Paige once again played in the California Winter League, this time he pitched against a team that had Jimmie Foxx and, coming off his .406 season, Ted Williams. rookie

Janet Paige finally caught up to Paige when she had him served with divorce papers while he was walking onto the field during a game at Wrigley Field. At his court date, on August 4, 1943, Paige’s divorce was finalized with him paying a one time payment of $1,500 plus $300 for attorney’s fees to Janet.

With America’s entrance into World War II, Paige committed himself to pitching in frequent exhibitions to sell war bonds and raise money for war-related charities. One such game was on May 24 at Wrigley Field against the Dizzy Dean All-Stars. The game, which was played to raise money for the Navy Relief Fund, was the first time a colored team ever played at Wrigley. With many of the major league’s best players in the service, including DiMaggio and Ted Williams, Paige, whose income was nearly $40,000, was easily the highest paid athlete in the world.

[] Integration in baseball

When Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson, a teammate of Paige, Paige realized that it was for the better that he himself wasn’t the first black in major league baseball. Robinson started in the minors, an insult that Paige would not have tolerated. By integrating baseball in the minor leagues first, the white major league players got the chance to “get used to” the idea of playing alongside black players. Understanding that, Paige said in his autobiography that, “Signing Jackie like they did still hurt me deep down. I’d been the guy who’d started all that big talk about letting us in the big time. I’d been the one who’d opened up the major league parks to colored teams. I’d been the one who the white boys wanted to go barnstorming against.” Paige, and all other black players, knew that quibbling about the choice of the first black player in the major leagues would do nothing productive, so, despite his inner feelings, Paige said of Robinson, “He’s the greatest colored player I’ve ever seen.”

After losing two of the first four games of the 1946 Negro League World Series, and not showing up at all for the last three games of the series, Paige and Bob Feller started barnstorming across the United States with their respective All-Star teams. The tour helped revive Paige’s reputation, which had languished since the 1942 Negro League World Series.

On October 12, 1947 in Hays, Kansas, Paige married his longtime girlfriend Lahoma Brown in a civil ceremony.

Finally, on July 7, 1948, with his Cleveland Indians in a pennant race and in desperate need of pitching, Indians owner Bill Veeck brought Paige in to try out with Indians player/manager Lou Boudreau. On that same day, Paige signed his first major league contract, for $40,000 for the three months remaining in the season, becoming the first Negro pitcher in the American League and the seventh Negro big leaguer overall.

[] Major Leagues

[] The Cleveland Indians

On July 9, 1948, with the St. Louis Browns beating the Indians 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Boudreau pulled his starting pitcher, Bob Lemon, and sent Paige in. Paige, not knowing the signs and not wanting to cross his catcher up, didn’t put too much on his first pitch, which Chuck Stevens lined a single into left field. Jerry Priddy bunted Stevens over to second. Up next was Whitey Platt, and Paige had had enough. He threw an overhand server for a strike and one sidearm for another strike. Paige then threw his Hesitation Pitch which put Platt in such a funk that he threw his bat forty feet up the third base line. Browns manager Zack Taylor bolted from the dugout to talk to umpire Bill McGowan about the pitch, claiming it was a balk, but McGowan let it stand as a strike. Paige then got Al Zarilla to fly out to end the inning. The following inning he gave up a leadoff single, but with his catcher having simplified his signals, Paige got the next batter to hit into a double play, followed by a pop fly. Larry Doby pinch hit for Paige the following inning.

Paige got his first big league victory on July 15, 1948, the night after he pitched in an exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in front of 65,000 people in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. It came at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The Indians were up 5-3 and the bases were loaded in the sixth inning of the second game of a double header. He got Eddie Joost to fly out to end the inning, but gave up two runs the next inning when Ferris Fain doubled and Hank Majeski hit a home run. Paige buckled down and gave up only one more hit the rest of the game, getting five of the next six outs on fly balls. Larry Doby and Ken Keltner hit home runs in the ninth to give the Indians an 8-5 victory.

Longtime Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse once said with amusement that Paige "threw a lot of pitches that were not quite 'legal' and not quite 'illegal'".

American League President Will Harridge eventually ruled the Hesitation Pitch definitely illegal and if thrown again it would result in a balk. Paige said, “I guess Mr. Harridge didn’t want me to show up those boys who were young enough to be my sons.”

On August 3, 1948, with the Indians one game behind the Athletics, Boudreau started Paige against the Washington Senators in Cleveland. The 72,562 people that saw the game set a new attendance record for a major league night game. Nervous, Paige walked two of the first three batters and then gave up a triple to Bud Stewart to fall behind 2-0. By the time he came out in the seventh, the Indians were up 4-2 and held on to give him his second victory.

His next start was at Comiskey Park in Chicago. 51,013 people paid to see the game, but many thousands more stormed the turnstiles and crashed into the park, overwhelming the few dozen ticket-takers. Paige went the distance, shutting out the White Sox 5-0, debunking the assumption that nine innings of pitching was now beyond his capabilities.

The Indians were in a heated pennant race on August 20, 1948. Coming into the game against the White Sox, Bob Lemon, Gene Bearden and Sam Zoldak had thrown shutouts to run up a thirty-inning scoreless streak, eleven shy of the big league record. 201,829 people had come to see his last three starts. For this game in Cleveland, 78,382 people came to see Paige, a full 6,000 more people than when he last broke the night attendance record. Paige went the distance, giving up two singles and one double for his second consecutive three hit shutout. At that point in the season, Paige was 5-1 with an astoundingly low 1.33 ERA. He made one appearance in the 1948 World Series. He pitched for two-thirds of an inning in Game Two while the Indians were trailing the Boston Braves, giving up a sacrifice fly to Warren Spahn, got called for a balk and struck out Tommy Holmes. The Indians ended up winning the series in six games. Paige ended the year with a 6-1 record with a 2.48 ERA, 2 shutouts, 43 strikeouts, 22 walks and 61 base hits allowed in 72 2/3 innings.

The year 1949 wasn’t nearly as good for Paige as 1948. He ended the season with a 4-7 record and was 1-3 in his starts with a 3.04 ERA. After the season, with Veeck selling the team to pay for his divorce, the Indians gave Paige his unconditional release.

[] The St. Louis Browns

Paige, penniless, returned to his barnstorming days after being released from the Indians. In 1950, he signed with the Philadelphia Stars in the Eastern Division of the Negro American League for $800 per game.

When Veeck bought an eighty percent interest in the St. Louis Browns, the first thing he did was sign Paige. In his first game back in the major leagues, on July 18, 1951, against the Washington Senators, Paige pitched six innings of shutout baseball, but was roughed up in the seventh, giving up three runs. He ended the season with a 3-4 record and a 4.79 ERA.

In 1952, Rogers Hornsby, an alleged former member of the Ku Klux Klan, took over as manager of the Browns. Despite past accusations of racism, Hornsby was less hesitant to use Paige than Boudreau was four years before. Paige was so effective that when Hornsby was fired by Veeck, his successor Marty Marion seemed not to want to risk going more than three games without using Paige in some form. By July 4, with Paige having worked in 25 games, Casey StengelAll-Star team, making him the first black pitcher on an AL All-Star team. The All-Star game was cut short after five innings due to rain and Paige never got in. Stengel resolved to name him to the team the following year. Paige finished the year 12-10 with a 3.07 ERA for a team that lost ninety games. named him to the American League

Stengel kept to his word and named Paige to the 1953 All-Star team despite Paige not having a very good year. He got in the game in the eighth inning. First Paige got Gil Hodges to line out, then after Roy Campanella singled up the middle, Eddie Mathews popped out. He then walked Duke Snider and Enos Slaughter lined a hit to center to score Campanella. National League pitcher Murry Dickson drove in Snider, but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double. Paige ended the year with a disappointing 3-9 record, but a respectable 3.53 ERA. Paige was released after the season when Veeck once again had to sell the team.

Paige once again returned to his barnstorming days with Abe Saperstein. They formed a baseball version of Saperstein’s Harlem Globetrotters. Paige then joined the real Globetrotters when he joined one of their most popular “reams” – the “baseball routine.” Paige would “pitch” the basketball to Goose Tatum, who would “bat” the ball with his arms, run around the “bases” and slide “home” safely. Paige never actually played on the team, though.[5] Although he was making a decent living, Paige grew tired of the constant travel. His family had grown with the birth of his fourth child and first son, Robert Leroy.

Paige then signed for $300 a month and a percentage of the gate to play for the Monarchs again. Then, on August 14, 1955, Paige signed a contract with the Greensboro Patriots of the Carolina League. He was scheduled to pitch at home three days later against the Philadelphia PhilliesReidsville Luckies, but before he could suit up, Phillies farm director Eddie CollinsGeorge Trautman, president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, to protest Paige’s appearance. Trautman, dealing with the integration of southern baseball against a Jim Crow backdrop, ruled that the signing was invalid, but the Greensboro team reminded him that the Carolina League had already approved the contract. Trautman then ruled that Greensboro could only use Paige in exhibition games. Unfortunately, Greensboro had already scheduled Paige to pitch in a regular season game which was sold out in advance and couldn’t change it to an exhibition. In the end, the game was canceled when Hurricane Diane hit the Carolinas. farm team, the wired

Bill Veeck once again came to Paige’s rescue when, after taking control of the Phillies' triple-A farm team, the Miami Marlins of the International League, he signed Paige to a contract for $15,000 and a percentage of the gate. Marlins manager Don Osborn didn’t want Paige and said that he would only use him in exhibition games. Veeck made a deal with Osborn that he could line up his best nine hitters, rotating them in from their positions in the field, and Veeck agreed to pay ten dollars to any of them who get a clean hit off of Paige. Paige retired all nine and Osborn agreed to make Paige a roster player. In Paige’s first game as a Marlin, he pitched a complete-game, four hit, shutout. Osborn, a former minor league pitcher, taught Paige the proper way to throw a curveball, which allowed Paige to tear through the International League. Paige finished the season 11-4 with an ERA of 1.86 with 79 strikeouts and only 28 walks. This time, when Veeck left the team, Paige was allowed to stay on, for two more years.

In 1957 the Marlins finished in sixth place, but Paige had a 10-8 record with 76 strikeouts versus 11 walks and 2.42 ERA. The following year, Osborn was replaced as manager by Kerby Farrell who wasn’t as forgiving when it came to Paige missing curfews or workouts. He was fined several times throughout the year and finished 10-10, saying that he would not return to Miami the following season.

After the season ended, Paige went to the Mexican state of Durango to appear in a United ArtistsThe Wonderful Country, starring Robert Mitchum and Julie London. Paige played Sgt. Tobe Sutton, a hard-bitten Union army cavalry sergeant of a segregated black unit. He was paid $10,000 to be in it, and the movie became the pride of his life. movie,

Paige was in and out of baseball, pitching sporadically, over the next decade.

[] Post-playing career

Late in 1960 Paige began collaborating with writer David Lipman on his autobiography, which was to be published by Doubleday in April 1962. It was so successful that Doubleday issued three printings.

At the age of 56, in 1961 Paige signed on with the Triple-A Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, pitching twenty-five innings, striking out 19 and giving up 18 earned runs. He failed to record a single decision in his stint with the Beavers.

In 1965, Kansas City Athletics owner Charles O. Finley signed Paige, 59 at the time, for one game. On September 25, against the Boston Red Sox, Finley invited several Negro League veterans including Cool Papa Bell to be introduced before the game. Paige was in the bullpen, sitting on a rocking chair, being served coffee by a “nurse” between innings. He started the game by getting Jim Gosger out on a pop foul. The next man, Dalton Jones, reached first and went to second on an infield error, but was thrown out trying to reach third on a pitch in the dirt. Carl Yastrzemski doubled and Tony Conigliaro hit a fly ball to end the inning. The next six batters went down in order, including a strikeout of Bill Monbouquette. In the fourth inning, Paige took the mound, to be removed according to plan by Haywood Sullivan. He walked off to a boisterous ovation despite the small crowd of 9,000. The lights dimmed and, led by the PA announcer, the fans lit matches and cigarette lighters while singing “The Old Gray Mare.”

In 1966, Paige pitched in his last game, getting some measure of revenge when he pitched for the Carolina League’s Peninsula Pilots of Hampton, Virginia, against the very same Greensboro Patriots who had been forced to release him before his first pitch back in 1955. Paige gave up two runs in the first, threw a scoreless second and then left, never to return as a player in organized baseball again. (Interestingly, Peninsula used their backup catcher that day, rather than play their regular starter, a kid named Johnny Bench.)

Also in 1966 Paige pitched for the semipro Anchorage Earthquakers, a team that barnstormed through Canada. In 1967 Paige appeared with the Globetrotters in Chicago and lowered himself to play with the Indianapolis Clowns for $1,000 a month.

In 1968 Paige assumed the position of deputy sheriff in Kansas City, with the understanding that he need not bother to actually come to work in the sheriff’s office. The purpose of the charade was to set up Paige with political credentials. Soon after, he was running for a Missouri state assembly seat with the support of the local Democratic club. Candidate Paige never gave a speech, and was never taken seriously. Paige lost the election in a landslide.

In August of 1969, the owner of the Atlanta Braves, William Bartholomay, signed Paige to a contract running through the 1969 season – supposedly as a pitching coach, but actually to raise some fan interest in the club’s new hometown at the same time that he was meeting Paige’s pension requirements. Paige did most of his coaching from his living room in Kansas City.

Bowie Kuhn replaced William Eckert as the Commissioner of Baseball in 1969. In the wake of Ted Williams' 1966 Hall of Fame induction speech urging induction of Negro Leaguers, and on the recommendation of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kuhn empowered a ten-man committee to sift through hundreds of names and nominate the first group of four Negro League players to go to the Hall of Fame. Because Paige pitched in Greensboro in 1966, he would not have been eligible for enshrinement until 1971, as players have to be out of professional baseball for at least five years before they can be elected. All of the men on the committee agreed that Paige had to be the first Negro league player to get elected, so this gave Kuhn plenty of time to create some sort of Negro league branch in the Hall of Fame. On February 9, 1971 Kuhn announced that Paige would be the first member of the Negro wing of the Hall of Fame. Because many in the press saw the suggestion of a "Negro wing" as separate-but-equal and blasted major league baseball for the idea, by the time that Paige’s induction came around on August 9, Kuhn convinced the owners and the private trust of the Hall of Fame that there should be no separate wing after all. It was decided that all who had been chosen and all who would be chosen would get their plaques in the “regular” section of the Hall of Fame.

In an article in Esquire magazine in 1976, sportswriter Harry Stein published an article called the "All Time All-Star Argument Starter", a list of five ethnic baseball teams. Paige, a choice Stein meant more out of sentiment than anything else, was the relief pitcher on his black team.

On May 31, 1981, a made-for-television movie titled Don’t Look Back, starring Louis Gossett Jr.Beverly Todd as Lahoma aired. Paige was paid $10,000 for his story and technical advice. In the spring of 1981 Paige was made vice president of the Triple-A Springfield RedbirdsAmerican Association, but this was in title only. In August, with great difficulty because of health problems, he attended a reunion of Negro League players held in Ashland, Kentucky that paid special tribute to himself and Cool Papa Bell. Attending the reunion were Willie Mays, Buck Leonard, Monte Irvin, Judy Johnson, Chet Brewer, Gene Benson, Bob Feller and Happy Chandler. as Paige and of the

During a power failure on June 8, 1982, Paige died of a heart attack at his home in Kansas City, a month before his 76th birthday. He is buried on Paige Island in the Forest Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City.

In 1996, Paige was played by Delroy Lindo in the made-for-cable film Soul of the Game, which also starred Mykelti Williamson as Josh Gibson, Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson, Edward Herrmann as Branch Rickey and Jerry Hardin as Commissioner Happy Chandler.

In 1999, he ranked Number 19 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

Satchel Paige stated in the book, Pitchin' Man by Hal Lebovitz—as well as numerous articles, that one of his greatest disappointments was, "I never pitched to Babe Ruth." The Babe Ruth All-Stars did play exhibition games against Negro leaguers but Paige and Ruth never faced off against each other.

On July 28, 2006, a statue of Satchel Paige was unveiled in Cooper Park, Cooperstown, New York commemorating the contributions of the Negro Leagues to baseball.

[] Pitch names

  • Hesitation Pitch
  • Bat Dodger
  • Hurry-Up Ball
  • Midnight Rider
  • Four-Day Creeper
  • Nothin’
  • Bee Ball
  • Jump Ball
  • Trouble Ball
  • The Two-Hump Blooper
  • Long Tom
  • The Barber
  • Little Tom

[] "Rules for Staying Young"

Paige's rules originally appeared in the June 13, 1953 issue of Collier's. The version below is taken from his autobiography Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (as told to David Lipman, 1962):

  1. "Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood."
  2. "If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts."
  3. "Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move."
  4. "Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society — the social ramble ain't restful."
  5. "Avoid running at all times."
  6. "And don't look back — something might be gaining on you."

The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book, Brendan C. Boyd & Fred C. Harris, Little Brown & Co, 1973, restates these rules on p.48, and adds the following:

"Satchel Paige could have been the greatest pitcher in major league history, if he'd been given the chance. Don't look back, America, something might be gaining on you."

[] Satchel Paige in Popular Culture


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