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Satchel Paige (c.1906-1975) was quite rightfully a legend and quite understandably he liked to keep it that way. By the time the Negro League pitching great outlasted major league's racial ban, he was already 42; certainly no other Rookie of the Year had ever accumulated so much worldly wisdom. As Larry Tye's authoritative biography demonstrates, Paige was no man's fool, even when media tried to present him as a bumbling Stepin Fetchit or compliant Uncle Tom. When Satchel finally retired in the mid-1960s, he had earned a place for himself in baseball and American history. Now in paperback.