Leroy “Satchel” Paige was a man of many words—boastful, brash, bitter, wise. Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever is Paige’s story in his own words. It is unadulterated Satchel, as pure as knee-high smoke over a book of matches.
Satchel Paige is an American icon. It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic life than his—from troubled kid, to young Negro Leagues star, to world-famous entertainer, to pioneer of the Major Leagues—a daredevil, showman, athlete extraordinaire. Paige played on dozens of teams, threw hundreds of no hitters, and had thousands of wild adventures—many of which actually happened!
Some legends assign men their proper place in history. Others distort or exaggerate their worth. And once in a while the legend falls short; the man is greater than his accumulated history and acclaim. One such man is Satchel Paige.
Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever brings us up close to Satchel Paige. But part of him remains out of reach—evasive and enigmatic—a step ahead of the owners, the women, the opposition—inevitably beyond us. We will never fully grasp the legend or the man, never catch up to his fastball. In that way, Satchel Paige will pitch forever.
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Is it still arrogance when you really are that good? Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, and he knew it. This autobiography, told to David Lipman in the early 1960s, is an extremely entertaining account of Paige's astonishingly long career in professional baseball, from barnstorming across the country to the Negro Leagues to several seasons in the majors (including Paige beingseriously considered for Rookie of the Year at the ripe old age of 42). At multiple points throughout the book, Paige laments the racism that kept him out of the majors; he heard many times "If only you were white...." and he knew full well that not only was he good enough for the majors, he was good enough to be one of the best in history. He expresses private bitterness at not being the man chosen to integrate the major leagues, though as he admits his personality presumably had more to do with that than his talent, even in his 40s.Paige was a notorious bullshitter, and it's best not to believe everything you read here; read it for the descriptions of an incredible career told entertainingly, not for a precisely detailed and 100% history. Recommended for baseball history fans.
This is Paige's life story in his own words. The great stories he shares are truely timeless and ought to be shared with younger fans as they ask questions about Negro League baseball. The dry wit with which he tells his stories are only equalled by Yogi Berra and Bob Eucker. I'd have to say that they are the funniest men in all of baseball. Even crazier than his life on the field were Paige's escapades on the road. He never seemed to have problems making new friends and he stayed in shape off the diamond by hunting and dancing. His story is picked up in the Afterward from after the time he left the Kansas City A's, so that's not to be skipped either.