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Satchel Paige was forty-two years old in 1948 when he became the first black pitcher in the American League. Although the oldest rookie around, he was already a legend. For twenty-two years, beginning in 1926, Paige dazzled throngs with his performance in the Negro Baseball Leagues. Then he outlasted everyone by playing professional baseball, in and out of the majors, until 1965. Struggle—against early poverty and racial discrimination—was part of Paige's story. So was fast living and a humorous point of view. His immortal advice was "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
|Publisher:||UNP - Bison Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)|
About the Author
That inimitable personality is recalled in an introduction by John B. Holway, the author of Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues (1992). David Lipman's afterword describes the last twenty years of Paige's life, including the proud moment in 1971 when he became one of the first three great players from the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There was Bobby Feller, Walter Johnson, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Dizzy Dean, Steve Dalkowalski, Christy Mathewson, Stan Coveleskie and Carl Mays but Satchel Paige was better then then all.
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.