In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to callSatchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige's skillful batting and amazing pitchingwith his "trouble ball" and "bat dodger" kept the game close. Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatnessand the injustice of segregated baseball?
About the Author
Robert Skead is the author of several popular children's books. When he is not at work or crafting stories, Robert can often be found at schools speaking with children and adults about creative writing and the importance of discovering one's talent for a fulfilled life. Through these author visits, Robert speaks to more than 5,000 students per year. Robert lives with his wife and children in New Jersey. For more information about his school author visits and writing workshops, visit www.robertskead.com.
Floyd Cooper is a Coretta Scott King Award winner and the illustrator of Ruth and the Green Book. Floyd received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.