Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry TyeAs a baseball fan this was a very enjoyable book for me. I enjoyed learning about Satchel Paige who was a fantastic ball player who pushed the boundaries his entire life.
Living in Kansas City and knowing the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Ive heard stories over the years about the Monarchs, Satchel Paige and Buck ONeil. Buck was a supporter of the organization where I work and I missed meeting him by a few months. So, I recognize several names in this book. If you are in Kansas City, love baseball, stop by the Museum, it has a lot of fascinating history.
This book does jump around a lot but it has so much history and information that I want to know more about Satchel and about the Negro Leagues. Glad I found this on the shelf at the library. If you like baseball and the history of baseball, definitely pick this up.
Satchel Paige on Satchel's Age -- And Other Topics
Satchel Paige (1906 - 1982)
Paige was a right-handed pitcher, and at age 42 in , was the oldest major league rookie while playing for the Cleveland Indians. He played with the St. Louis Browns until age 47, and represented them in the All-Star Game in and He was the first player who had played in the Negro leagues to pitch in the World Series, in , and was the first electee of the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame , in Paige first played for the semi-professional Mobile Tigers from to He began his professional baseball career in with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League and became one of the most famous and successful players from the Negro leagues. While his outstanding control as a pitcher first got him noticed, it was his infectious, cocky, enthusiastic personality and his love for the game that made him a star.
It is estimated that Leroy "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, The mere idea that his birthday is an estimate provides perfect evidence to the mystery that was Satchel Paige. In , 60 years after Paige's supposed birthday, he took the mound for the last time, throwing three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics. His pitching was amazing and his showboating was legendary. His career highlights span five decades. Pronounced the greatest pitcher in the history of the Negro Leagues, Paige compiled such feats as 64 consecutive scoreless innings, a stretch of 21 straight wins, and a record in For 22 years, Paige mauled the competition in front of sellout crowds.
At a Glance …. Legend and folklore surround the career of pitcher Satchel Paige. Only a single indisputable fact emerges: Paige was one of the very best baseball players to take the mound in the twentieth century. The cruel irony of his life is that his best years were spent not in major league baseball as we know it today, but rather in the Negro Leagues and in numerous exhibition games. Paige, whose fastball was once clocked at miles per hour, never performed for a major league team until he was well into his forties — and past his prime. It was said that when he really poured a baseball in to the plate with his full strength, it might tear the glove off the catcher. The seventh of eleven children of John and Lula Paige, he grew up poor and needy in the segregated South.
Paige, Satchel 1906–1982
Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was born circa July 7, , in Mobile, Alabama, and honed his pitching talents in reform school. Denied entry to the Major Leagues, he began his professional baseball career in the Negro Leagues in and became its most famous showman., He grew up loving baseball, but received no formal training in the game until age 13, when an arrest for shoplifting landed him in the Alabama Reform School for Juvenile Negro Lawbreakers.
He was the seventh child of twelve born to John and Lula Coleman Paige. Because John Paige was often unemployed, the family lived in poverty. We threw rocks. As Satchel grew older, he helped support his family. Satchel rarely attended school.
He is rated as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. Paige, who received his distinctive nickname as a young railroad porter, honed his baseball skills while in reform school. He entered the Negro leagues playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in Wearing a false red beard, he also played for the House of David team a team fielded by a communal Christian religious sect that forbade its male members to shave or cut their hair. As a barnstormer, he would travel as many as 30, miles 48, km a year while pitching for any team willing to meet his price. He is reputed to have pitched a total of 2, games during his nearly year career, winning 2, of them.