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Tye, a Boston Globe reporter and author of The Father of Spin, offers the first biography on Satchel Paige, the premier pitcher of the Negro Leagues. Having interviewed more than 200 veteran fellow players of the Negro and Major Leagues, he is able to flesh out the Satchel Paige persona. Through PaigeÖs hardscrabble years in Jim Crow Alabama to his time with the all-black Monarchs, one of the powerhouses in segregated colored ball, Tye dissects SatchelÖs mastery of pitching, his accuracy, power and velocity, and signature pitch, the sizzler. Satchel was among the peerless Negro Leaguers, who beat the white big leaguers more than 60% of the time; he struck out some of the biggest sluggers, like Ralph Kiner, Rogers Hornsby and even Joe DiMaggio, who got one hit off of Satchel and was signed by the Yankees immediately. He became one of four black athletes signed up in the late 1940s, with the Cleveland Indians, three years after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers (the two men were bitter rivals). This is the definitive biography of a black showman-athlete, and as Tye makes the case, one of the finest pitchers ever, who finally was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. (July)
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Critics agreed that Tye's greatest challenge was to separate the truth of Paige's life from the fiction, promulgated by the shamelessly self-aggrandizing Paige himself. To this end, Tye researched Paige's life thoroughly, scrutinizing source documents from birth records to FBI files and conducting more than 200 interviews with Paige's family and friends. Tye's fondness for his subject is obvious, but that doesn't prevent him from debunking the myths surrounding Paige's life. However, a couple of critics felt that Tye was still too credulous, and others considered some of his arguments a bit tenuous. Though Tye has unearthed some eye-opening information -- for example, Paige was a bigamist -- Satchel is no racy, tell-all biography but a balanced examination of a legendary athlete and pioneer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
If you love baseball you'll love this book. Satch was a pioneer.Published 13 days ago by Janet L. Muck
It is sad that Satchel wasn't chosen to integrate baseball because no one deserved more. In 1963 I played for a semi-pro team against the Kansas City Monarchs and batted twice... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Joe L. Beck
If I were to ask you to name the greatest pitchers of all-time, you’d probably throw me back a list that included Christy Mathewson, Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SportsChump
Very well researched, this in-depth bio touches all the bases in presenting the extraordinary career of the all-time great pitcher Satchel PaigePublished 1 month ago by William J. Harper
Very detailed and interesting account of one of baseball's most intriguing players. Each book on him seems to come up with additional information.Published 2 months ago by Roger Meyer
I highly recommend this book. I like how the author talks about the late 20's when satchel starting pitching thru the 30's and eventually getting to the early 80's when he died. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas R. Garcia
One more mystery of life has been cleared up.
Satchel Paige's story seems to have fully told for the first time. And what a story it is. Read more