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Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 16, 2010
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With that scenario as a backdrop, Timothy M Gay has compiled a wonderful story of how three of the game's most colorful, and talented performers - Satchel Paige, Dizzy Dean and Bob Feller - got together during an off-season to create some magic for a nation in the throes of the Great Depression; and give fans a preview of interracial baseball, long before Jackie Robinson officially broke the color barrier in 1947.
The performances of the players were never recorded in the official archives of major league baseball; but for the fans who witnessed the action - on and off the field - this was as good as it gets; and the memories lasted a lifetime.
Satchel Paige, Dizzy Dean and Bob Feller are the main characters in these barnstorming exhibition games which started in 1934 and continued through 1947. Barnstorming was a way for entrepreneurial baseball players to try to earn some extra money. These interracial exhibition games "combing back roads, were part of the last gasp before television, mass marketing and interstate highways forever dulled our culture."
Gay writes that the interracial exhibition games "helped puncture baseball apartheid. They went a long way toward making the game the national pastime."
Satch and Dizzy first battled each other in 1934 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in front of 17,000. They both pitched 13 innings and Dizzy struck out 13 and gave up one run, while Satch struck out 17 and hurled a shutout. While the fabled match up has been recounted by Bill Veeck and others, no record of the game has been found.
Feller first met Satch in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1936 as a 17-year-old. The last time they faced each other was Nov. 2, 1947, in Los Angeles. By 1947, baseball integration had taken away the novelty of interracial barnstorming and the days of baseball's two fastest pitchers matching skills against each other were virtually over.
Feller's 1946 barnstorming tour was called "the most successful in baseball history." His teams played 22 games, including 19 against the Satchel Paige Negro All-Stars. Feller's squad went 17-5 and drew 250,000 fans.Read more ›
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"Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert" makes wonderful history. Despite my age, the 1930s games between MLB and NL stars had never reached my eyes and ears. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by Al Oickle
I love baseball history and this seems like prime territory to goldmine--the old barnstorming off-season baseball tours when blacks and whites would play against and even with each... Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Brian Maitland
Good Book- Well Researched- Always enjoy reading about Satchel Paige and Dizzy Dean- Both two of the great characaters of the game.Published on September 29, 2011 by Scooter Barry
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK BY TIMOTHY GRAY. HE GIVES US A LOT OF FACTS AND GAME BY GAME REPORT OF A SIGNIFICANT ERA IN BASEBALL AND ALSO IN THE UNITED STATES. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by COOL JEWEL
On page 157 the author states that the "class D Des Moines Demons" were interested in Bob Feller. The Des Moines Demons were in the class "A" Western League in the 1930's. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by tachyon
The sub-title is somewhat misleading as I did not find the book to be very wild. Nevertheless I believe most readers would consider this book a good introduction into the lives of... Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Indian Prairie Public Library
I was really disappointed with this book. I was hoping to learn more about Paige, Dean, and Feller than this book tells. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Judith C. Kinney
Summoning the same engrossing prose with which he penned his seminal 2007 biography of Tris Speaker, Tim Gay once again fills in an otherwise headshaking gap in the literary... Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Bill Scheft
Tim Gay's second book is a detailed, entertaining account of an under-reported period in baseball history: the integrated barnstorming tours between major league and Negro League... Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Jacob Pomrenke