Satchel Paige was 42 years old when he became the first black pitcher in the American League in 1948. Although the oldest rookie around, he was already a legend. For 22 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. This is his autobiography, as told to David Lipman.More
"Lipman...has preserved the flavor and cadence of Paige's conversation and writes his story honestly, avoiding neither the tragedies nor the escapades which mark his career." (Booklist)
"Not only was Satchel Paige an amazing athlete, he was one of the great American humorists in the tradition of Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and Yogi Berra. The most famous black player of his era shines through the pages of this remarkable autobiography." (John B. Holway)
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