By Larry Tye
He's that infrequent American icon who hasn't ever been captured in a biography priceless of him. Now, eventually, here's the perfectly researched, spellbindingly informed tale of athlete, showman, thinker, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.
Through dogged learn and vast interviews, award-winning writer and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the reality approximately this majestic and enigmatic pitcher. this is the stirring account of the kid born to a terrible Alabama washerwoman, the boy who earned his nickname from his enterprising paintings as a railroad porter, and the younger guy who took up baseball at the streets and in reform college ahead of changing into the famous person hurler of the Negro Leagues.
In unheard of aspect, Tye finds how Paige, damage and offended while Jackie Robinson beat him in breaking the Majors’ colour barrier, emerged on the inconceivable age of forty-two to aid propel the Cleveland Indians to the area sequence. (“Age is a case of brain over matter,” he said. “If you don’t brain, it don’t matter.”)
Rewriting our heritage of baseball’s integration with Paige within the starring position and isolating fact from legend, Satchel is a narrative as huge as this larger-than-life man.
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What drew him to baseball, and to creating a profession out of activities, was once that he had already comprehensive what he might as a top-rung participant and supervisor in basketball at a time while baseball had fewer limitations to a person together with his ability, force, and epidermis colour. He all started taking part in outfield for the Grays in 1911, turned the team’s supervisor in 1917, and owned it by means of the early Nineteen Twenties. He speedy replaced the club’s personality. long gone have been such a lot of Carnegie’s steelworkers from dwelling house, changed with the simplest ballplayers Posey might locate wherever. He paid salaries excessive adequate to maintain the athletes he recruited, pampered his males to the purpose of making sure each one received his favourite sandwich after a online game, and refused, for all yet a few early life, to percentage the Grays’ glory or sales with the broader Negro Leagues. The outdated proprietor of the Grays and the recent one of many Crawfords have been polar opposites, which spiced up their pageant. the previous was once a significant collage guy, the latter a dropout. The hulking Greenlee distanced himself from his kin and lived at the city’s suggest streets. Posey, who used to be a whole six inches shorter and sixty-five kilos lighter, relished the benefit and entry that got here along with his inherited position between black Pittsburgh’s first households. And whereas Greenlee used to be a grasp self-promoter and activities fan, he gave the impression of a greenhorn subsequent to Posey, a activities impresario and novice journalist whose father used to be the 1st president of The Pittsburgh Courier, one among America’s top-selling black papers. but for all that separated them, Greenlee and Posey either knew that successful used to be every thing they usually borrowed each one other’s tips to make that take place. Posey could flip to Homestead’s largest numbers racketeer to bail him out of monetary issues simply as Greenlee raided different groups, together with Posey’s, to fill his roster with stars. Augustus Greenlee all started dating Leroy Paige virtually once he took keep an eye on of the Craws in 1930. Gus despatched a notice announcing there has been an opportunity he might collect the pitcher the subsequent season. Satchel answered that there has been an opportunity he might come. really, each one sought after and wanted the opposite. For an insignificant $250 a month the landlord landed the participant who, greater than any, might elevate the Crawfords to ascendancy over the Grays and provides Gus a percentage of the highlight that were Cum’s. the cut price rate mirrored the proof that the Negro Leagues have been in transition from the previous period of Rube Foster to a brand new one the place Posey and Greenlee might dominate, and Satchel used to be stagnating in Cleveland the place his staff used to be loss of life. The pitcher set out for Pittsburgh virtually as decided as Gus to make the Crawfords a winner. Greenlee, figuring out that Satchel played most sensible with a well-recognized aiding forged, went approximately buying pleasant faces. From Cleveland he introduced Sam Streeter, a former grey who batted from the ideal aspect, pitched from the left, and were within the rotation with Satchel at the Black Barons in addition to the Cleveland Cubs. different newbies have been Jimmy Crutchfield, Satchel’s previous teammate from Birmingham, and Cy Perkins, who had cemented his acceptance as Paige’s own catcher.