March 8, 2021
For fans of baseball and larger-than-life sports figures, look no further than Larry Tye’s Satchel, the story of the legendary Satchel Paige.
Paige was the first African American player to pitch in a Major League World Series game, the first player to make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame for his time in the Negro Leagues, and the oldest player—at 59—to pitch in the Majors. As Kansas Citians, we’re especially proud of his time with the Monarchs. If Tye hit these highlights alone, the book would still make for a thrilling read; instead, he carefully and comprehensively crafts Satchel’s story from records and the personal accounts of those who knew him best, creating an enthralling narrative.
Paige was a man who knew his value, on the field and off; he was a ballplayer with the talent and drive to back up his swagger. He captivated fans with his skills and irritated other players with antics like his trademark slow-motion walk to the mound and his bombastic triple-windmill wind-ups.
A natural entertainer, Paige knew he was there for the fans but never demeaned himself. He was an undeniable draw throughout his career, bringing in fans across color lines. He broke barriers, playing integrated ball a decade before Jackie Robinson.
Satchel is a read you can really sink your teeth into. Rich with facts and lore, the thrill of America’s pastime, legendary names, and drama, this home run of a book will bring you cheering to your feet.
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