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Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

by James Sturm

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Series: The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents

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Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero.… (more)
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We have the opportunity to capture a snippet of the life of Satchel Paige's life in the Negro Leagues through the eyes of a one time baseball player, now share cropper. The story begins when a young baseball player in the Negro League, Emmet, faces pitcher Satchel Paige and gets a hit. As he slides into home plate he damages his knee and he must go back home to be a share cropper. Emmet tells the story of life during the time of Jim Crow laws and gives us a snapshot of Paige's life on the road playing baseball before the major league teams were integrated.

The highlight of the book tells the tale of a game between Satchel Pages negro team and a white team - the Tuckwilla All-Stars. Emmett brings his son, Emmet Jr., to see the great pitcher. Paige doesn't come in until the middle of the game, but when he does he takes charge. Paige's fastball and curveball made him a favorite among both black and white fans.

While the title and many scenes focus on Satchel Paige, this is also a story about the difficulties of being African American in the early 1900's. Baseball players made a better living than most, but the conditions under which they played were difficult. The images, drawn in black, white, and green add to this well told story. ( )
  hlevy | Apr 16, 2017 |
Because this book's primary focus is not on the actual life and career of Satchel Paige, the title could be viewed as misleading. Due to its graphic format, this book will especially appeal to reluctant readers. I found the subject matter to be interesting and enlightening. However, it may be better suited to upper elementary school or middle school students. This book does a very credible job of exposing the Jim Crow prejudice of that sad era in our country's history. Including it in a classroom's or library's Black History unit would help the instructor graph the progress that has been made thus far in our country's adherence to its original proclamation that all people are created equal. The graphics have a black and white, historical feel to them and therefore compliment the story very well. ( )
  cherieem | Jan 30, 2016 |
Everything published by the Center for Cartoon Studies is worth reading! ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
Sad story about an African American sharecropper (and his family) who leaves baseball because of an injured knee. Story shows the mistreatment of African Americans on plantations in the South in the early 20th century (1929 on). The man's hope is restored after seeing Satchel Paige (and his team) defeat a baseball team with local men.
  SASegsworth | Jun 13, 2013 |
This story takes place in the 1930's. It tells the story of a young black man who leaves his wife and child to make it big as a Negro ballplayer. The young ballplayer hits a ball that was pitched by the hot shot pitcher Satchel Paige. Although the young player makes it home he injures his leg and can never play ball again. Fast forward to 1944 and the young player takes his young son to a All-Star game that is to feature this great ball player.
The illustrations are very simple and done in muted colors. The story is slow but information in the time period. You get a sense of the treatment of black American's at the time. You can feel the excitement of the game and Satchel Paige himself.
This would be a great read for a young African American boy or any baseball fan. The story covers racism and shows that you can rise above it and succeed. The end also has a more in depth biographer of the great ballplayer and connects the story to real life events. ( )
  jscheper | Nov 13, 2009 |
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Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero.

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