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Satchel Paige Baseball Hall Of Famer Leroy Satchel Paige Changed The Face Of The Game In A Career That Spanned Five Decades Much Has Been Written About This Larger Than Life Pitcher, But When It Comes To Paige, Fact Does Not Easily Separate From Fiction He Made A Point Of Writing His Own Historyand Then Re Writing It A Tall, Lanky Fireballer, He Was Arguably The Negro League S Hardest Thrower, Most Entertaining Storyteller And Greatest Gate Attraction Now The Center For Cartoon Studies Turns A Graphic Novelist S Eye To Paige S Story Told From The Point Of View Of A Sharecropper, This Compelling Narrative Follows Paige From Game To Game As He Travels Throughout The Segregated South In Stark Prose And Powerful Graphics, Author And Artist Share The Story Of A Sports Hero, Role Model, Consummate Showman, And Era Defining American


10 thoughts on “Satchel Paige

  1. says:

    Our unnamed hero decides in 1929 to support his family by becoming a professional baseball player It might have worked out too had he not played early on against the great Satchel Paige and busted his knee Now he works as a sharecropper in the deep South and times are hard His son is beaten by the white landowners for going to school rather than working their fields and there s little to be done about it Then, one day, Satchel Paige is advertised as coming to play the local white baseball te Our unnamed hero decides in 1929 to support his family by becoming a professional baseball player It might have worked out too had he not played early on against the great Satchel Paige and busted his knee Now he works as a sharecropper in the deep South and times are hard His son is beaten by the white landowners for going to school rather than working their fields and there s little to be done about it Then, one day, Satchel Paige is advertised as coming to play the local white baseball team and everyone turns out At first Paige doesn t show and the game grows tense Yet by the end of the day Paige s eventual presence causes an outpouring of support from all sides and colors In the midst of all this, the narrator decides to finally tell his son about his baseball days and remind his child that he still has options.The idea of placing Paige within the context of his times by narrating through someone else is inspired and probably why the book works as well as it does The fictional sharecropper who tells his own story first and how Paige intersected with it second, is a great character because you can feel the reality of his situation The danger of writing any book for children that discusses Jim Crow is that your author is going to dumb down the material Make light of the horror of the time, even Sturm is very clever in this respect He drills home both the constant threat of violence present at the time alongside the beating down of the spirit When the sharecropper s son goes to school instead of helping in the fields a horrific segment brings these horrors together As for illustrator Rich Tommaso, he doesn t have to show anythat the simplest of images to complement these moments You might hear about a cotton sack tied around his head Blood leakin through the sack, but the next panels are just of the boy s mother boiling water quietly and carefully Against this backdrop, Paige s appearance is as welcome to the characters as it is the readers And a book that can elicit a direct connection between character and reader has done its job and done it well.It s clear that ample research was done on this book, particularly when you consider the authenticity of the narrator s life The back of the book is filled too with Panel Discussions which lift select images from the book s panels and give a little historical background to things like the African American press, barnstorming, and lynching, to name but a few The rest of the book just feels right Not like a current author trying to shoehorn himself into a historical record, but like the words were tripping out of the narrator s mouth directly into your ear With its misleadingly simple images and deep vein of authenticity, Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow comes across as a biography of necessity It s not a replacement for those other bios with their focus centered squarely on the hero in question, but rather as a perfect complement Anyone can learn a fact or two about Satchel Paige How much rarer it is to feel firsthand why it is that people considered his existence extraordinary Beautiful, harsh, and real


  2. says:

    I grabbed this book from the public library thinking it would be a high interest read that I could share with my students Since 42 , a movie about Jackie Robinson, is so popular now I thought this would be a great connection to something they were familiar with The introduction set the stage for the story of an elite baseball player who d face hardships along the way to the top Yet, on page one you immediately find out that the story is told from the perspective of another young man leaving I grabbed this book from the public library thinking it would be a high interest read that I could share with my students Since 42 , a movie about Jackie Robinson, is so popular now I thought this would be a great connection to something they were familiar with The introduction set the stage for the story of an elite baseball player who d face hardships along the way to the top Yet, on page one you immediately find out that the story is told from the perspective of another young man leaving home to play in the Negro League After an encounter with Satchel Paige and an abrupt career ending injury, the narrator transitions the story to a little town in Alabama where he recounts the plight of Southern sharecroppers in the 1930 s and 1940 s I felt the storyline was of a serious and informative topic, but I also felt mislead Paige is mentioned again only once briefly until his cameo at the end of the story There he displays his skill and dramatic flair or playfulness while on the field to the chagrin of his competitors To my amusement he humiliates the local white team including twin brothers who own most of the land in Tuckwilla, and who d beat the narrators son earlier in the story The narrator and his son savor the victory, but the story seems soured to me because of references from the Introduction, story, and Panel Discussions make Paige out to beof an entrepreneur than a sports hero or civil rights activist Although many such players traveled to play as many games as possible for the money, Paige often showed up late or missed games if he could makemoney somewhere else My biggest complaint is that there are so few references about Satchel Paige as a person Throughout the story he is only described by his appearance, mannerisms, and talents as an athlete and entertainer The subject matter of the story was acceptable, but the storyline and the language seemed forced I was neither engrossed or entertained by this graphic novel, merely informed


  3. says:

    SUMMARY This book weaves together biography and fiction, with the real part concerning Satchel Paige, a famous African American baseball player during the 1920s through the 1940s The point of view is told from a man named Emmet, who comprises the fictional aspect of the story Emmet was a promising minor league player himself, who scored a run on a steal versus Paige in 1929 While sliding into home base, his knee sustained a serious injury, and that was his last baseball game The book focuse SUMMARY This book weaves together biography and fiction, with the real part concerning Satchel Paige, a famous African American baseball player during the 1920s through the 1940s The point of view is told from a man named Emmet, who comprises the fictional aspect of the story Emmet was a promising minor league player himself, who scored a run on a steal versus Paige in 1929 While sliding into home base, his knee sustained a serious injury, and that was his last baseball game The book focuses on Emmet, though Emmet keeps tabs on Satchel, and eventually Satchel s team comes to Emmet s town in Tuckwilla, Alabama to face off against the best players from town.EVALUATION I found this book interesting and intriguing, in tone and writing The artwork is colored with sepia tones, an interesting and unusual choice for this medium That is one of the bonuses of graphic novels there are so many different styles and ways to represent the art, and most of them work very well WHY I WOULD INCLUDE IT I would not normally enjoy reading a story about baseball, or many other sports This sort of thing would normally bore me, only written in prose Yet something magical happens when the words are combined with the pictures and then I am able to focus on what s really important the segregation issues and how Emmet s family coped I even became interested in the baseball part of the novel, and if this book could affect me in this way, it will affect others This is a part of history that we should not forget, in order to prevent it from ever happening again, and the tweens of today should be educated on it Tweens arelikely to want to read books with serious subject matter if they are presented in a graphic novel format, and this book fits the bill perfectly


  4. says:

    I m fascinated by Satchel Paige, and I had high hopes for this It was good, but not as good as it could have been The framing device is a fictional farmer who had a brief career in Negro League baseball before an injury in a game against Satchel ended his career As much as Satchel features in this book, it barely feels like a book about Satchel It sabout the unpleasantness of Jim Crow and segregation, as experienced by the fictional farmer The story of the injustices faced by this far I m fascinated by Satchel Paige, and I had high hopes for this It was good, but not as good as it could have been The framing device is a fictional farmer who had a brief career in Negro League baseball before an injury in a game against Satchel ended his career As much as Satchel features in this book, it barely feels like a book about Satchel It sabout the unpleasantness of Jim Crow and segregation, as experienced by the fictional farmer The story of the injustices faced by this farmer are solved in a happy ending that feels extremely tacked on, and somewhat dishonest I realize that the target audience for this book is children, but I don t think this book properly serves either of it s subjects to them It could either be about Satchel s life which it really is not , or it could be a comic about the injustices of segregation The attempt to do both in less than 100 pages does not succeed On the evils of Jim Crow and segregation, the book describes some of the problems, but tries too hard to create a forced victory to end on.On Satchel, well, the book barely touches on his life, his pitching ability, or his sense of humor, you get the sense that he was important, and skilled, but it s hard to believe that someone encountering Paige for the first time in this book would feel any particular admiration or interest in the man.Tommaso s artwork is great though, and the main reason I didn t give this book one star


  5. says:

    Satchel Paige Striking out Jim Crow is an excellent book about the struggle of African Americans in the South and an excellent book about baseball It tells the story of Emmett Wilson and his triumph and struggle through the Negro Leagues and back home in Tuckwilla, Alabama The arc of the story revolves around the late, great Satchel Paige Emmett s career in baseball ends abruptly and he and his family must suffer under the control of the Jennings family and their use of the Jim Crow laws Lu Satchel Paige Striking out Jim Crow is an excellent book about the struggle of African Americans in the South and an excellent book about baseball It tells the story of Emmett Wilson and his triumph and struggle through the Negro Leagues and back home in Tuckwilla, Alabama The arc of the story revolves around the late, great Satchel Paige Emmett s career in baseball ends abruptly and he and his family must suffer under the control of the Jennings family and their use of the Jim Crow laws Luckily, Emmett and his son get to witness the extraordinary revenge of Mr Paige This book is a graphic novel that relates a very serious era in history Mr James Sturm and Mr Rich Tommaso are very blunt in their portrayal of the time period Lynchings and abuse are straightforwardly presented as a reality of the time and location I think this would be a great way to discuss the realities of life in the South under Jim Crow for African Americans with 6th to 8th graders This book does have a great, easy baseball spin on it However, it is holds no punches in its use of racist language and the brutality that came with it Young people will pick up a graphic novel on baseball That is true But they need to watch out for the curve


  6. says:

    James Sturm Rich Tommaso s graphic novel Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow is the amazing story about one man s influence on the course of civil rights in American history, through his athletic abilities and influence Told through the eyes of an African American man relating his personal witness to how Satchel defied the Jim Crow laws of their day, this is a history lesson, a morality tale, and a legendary athletic story all rolled into one Sturm provides a complex portrait of Paige, James Sturm Rich Tommaso s graphic novel Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow is the amazing story about one man s influence on the course of civil rights in American history, through his athletic abilities and influence Told through the eyes of an African American man relating his personal witness to how Satchel defied the Jim Crow laws of their day, this is a history lesson, a morality tale, and a legendary athletic story all rolled into one Sturm provides a complex portrait of Paige, as one who was as defined for his skills as he was for his refusal to be defined by his race This is most definitely a book for anyone interested in the history of the Jim Crow South, as it provides an in depth look at the society of that time This graphic novel is also a must for anyone at all interested in the game of baseball The play by play blows of the game so electrifying and suspenseful made me feel witness to the excitement of the game as it was once played This does contain graphic depictions of the brutal and violent acts common towards African Americans at the time e.g lynching Ages 10 14


  7. says:

    despite the title, this book is only sort of about Satchel Paige mostly it focuses on Emmet from Tuckwilla, AL, a ballplayer whose career is cut short in the first chapter it s about Jim Crow, sharecropping, the Negro Leagues and, yes, Satchel Paige it s a unique introduction to segregation, using the game of baseball to illustrate some hard truths definitely good for readers both young and old.


  8. says:

    Short, but expressive A great springboard for exploring the history of segregation, racism and baseball I didn t love the art style, but three toned coloring and the panels conveyed the mood of the story issues, as well as the excitement of a baseball game well.


  9. says:

    Not as much info about Paige as you d expect, since this appears to be a biography of him.


  10. says:

    After several books that didn t live up to my expectations, Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow was a truly lovely return to form Written by graphic novelist James Sturm who knows a thing or two about old time baseball, based on his acclaimed The Golem s Mighty Swing and beautifully illustrated by Rich Tommaso, Satchel Paige tells a partially familiar story in an entirely new format.First off, it bears mentioning that Satchel Paige isn t a biography of the famed baseball star Rather, the bo After several books that didn t live up to my expectations, Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow was a truly lovely return to form Written by graphic novelist James Sturm who knows a thing or two about old time baseball, based on his acclaimed The Golem s Mighty Swing and beautifully illustrated by Rich Tommaso, Satchel Paige tells a partially familiar story in an entirely new format.First off, it bears mentioning that Satchel Paige isn t a biography of the famed baseball star Rather, the book is the story of a fictional African American former Negro Leagues ballplayer who once scored a run off of Satchel Paige, injured himself in the process, and now lives, works, and raises his son in Jim Crow Alabama in the shadow of his achievement By turns heartbreaking and entertaining, the graphic novel details the daily injustices perpetrated by white enforcers of Jim Crow against the African Americans who lived among them, but also the real triumph that Paige could engender because his fame and skill transcended race, even as Paige combated its indignities as well Technically, Satchel Paige is a young adult graphic novel, but, true to Sturm s usual form and the typical fare of the Center for Cartoon Studies works, the book is easily accessible to readers of all ages, provides new information and context for adult readers as well as young adult, and even has a bibliography for further reading, that includes works on Jim Crow in context, as well as Paige s own autobiography, Maybe I ll Pitch Forever.Part of the charm of Satchel Paige is that it offers hope view spoiler Paige s inspiring performance at the climax of the book in which he very pointedly and visibly gains the upper hand over the wealthy landowner who called him a washed up n r in a panel taking up the entirety of its page, no less provides closure for the protagonist who once competed against him, as well as hope for his son, insofar as he has witnessed a black man with the courage and social standing to stand up to Jim Crow racism and has been inspired to move intothan that himself particularly given that baseball very much offered African Americans a prime way out of Jim Crow during the first half of the twentieth century, the significance was not lost on me hide spoiler There is something very slightly discomfiting about white writers and artists telling a story of racism against African Americans, but there are no white saviors here indeed, the protagonist and his son save themselves, with Satchel Paige as the motivator therefor Ultimately, Satchel Paige is a masterful triumph, both in format and in thematic material


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