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Satchel - The Life and Times of an American Legend

Larry Tye

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy "Satchel" Paige. Few reliable records or news reports survive about players in the Negro Leagues. Through dogged detective work, award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher, interviewing more than two hundred Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, talking to family and friends who had never told their stories before, and retracing Paige's steps across the continent. Here is the stirring account of the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the boy who earned the nickname "Satchel" from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members. Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, spent as much money as he made, and left tickets for "Mrs. Paige" that were picked up by a different woman at each game. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. ("Age is a case of mind over matter," he said. "If you don't mind, it don't matter.") More than a fascinating account of a baseball odyssey, Satchel rewrites our history of the integration of the sport, with Satchel Paige in a starring role. This is a powerful portrait of an American hero who employed a shuffling stereotype to disarm critics and racists, floated comical legends about himself-including about his own age-to deflect inquiry and remain elusive, a

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy "Satchel" Paige. Few reliable records or news reports survive about players in the Negro Leagues. Through dogged detective work, award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher, interviewing more than two hundred Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, talking to family and friends who had never told their stories before, and retracing Paige's steps across the continent. Here is the stirring account of the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the boy who earned the nickname "Satchel" from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members. Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, spent as much money as he made, and left tickets for "Mrs. Paige" that were picked up by a different woman at each game. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. ("Age is a case of mind over matter," he said. "If you don't mind, it don't matter.") More than a fascinating account of a baseball odyssey, Satchel rewrites our history of the integration of the sport, with Satchel Paige in a starring role. This is a powerful portrait of an American hero who employed a shuffling stereotype to disarm critics and racists, floated comical legends about himself-including about his own age-to deflect inquiry and remain elusive, a
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He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy "Satchel" Paige. Few reliable records or news reports survive about players in the Negro Leagues. Through dogged detective work, award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher, interviewing more than two hundred Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, talking to family and friends who had never told their stories before, and retracing Paige's steps across the continent. Here is the stirring account of the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the boy who earned the nickname "Satchel" from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members. Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, spent as much money as he made, and left tickets for "Mrs. Paige" that were picked up by a different woman at each game. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. ("Age is a case of mind over matter," he said. "If you don't mind, it don't matter.") More than a fascinating account of a baseball odyssey, Satchel rewrites our history of the integration of the sport, with Satchel Paige in a starring role. This is a powerful portrait of an American hero who employed a shuffling stereotype to disarm critics and racists, floated comical legends about himself-including about his own age-to deflect inquiry and remain elusive, a

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dominic Hoffman

Length:

13h 43m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:01


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:29


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:12


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:16


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:25


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:49


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:53


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:52


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:24


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:04


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:45


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:52


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:21


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:52


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:34


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:33


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:28


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:09


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:57


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:59


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:19


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:34


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:19


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:49


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:16


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:47


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:31