Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend

Satchel The Life and Times of an American Legend 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 bo

  • Title: Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
  • Author: Larry Tye
  • ISBN: 9780812977974
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.Through dogged research and extensive interviews, award winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majHe 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.Through dogged research and extensive interviews, award winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher Here is the stirring account of the child born to a poor Alabama washerwoman, the boy who earned his nickname from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, and the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school before becoming the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues.In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him in breaking the Majors color barrier, emerged at the improbable age of forty two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series Age is a case of mind over matter, he said If you don t mind, it don t matter Rewriting our history of baseball s integration with Paige in the starring role and separating truth from legend, Satchel is a story as large as this larger than life man.

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    1. Larry Tye

      Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S senator, and presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy The Making of a Liberal Icon explores RFK s extraordinary transformation from cold warrior to fiery leftist.Tye s first book, The Father of Spin, is a biography of public relations pioneer Edward L.Bernays Home Lands looks at the Jewish renewal underway from Boston to Buenos Aires Rising from the Rails explores how the black men who worked on George Pullman s railroad sleeping cars helped kick start the Civil Rights movement and gave birth to today s African American middle class Shock, a collaboration with Kitty Dukakis, is a journalist s first person account of electro convulsive therapy ECT , psychiatry s most controversial treatment, and a portrait of how that therapy helped one woman overcome debilitating depression Satchel is the biography of two American icons Satchel Paige and Jim Crow Superman tells the nearly real life story of the most enduring American hero of the last century.In addition to his writing, Tye runs the Boston based Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues like public health, mental health, and high tech medicine Launched in 2001 and supported by a series of foundations, the fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists a year from newspapers,radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide.From 1986 to 2001, Tye was an award winning reporter at The Boston Globe, where his primary beat was medicine He also served as the Globe s environmental reporter, roving national writer, investigative reporter, and sports writer Before that, he was the environmental reporter at The Courier Journal in Louisville, and covered government and business at The Anniston Star in Alabama.Tye, who graduated from Brown University, was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993 94 He taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern, and Tufts.

    330 thoughts on “Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend”

    1. "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."---Satchel PaigeNotice that Satchel's name is misspelled.When I was twelve, my Dad found a handful of his Topps baseball cards from the 1950s and gave them to me. Among the cool player’s names were Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, and a lanky black man named Satchel Paige. I pondered on the name Satchel and the name Yogi. How does a guy get a name like Satchel or for that matter Yogi? Later while in col [...]

    2. As a baseball fan this was a very enjoyable book for me. I enjoyed learning about Satchel Paige who was a fantastic ball player who pushed the boundaries his entire life. Living in Kansas City and knowing the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, I've heard stories over the years about the Monarchs, Satchel Paige and Buck O'Neil. Buck was a supporter of the organization where I work and I missed meeting him by a few months. So, I recognize several names in this book. If you are in Kans [...]

    3. As a lifelong baseball fan and a person who believes in racial equality and the importance of respecting all people, this book was a good read. It was about baseball but also about the struggle for racial equality and respect.The book probably could have been better organized and the story being told in a non-chronological manner bothered me some--and some of the content seemed a little contradictory. But the book is written in good prose; it flowed well and was a joy to read.Satchel was certain [...]

    4. This was decent enough, and certainly an interesting subject. I have a lot of sympathy for the author, for it was apparent that he was caught up in a very understandable quandary involving how much background to include. Can you understand the career of Satchel Paige without understanding the Negro Leagues and can you understand the Negro Leagues without understanding Jim Crow and on and on. It landed in one of those places that is probably too much for some readers and not nearly enough for oth [...]

    5. Outstanding read! Satchel was an outstanding, complicated gift to baseball. This is a definite must read!

    6. Unfortunately, in Satchel Paige's time there were no radar guns to measure the speed of a pitched ball, but we do know these two facts: 1. Satchel threw so fast, sometimes the ball disappeared before it reached the catcher's mitt to the astonishment of everyone at the park. Now that is fast! 2. Satchel threw so fast, sometimes if a batter was lucky enough for his bat to strike the ball, the wood would start on fire. I ain't never seen no modern pitcher do that. Owner Bill Veek came out of this b [...]

    7. "Critics agreed that Tye's greatest challenge was to separate the truth of Paige's life from the fiction, promulgated by the shamelessly self-aggrandizing Paige himself. To this end, Tye researched Paige's life thoroughly, scrutinizing source documents from birth records to FBI files and conducting more than 200 interviews with Paige's family and friends. Tye's fondness for his subject is obvious, but that doesn't prevent him from debunking the myths surrounding Paige's life. However, a couple o [...]

    8. I'm not much of a baseball fan, or of sports or competition in general, but the subject of Satchel Paige peaked my interest since Greg Proops first belligerently sung the pitcher praise on his podcast the Smartest Man in the World. If I had no choice but to study American sports I'd likely choose baseball ("for it is our game" goes Whitman), and to pick an angle on baseball history to research, it would definitely be how race relations operated in baseball in the middle of the 20th century. Sinc [...]

    9. This is a well written biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige. He was finally admitted into the "Negro League" wing, a separate area of Cooperstown from the "real" Hall of Fame.This ably constructed book, authored by Larry Tye, traces Paige's bittersweet life from birth to death. We see how he grew up and how he began to create his own persona (his last name morphed from Page to Paige, for example).He began playing professional baseball in the Negro Leagues in Chattanooga in 1926. Early on, [...]

    10. Probably the saying most often attributed to Satchel Paige is "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." But one of his I like even better than that is "Work like you don't need money. Love like you've never been hurt. And dance like no one is watching." Not bad words to live by, coming from someone with almost no formal schooling.Satchel Paige was definitely a true American Legend, for the way he played baseball (blackball in the Jim Crow era, and then later in the Major Leagues) and [...]

    11. Satchel Paige was a pitcher with legendary skills and longevity. He literally pitched his way out of poverty during his childhood in Mobile, Alabama, rising quickly to the top of the negro leagues. He became a top drawer wherever he went and was literally baseball's first free agent. He knew his worth and commanded impressive earnings. Satchel felt throughout his career he had good enough stuff to excel in the major leagues. Unfortunately, when he finally was called up in 1948 by the Cleveland I [...]

    12. Satchel is the biography of the legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. The stories in this book show Satchel as both an extremely talented athlete, who paved the way for breaking the Major Leagues color barrier and a flawed, hard living everyman. One of my favorite stories is of a batter facing Satchels' pitching who didn't wait for a strikeout call. He walked back to the dugout after taking two called strikes, saying to his manager, "I didn't see the first two. What makes you think I'm going [...]

    13. Beautifully detailed, with lots of stories from old-timers who knew Mr. Paige. I can't help but feel that a black author would have better understood the discriminations and challenges Paige was up against, but Larry Tye still manages to convey plenty of that to the reader, and does a great job making the legend seem like a real human being.

    14. Satchel Paige I remember as a kid being treated as the "clown prince" of baseball, the man with the rubber arm who pitched forever, told funny stories, and always had a funny line for every situation. The black Yogi Berra, if you will.Tye's excellent biography reveals a complicated man who is perhaps the greatest pitcher ever seen in the 150 years of organized baseball, who had survived poverty and reform school with humor and good graces, while at the same time surviving and suffering under Jim [...]

    15. Satchel Paige’s story is irresistible to anyone who loves baseball or who is interested in American history. His story, remarkable in itself, is intertwined with the colorful history of the Negro Leagues and of the efforts by African-American and white sportswriters and others to integrate Major League Baseball. His story is already well told in a previous biography, Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows by Mark Ribowsky. Larry Tye’s fine and thorough (at times, though, perhaps too [...]

    16. I love baseball. I love books about baseball. AndSatchel Paige! How can someone screw this up? But, this was not great writing. And, if anything, Satchel Paige is diminished in my mind by this book, which I doubt was the author's intent. At times, the author is investigative reporter, tracking down once and for all the date of Paige's birth. At other times he glides over obvious apocrypha, like the story about a pitch Paige threw, everyone saw it, that no one saw caught. And the last chapter, in [...]

    17. This is a biography of a baseball legend. While I can appreciate the amount of research that went into the writing of this and the sifting process that it must have taken, I didn't care much for the way it was given. Satch sounded like a very colorful and very charming person. I wish the writing was also equal to that.I did the audio and that might have had something to do with how this settled with me. The narrator sounded a little boring.

    18. Very interesting story about an outstanding (maybe the best) baseball player of all time. His frustrationsdealing with racism and segregation make his story all the more amazing. I remember watching Willie Mays play in the early 1960's. But I did not realize at the time that blacks had been allowed in the majors only 15 years earlier. Larry Tye makes a great case that Paige, not Robinson, should have been the first black player in the majors.

    19. I'm always impressed with writers that demonstrate great research. This is certainly the case with Satchel. Fascinating life and with a lot of the oldtimers, it makes me wonder why current pitchers arms are so fragile. This is also a great history of the Negro Leagues. However there is one HUGE historical error I noticed. See if you do too.

    20. a wonderful poignant bio of satch and his skills. amazing anecdotes and filled with his witty ways to survive life. impossible to understand the segregated world of baseball and the glory owed to him. satchel is indeed larger than life.

    21. Back in the '60s, I read Satchel Paige's (ghostwritten) autobiography, "Maybe I'll Pitch Forever", which began a lifelong interest in both baseball and baseball history. "Satchel" is much more informative, almost without question more accurate, but a lot less entertaining.The first half of the book is extremely heavy on stats (and given how many teams Paige played for, there was probably no way around that), and it dragged. The best part of this book is the various reactions when Jackie Robinson [...]

    22. Too long by half! No organization, no plan. This book read like a young Satchel on the mound only it wouldn't improve like Satchel did. One of the all time greats, maybe the greatest, and he performed feats that are only borderline believable and larger than life. When he was good, he was unreal. The book was a meandering morass of statistics, quotes, and stories. Worth a skim if you are a baseball fan, but I won't rate it higher than that. The most interesting part for me was the unintended con [...]

    23. Fine bio of the baseball great, as well detailed and documented as could be imagined given that the pitcher played most of his career in 30s and 40s in the Negro leagues, where record-keeping was spotty and tall tales grew like summer corn. It's a winning portrait of an original character, with good analysis of Satch's relationship to other players, to owners (breaking contracts like they were eggshells, he was a self-made free agent decades before the term existed) and to the segregated (and la [...]

    24. Informative and pretty readable. I learned some things and it did give a good feeling of what the Negro Leagues were like to play in, as well as just being black in the early 20th century.The only negative is the slightly haliographic view towards Paige. Tye throws out the stats and tries to extrapolate it to compare to major leagues. He gives lip service to the variable competition Paige faced but then ignored it to say the stats show that Paige was the greatest. It was just unnecessary.

    25. LegendSatchel need his story told on the big screen. Somebody needs to make it happen. His story is of legends and you don’t have to worry about whether it’s accurate or not because who knows? Lol.

    26. While the author's style is a little four-square for my tastes, the case he makes for Paige, having researched and interviewed diligently, upends much previous contemporary wisdom. And what a character! To have seen him pitch!

    27. Casey Stengel, in a 1953 game between the St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees, upon seeing Satchel Paige warming up in the bullpen: "Get the runs now! Father Time is coming!."

    28. This was a very well written and well researched book. Probably gets to the truth of Satchel more than anything I've read. Enjoyed the whole thing!

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