Synopses & Reviews
Baseball Hall of Famer Leroy Satchel Paige (19051982) 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 history and 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.
"Tommaso's black-and-white artwork brings out the stark times and emotions with strong, powerful lines, but also grandly evokes Paige's quiet patience and his electrifying dynamism on the mound. This visually powerful, suspenseful, even profound story makes an excellent choice for readers interested in baseball or in the history of race relations." Booklist
Baseball Hall of Famer Leroy Satchel Paige was arguably the hardest thrower, most entertaining storyteller, and greatest gate attraction in the Negro League. Now the Center for Cartoon Studies turns a graphic novelists eye to Paiges story. This compelling narrative follows Paige from game to game as he travels throughout the segregated South.