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Maybe I'll Pitch Forever: A Great Baseball Player Tells The Hilarious Story Behind The Legend

Paige, LeRoy Satchel

ISBN 10: 1258405598 / ISBN 13: 9781258405595
Published by Literary Licensing, LLC, 2012
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Title: Maybe I'll Pitch Forever: A Great Baseball ...

Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC

Publication Date: 2012

Book Condition:Very Good

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[This is the Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case.]

Satchel Paige was forty-two years old in 1948 when he became the first black pitcher in the American League. Although the oldest rookie around, he was already a legend. For twenty-two years, beginning in 1926, Paige dazzled throngs with his performance in the Negro Baseball Leagues. Then he outlasted everyone by playing professional baseball, in and out of the majors, until 1965. Struggle against early poverty and racial discrimination was part of Paige's story. So was fast living and a humorous point of view. His immortal advice was ''Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.'' That inimitable personality is captured in this autobiography, as told to David Lipman. The afterword describes the last twenty years of Paige's life, including the proud moment in 1971 when he became one of the first three great players from the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Originally published in 1962, Paige's autobiography is as enticingly full of personality as the fabulous pitcher himself. Paige's career overflowed with legend from beginning to end; the most compelling character to come out of the Negro Leagues, he finally broke into the Majors as a relatively old man in his 40s, and continued to stymie Big League hitters on and off until he could finally sit back and collect Social Security. Paige lived large, casting a giant shadow on and off the diamond as he battled prejudice with a disarming mixture of skill--during the barnstorming era of the '20s and '30s, the white stars of game hated facing him--and an unforgettable wit: "Don't look back," he counselled, "something might be gaining on you." His breezy autobiography is colorful, spirited, conversational, and immodest, but as Satch would be the first to admit, he had very little to be modest about. The literature of the game is more vivid for its presence. --Jeff Silverman

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