July 20, 2010

Graphic novel about baseball great

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
by James Sturm & Rich Tommaso

Paige's story is told from the point-of-view of a young baseball player who managed to get a hit off the great pitcher. Many years later, he takes his son to a game between Paige's All-Stars and the Tuckwilla, Alabama Stars. In between, the novel tackles the issues of racism, cruelty, and segregation, and how Paige fought against it. 

With a minimum of prose, this is a different take on baseball history, one that should be read in addition to any other book (of which there are many) about Satchel Paige.

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