Satchel Paige by James Sturm
Striking Out Jim Crow

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Baseball Hall of Famer Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1905? – 1982) 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.
 
 

About James Sturm

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JAMES STURM was born in New York City and is the founder and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He won an Eisner Award for his graphic novel "Unstable Molecules," a superhero story about the Fantastic Four. Rich Tommaso has been writing and illustrating original comics and graphic novels for 17 years. Many of his works have been translated into Spanish and French. He has penned over a dozen original comic books in his career, garnering favorable reviews from Publisher's Weekly, SPIN Magazine, CBG, Wizard, and The Comics Journal. His last graphic novel with writer James Sturm, SATCHEL PAIGE: STRIKING OUT JIM CROW, received great praise by The New York Times and in 2008 won him an Eisner award for Best Reality-Based Work.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Hyperion Book CH. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though that battle is lost when the white landowners notice the boy’s absence, and he is later found beaten by the side of the road, the father takes his son to see Paige’s traveling team humble a white team that includes those same landlords, and then gives him the ball that the pitcher had give...

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The story culminates with Paige’s team coming to play against the all-white hometown favorites: the final score is less important than the chance to see Paige make quick work of the opposing batters.

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