Satchel Paige by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Some say Leroy Paige was born with his right fist curled around a baseball. By the age of ten he could outthrow anyone, small or grown. When he wasn't toting baggage at the depot (that's how he earned money and the nickname "Satchel"), he was pitching. His coach at school told him, "You concentrate on baseball, and you might make something of yourself."
And that he did. Satchel Paige developed his own pitches (he even named them!) and a unique pitching style, complete with a grin he flashed as he released the ball. Fans packed the stands to see how many batters he could strike out in one game. They loved his confidence, his fast-talking, and the way he followed his own rules.
After just one year in the semi-pros Satch was playing in the Negro major leagues. He went on to become the first African American to pitch in a major league World Series, and the first black to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. By the time he died in 1982, he had enjoyed one of the longest and brightest careers in baseball history.
Lesa Cline-Ransome's spirited, folksy narrative and James Ransome's boldly colored, exciting paintings capture the challenges, rewards and, most of all, the unique brand of showmanship in the life of the tall, lean legend named Satchel Paige.
 

About Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Lesa Cline-Ransome received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and a master of arts degree in education from New York University. She taught in a program designed to care for children of teenage parents who were returning to high school. She now writes for children full time. This is her first book with husband James Ransome. Of this book she says, "I hoped to capture the soul of Satchel and the heart of America's game." Lesa and James live in the Hudson River Valley region of New York with their three children, Jaime, Maya, and Malcolm, and their dalmation, Clinton.
 
Published May 30, 2012 by Live Oak Media. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Few characters in sports have so vivid or memorable a personality as Satchel Paige, even in the era of Michael Jordan;

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PW called this informal, anecdotal profile of the first black pitcher to play in the major leagues and the first black inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame "a fitting tribute to a baseball hero."

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This first collaboration between a husband-and-wife team offers an informal, anecdotal profile of Leroy ""Satchel"" Paige, one of the all-time great baseball players of the Negro League, the first black pitcher to play in the major leagues and the first black inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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In the first half of this century, some of the best baseball players in America did not play in the Bronx, or Fenway Park, or in Tiger Stadium.

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