Something to Prove by Rob Skead
The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

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In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white.

For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige's skillful batting and amazing pitching with his "trouble ball" and "bat dodger" kept the game close.

Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatness and the injustice of segregated baseball?

About Rob Skead

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Robert Skead has three great loves: his family, writing and baseball. An avid New York Yankees fan, his affection for the game began in third grade when his dad bought him his first glove. His favorite subject while growing up was always creative writing. It was a talent his mother noticed and encouraged him to pursue as a young man. Robert lives with his wife and family in New Jersey. He is also the author of: Hitting Glory, A baseball bat adventure; Elves Can't Dunk, Elves Can't Tackle and Elves Can't Kick. Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.
Published January 1, 2013 by Carolrhoda Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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A little-known episode in the careers of two baseball giants highlights the racial divide in the game.

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Paige, a black baseball player who was a renowned pitcher well before the days of Jackie Robinson, wasn’t permitted to play in the major leagues. But his reputation was such that when the Yankees want

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Provo City Library's Children Book Review

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