Leroy “Satchel” Paige was forty-two years old when he
became the first African American pitcher in the American League in 1948.
Although he was the oldest rookie around, he had already become a legend. For
twenty-two years, beginning in 1926, Paige dazzled fans with his performance in
the Negro Major Leagues. He outlasted everyone by playing professional
baseball, both in and out of the majors, until 1965. Struggle—against early
poverty and racial discrimination—is an integral part of Paige’s story, as are
his fast living and humorous point of view. His immortal advice—one of the most
famous quotes in baseball—was, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on
Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever is Paige’s autobiography, as
told to David Lipman.
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