Satchel Paige : striking out Jim Crow / by James Sturm & Rich Tommaso ; with an introduction by Gerald Early.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This isa fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero.
    • Notes:
      A Junior Library Guild selection
    • Other Titles:
      Center for Cartoon Studies presents.
    • ISBN:
      9780786839001 : HRD
      0786839007 : HRD
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Booklist Reviews 2007 November #1

*Starred Review* Sturm, a 2004 Eisner Award winner (with Guy Davis) for Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules and the author of The Golem's Mighty Swing (2001), returns to baseball in this graphic novel about fictional Emmet Wilson, a black farmer whose moment of glory as a player in the Negro Leagues came when he scored a run off the great pitcher Satchel Paige. Shortly after that, an injury ends Wilson's career and forces him to return to the life of a farmer. Strum focuses on Wilson's plight in the racist South of the 1940s, but also shows how his brief encounter with the legendary Paige—an iconic force against Jim Crow laws—provided lifelong inspiration. Tommaso's black-and-white artwork brings out the stark times and emotions with strong, powerful lines, but also grandly evokes Paige's quiet patience and his electrifying dynamism on the mound. This visually powerful, suspenseful, even profound story makes an excellent choice for readers interested in baseball or in the history of race relations. An appended section fills in more about the times and provides a springboard for discussion. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2008 January #1

Delivering far more than a conventional biography or baseball book, this graphic novel reveals the sport as an agent of hope in the Jim Crow South. Sturm (cofounder and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies, which partnered with Hyperion for this title) and Tommaso create a fictional African-American sharecropper who turns to Negro League baseball to support his family ("I'll be makin' more money than her daddy and my daddy put together. Ain't braggin' if it's true"). The narrator hits a pitch off of Satchel Paige, but his career is cut short by injury and he returns to sharecropping. When he sends his son to school rather than have him work the fields, two white land-owning brothers mercilessly beat the boy; the book's only full-spread art eschews the traditional square and rectangular panels used everywhere else and, devastatingly, shows father and son the next day, laboring in an endless field of cotton. 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. The narrative and duotone art are largely understated, with stark exceptions: among them, a lynching victim hanging from a tree and an epithet, directed at Paige, which roars across the infield. By emphasizing Paige's influence and mythos rather than focusing on details about his life or career, Sturm and Tommaso offer a powerful and unique testimony to his legacy. Ages 10-up. (Dec.)

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