(P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Lipman...has preserved the flavor and cadence of Paige's conversation and writes his story honestly, avoiding neither the tragedies nor the escapades which mark his career." (Booklist)
"Not only was Satchel Paige an amazing athlete, he was one of the great American humorists in the tradition of Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and Yogi Berra. The most famous black player of his era shines through the pages of this remarkable autobiography." (John B. Holway)
Being an autobiography certain details were left out, which makes more vivid how Satchel Paige saw himself. This is a rich history, full of insight.
The only blemish is that the reader mispronounces Bill Veeck's name at every occurance. It is Veeck as in Wreck (Bill Veeck's 1962 Autobiography) Bill Veeck was very important to Satchel Paige and he endeavored to integrate baseball long before Branch Rickey did. It is regretable that neither the gentleman reading, nor the audio editor, got this right. It takes away from the book at each utterance.
Don't let one blemish cause you to hesitate if you are inclined to listen to the greatest pitcher of all time tell you his tale. I found it enthralling.
After this you may want to listen to "We Are The Ship" which adds a wealth of information about the Negro Leagues Satchel Paige describes in part.
I just couldn't listen to the reader of this book. His voice was not suited at all to the words he was reading or the world he was supposed to represent. I had to quit after half an hour.
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