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Only the Ball Was WhiteA History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams$
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Robert Peterson

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001

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The Travelin’ Man

The Travelin’ Man

(p.129) 10 The Travelin’ Man
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the legendary Satchel Paige and his life before and during his baseball heydays. Paige was considered a Babe Ruth of Negro baseball. He did not win every game he was in though he probably had the most wins compared to any other pitcher in history. His appeal was interracial and universal though he never forgot that he was a black man. Tributes were heaped over him by some of the best names in the industry—Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, and other major-league stars. The chapter discusses his early years and his numerous conflicts with the law. When he started with the Birmingham Black Barons, he had no other throw but his fastball but it was a fastball like no other. That was the start of his legendary career.

Keywords:   Satchel Paige, Babe Ruth, Negro Baseball, pitcher, black man, Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Birmingham Black Barons, fastball

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