Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

by James Sturm

He made a point of writing his own historyand then re-writing it.

Now the Center for Cartoon Studies turns a graphic novelist's eye to Paige's story.

Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this compelling narrative follows Paige from game to game as he travels throughout the segregated South.

In stark prose and powerful graphics, author and artist share the story of a sports hero, role model, consummate showman, and era-defining American.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Sequential Art
  • Rating: 3.79
  • Pages: 96
  • Publish Date: December 18th 2007 by Jump At The Sun
  • Isbn10: 0786839015
  • Isbn13: 9780786839018

What People Think about "Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow"

After an encounter with Satchel Paige and an abrupt career-ending injury, the narrator transitions the story to a little town in Alabama where he recounts the plight of Southern sharecroppers in the 1930s and 1940s. The narrator and his son savor the victory, but the story seems soured to me because of references from the Introduction, story, and Panel Discussions make Paige out to be more of an entrepreneur than a sports hero or civil rights activist. My biggest complaint is that there are so few references about Satchel Paige as a person.

Then, one day, Satchel Paige is advertised as coming to play the local white baseball team and everyone turns out. In the midst of all this, the narrator decides to finally tell his son about his baseball days and remind his child that he still has options. The idea of placing Paige within the context of his times by narrating through someone else is inspired and probably why the book works as well as it does. The fictional sharecropper who tells his own story first and how Paige intersected with it second, is a great character because you can feel the reality of his situation. With its misleadingly simple images and deep vein of authenticity, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow comes across as a biography of necessity.

The twins are on the towns baseball team and they pay to get Satchel Paige and his team to come and play. Emmet ends up taking his son to the baseball game. He goes on to strike out many players and wins the game for his team. I think that Satchel Paige, Striking Out Jim Crow is a good read.

Once I got out of my own way, though, it was a powerful little book about life in Paige's time that drove home the reality of Jim Crow America through the lens of baseball and left me to confront for the first time what risks black athletes took in this era.

SUMMARY: This book weaves together biography and fiction, with the real part concerning Satchel Paige, a famous African-American baseball player during the 1920s through the 1940s. I even became interested in the baseball part of the novel, and if this book could affect me in this way, it will affect others.

On the evils of Jim Crow and segregation, the book describes some of the problems, but tries too hard to create a forced victory to end on. On Satchel, well, the book barely touches on his life, his pitching ability, or his sense of humor, you get the sense that he was important, and skilled, but it's hard to believe that someone encountering Paige for the first time in this book would feel any particular admiration or interest in the man.

Satchel Paige: Striking out Jim Crow is an excellent book about the struggle of African-Americans in the South and an excellent book about baseball. I think this would be a great way to discuss the realities of life in the South under Jim Crow for African-Americans with 6th to 8th graders.

James Sturm & Rich Tommasos graphic novel Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow is the amazing story about one mans influence on the course of civil rights in American history, through his athletic abilities and influence.

He is also the founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies and the National Association for Comics Art Educators.