Something to Prove (Library Binding)

The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio

By Rob Skead, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)

Carolrhoda Books, 9780761366195, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

List Price: 16.95*
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Description

In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call--Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige's skillful batting and amazing pitching--with his "trouble ball" and "bat dodger"-- kept the game close. Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatness--and the injustice of segregated baseball?