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SATCHEL PAIGE: Striking Out Jim Crow

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Transcript of SATCHEL PAIGE: Striking Out Jim Crow

Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.
Tuckwilla, Alabama is the fictional town where the story both begins and ends. It's a small town filled with white sharecroppers and African Americans who work the sharecropper's land. Jim Crow laws are prominent and cast fear into the hearts of the African American workers. Although the town was not real, it shows a realistic portrayal of racial discrimination in the south.
Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama
The Narrator
Vol XCIII, No. 311
James Sturm & Rich Tommaso
James Sturm
is a graphic novelist and cartoonist from New York, New York. In 2005, he established the Center for Cartoon Studies, a college for cartoonists. He has published other graphic novels, including one about a Jewish baseball team from the 1920s.
This was a different book for me. I usually read historical fiction, which this was, but I don't read many sports books. The baseball terminology confused me, but I was able to figure it out as I went along. I liked the fact that the author used the same color scheme on each page, which made it easier to draw your eyes across the whole page, but using the same colors also made the characters a little difficult to tell apart. Something else I found interesting was that the author wrote with an accent, which drew you into the story, making it less of a presentation of facts and more of a tale. I have to only give it four stars because I found the title a little misleading and the plot was slightly confusing.
SATCHEL PAIGE: Striking Out Jim Crow
By James Sturm
Rich Tommaso
is a cartoon artist from Georgia. He drew the illustrations for this book.
Tuckwilla, Alabama
There is a flashback in the story when the narrator goes back to his baseball days when he was a part of an African American barnstorming team. In his past, he played against Satchel Paige at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, AL. This was the home field of the Birmingham Black Barons, one of the teams Satchel Paige played for during his 40 year baseball career.

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"Oldest Baseball Park Review." Aplussportsandmore-fanshop-baseballfield. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.

The story begins in 1927 with Emmett Wilson, who plays baseball for an African American team. During his first game, he plays against Satchel Paige, a legendary pitcher for the Birmingham Black Barons. While the narrator is playing, he is injured, leading to the end of his baseball career. It is 1944 before the narrator ever hears of Satchel Paige again, which is only when Satchel Paige's team passes through the town he lives in. He goes to the game and brings his son. There is something that is different about this game: the team Paige is playing for, an all black team, is playing against an all white team. The team must fight the stereotypes and segregation they face during the game. Even prior to the Civil Rights movement's start, Satchel Paige helped show that "all men are created equal" could truly be accomplished.
Emmett Wilson tells the story. Although we do not know much about him, we do know that he grew up in Tuckwilla, a segregated town in Alabama, that he works as a sharecropper, and that he has one son, Emmett Jr.
Satchel Paige
Although the book is named after him, Satchel Paige is not talked about very much. We do know that he is the pitcher for the Birmingham Black Barons, that he is very tall and wiry, and that he defies white supremacy.
Mr. Jennings
Mr. Jennings is the sharecropper Emmett Wilson works the land from. He very much believes in segregation and white supremacy. After he dies, his two twin sons run the farm.
The Jennings Twins
The Jennings twins run the farm and play baseball (they are a part of the team that Satchel Paige eventually plays against.) They, like their father, are very narrow-minded and do not like the idea of African Americans having equal rights.
~Satchel Paige
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