Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for ... See full summary »
Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for Negroes, to his highs and lows in baseball and in his personal life. Written by
Jerry Milani <firstname.lastname@example.org>
During the "All-Star Game" between the Negro League and the Major League, Josh Gibson (Ernie Barnes) and another player are seen wearing their usual Homestead Grays uniform while at bat instead of the Satchel All Stars uniform their team is wearing. See more »
In the bad old days, white baseball players demanded and got a ban on African-Americans which lasted till the 1940s. Hence, many black players were denied the rewards justly due to them. Satchel Paige was one of these unfortunates. But he was no victim; he enjoyed life and lived it well. He found ways to play baseball in the Dominican Republic, a Third World country which, ironically, was more tolerant than the United States. He also played in the Negro League.
Louis Gossett, Jr., is one of the world's great actors, as anyone who saw him in "An Officer and a Gentleman" would testify. Few similar opportunities have come his way since then. Probably, because he is black. Shades (no pun intended) of Satchel Paige! Louis Gossett, Jr., is wonderful as Satchel Paige. Hence, this poignant movie is worth watching.
(Reviewed by Sundar Narayar)
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