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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
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Right after a White Sox player steals a home run from Josh Gibson, Charlie Gehringer is said to hit a ball into left-center field. We see the ball hit in that direction, the outfielder break to the camera's left, but when he fields the ball and throws home, a foul line (the Right field foul line) is to his right, and as the runner from first scores, the ball comes from the first base side (Right field) to the catcher. 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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