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
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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 »
Boy, here's a classic case of a book being far better than the ensuing movie. Paige's autobiography was entertaining and both informative and humorous.
This film, thanks to a few things like actors who have no clue how to throw or hit a baseball, make the story lose credibility. Lou Gossett, playing Paige, can't throw which kind of hurts since Paige was a pitcher! Duh!! All-time great Negro League hitter Josh Gibson (Ernie Barnes), the "Babe Ruth" of his league, looks like a Little Leaguer with his horrible swing.
Meanwhile, the romance and the prejudice angles are all way out of proportion to Paige's book. Skip this film; read the book. It's far, far better.
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